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John midas loves chocolate. He loves it so much that he′ll eat it any hour of any day. He doesn′t care if he ruins his appetite. He thinks chocolate is better than any other food! But one day, after wandering into a candy store and buying a piece of their best chocolate, John finds out that there might just be such a thing as too much chocolate. . . .

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Born in London, Patrick Skene Catling was educated there and at Oberlin College in the United States. As a Royal Canadian Air Force navigator and as a journalist, he has traveled extensively. His present home is in the Republic of Ireland.The original appearance of The Chocolate Touch in 1952 stirred much reviewer enthusiasm. The New York Herald Tribune remarked, "it has already proved a hilarious success with children," and The Saturday Review said, "it is told with an engaging humor that boys and girls will instantly discover and approve."

Margot Apple lives in Massachusetts. She has three horses: two Morgans (Devil, age twenty-five, and Tiggy, Devil's 1999 filly) and Annie, a quarter horse. In 2003 Tiggy began participating in her first horse shows in the Western Pleasure Division.

Margot Apple is the author-artist of Blanket and Brave Martha and the illustrator of Appaloosa Zebra: A Horse Lover's Alphabet, Runaway Radish, and the beloved "Sheep" books, including Sheep in a Jeep and Sheep Trick or Treat.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688161332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688161330
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By slomamma on June 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is basically a twist on the story of King Midas and the Golden Touch. In this case, though, it isnÃ*t gold that the main character, John Midas, loves, but chocolate. When John receives a "gift" of the ability to turn everything he touches to chocolate, it turns out to be more of a curse than a gift. Having his breakfast bacon and eggs turn into chocolate seems wonderful, but when he gets thirsty and canÃ*t get a simple (non-chocolate flavored) drink of water, he begins to understand the need for variety.
I donÃ*t know many children who have an overpowering love of gold, but just about every child can identify with a boy whose desire for chocolate knows no bounds, and so this story is just a natural grabber for elementary school-age children.
You might expect a book with a message (eat a variety of healthy foods) to be moralistic, even a little dull, but this book is nothing like that. The plot is absorbing, much of it is laugh-out-loud funny, and the characters are all well-drawn and interesting.
The Chocolate Touch is a real charmer.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on May 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Chocolate Touch is a take-off of the King Midas story.But, instead of turning everything he touches to gold, John Midas finds that everything he touches with his lips, turns to chocolate. Of course, at first he thinks this is great. But as time passes, John finds life is getting difficult. When he forgets and kisses his mother, he really begins to panic. This is a classic, be careful what you wish for story, that all kids will love. Easy to read with funny story events that keep kids turning pages to the end. Highly recommended for 2nd - 4th graders.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Patrick Skene Catling, The Chocolate Touch (Dell, 1952)

Light, funny morality tale about getting what you want. John Midas is a schoolchild who craves nothing more in the world than chocolate. One day, he finds a coin in the gutter which he takes to a chocolate store he's never seen before; what he buys there makes everything that touches his lips turn to chocolate. This causes varying measures of disbelief amongst his schoolmates, teachers, and parents, until an irrevocable act makes his curse impossible to ignore.

I have to admit that, the whole time I was reading the middle part of this book (where things turning to chocolate annoy and inconvenience him, without causing any major havoc), I kept wondering why he simply didn't offer to prove to anyone that this power existed, but it never seems to have occurred to him. This always strikes me as a major failing of the author's when I run across it; there's a simple, logical way for someone to get out of a situation, and they just fail to think of it for the purpose of advancing the plot. That said, it's a quick, humorous read, and one would think that the target audience for the book won't be so critical of various plot failures. (If your kid asks the same question, though, rejoice, for he is well on the way to being a writer. Or despair, for he is well on the way to being a media critic.) ***
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
October 26,2001
My review of the book The Chocolate Touch. I think that all of you people that have not read the book The Chocolate Touch should. John gets a piece of chocolate and eats it. After he eats it ,everything that touches his mouth or lips turn into chocolate. Like his pencil or his gloves and even his mother turn into chocolate. What happens? Do they turn back? You find out. Trust me it's a good book. I have read it 3 times already.
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35 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2001
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My third grade students at Bi-Cultural day School in Stamford, CT just completed The Courage of Sarah Noble, by Alice Dalgliesh. The students were eager to share their reactions to the historical fiction novel. Stacey Shaener
I would recommend this book to a friend because you are itching to know how John cures himself and that's what I think makes a good book...Ari
I liked this book because... John got the chocolate touch and it was exciting when all those things turned into chocolate . It was exciting when his food turned to chocolate because it tasted yummy. ...Claire
I like this book because it shows you not to just care about yourself like John did, but to care about other people. That's why I like the book ...Daniel R
I disliked this book because I knew what would happen all along the way because it gave me lots of clues. One of the clues was the picture on the cover. It showed me John's mom as chocolate....Eugene
I would recommend this book because this boy John made everything turn to chocolate. My favorite part of the story was when an older boy named Spider Wilson, who went to John's school,saw John eating his gloves. Spider Wilson said,"Why are you eating your gloves?" John told him they tasted like chocolate,but when Spider Wilson tried his didn't. They tasted awful...Hannah
I liked this book because it was funny. It was funny when John was eating his gloves and he turned his mother into chocolate. . . Jeffrey
I would recommend this book to a friend because it was funny in some parts like when John was eating his glove and when he was bobbing for apples and the water turned to chocolate. ..
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