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Overview

This funny moral tale about a greedy boy's comeuppance has been beloved by children since its first appearance in 1952. Inspired by the legend of the avaricious king whose touch turned all to gold, Mr. Carling conceived a modern variation that delights as it instructs. In it a boy's lust for chocolate becomes the fatal flaw. This new edition, completely reillustrated by a talented young artist, will acquaint yet another generation with John Midas's classic predicament.

The story tells of the two days after John acquired the chocolate touch-the magic that turned everything his lips touched into chocolate. At first, John was elated with his discovery. Now at last he could have all the chocolate he wanted. Chocolate toothpaste was delicious; chocolate bacon and chocolate eggs were even better. But soon he began to get awfully thirsty, and before the day was over John suspected that his sweet dream-come-true might have its bitter side.

Witty and perceptive, written with a sure hand, this luscious fantasy will be warmly welcomed once again.

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This title is a delicious retelling of the story of King Midas whose touch turned everything into gold. In this case, sweet loving John finds an odd coin and a strange store where he spends the coin on what he thinks will be a box of chocolate. Much to John's disappointment, the box contains only a tiny piece of plain chocolate. But what chocolate it is—the most chocolaty chocolate he has ever tasted. The next morning, John discovers that everything that touches his lips turns into chocolate—rich, sweet, smooth chocolate just like the chocolate he ate the night before. Toothpaste tubes squirt chocolate. Water fountains at school spout streams of chocolate. This is a dream come true. But even greedy John finds that too much of a good thing can quickly turn from a dream into a nightmare—especially when he kisses his mother and turns her into an unmoving chocolate statue. Is there anything John can do to reverse this horror? An entertaining and humorous tale of a boy who gets much too much of a good thing. 2006 (orig. 1952), HarperTrophy, Ages 8 to 10.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553152876
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/15/1981
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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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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Chapter One



Most of the time John Midas was a very nice boy. Every now and then, 0 f course, he broke a rule, such as the rule against pretending to be a tiger when his sister, Mary, was supposed to be getting to sleep.

Generally speaking, however, he behaved very well.

He should have behaved better.

He lived in a comfortable house surrounded by a green lawn and widespreading shade trees that were suitable for climbing. His mother was gentle as well as practical. His father, when he didn't have to hurry to town, spent hours telling John interesting things about baseball, beetles, birds' nests, boats, brigands, and butterflies.

John went to school and liked it. His teacher, Miss Plimsole, was fairly easy to get along with, as long as he did careful work. He had received a new, shiny golden trumpet and music lessons as a going-to-school present. Mrs. Quaver, the music teacher, had soon agreed to let him play small parts, a few notes at a time, with the school orchestra.

Finally, there was Susan Buttercup, who was in his class. Susan had soft yellow curls, round pink cheeks, blue eyes, and one of the best collections of marbles in the neighborhood.

John should have been completely wellbehaved. But he wasn't.

He had one bad fault: he was a pig about candy. Boiled candy, cotton candy, licorice all-sorts, old-fashioned toffee, candied orange and lemon slices, crackerjack, jelly beans, fudge, black-currant lozenges for ticklish throats, nougat, marrons gldces, acid drops, peppermint sticks, lollipops, marshmallows, and, above all, chocolates-he devoured them all.

While other boys and girls spent their moneyon model airplanes, magazines, skipping ropes, and pet lizards, John studied the candy counters. All his money went on candy,

and all his candy went to himself. He never shared it. John Midas was candy mad.

At lunch one Saturday Mrs. Midas noticed a couple of little red spots on the end of John's nose. "Look," she said to Mr. Midas. "John has spots."

Mr. Midas leaned forward to look at them. He gravely shook his head and clicked his tongue. John tried to look too. But it is very difficult to see the end of your own nose without a mirror unless you happen to be an elephant with a long nose that you can bend double. When John tried to look at the end of his nose, first with one eye and then with the other, and then with both together, all that he could see was a pink blur. Besides, trying to look at something so close-made his eyes ache.

I can't see any spots, Mother," John said.

"Well, I canMr. Midas said. "Just because you don't see a thing doesn't always mean it

isn't there. Try feeling the end of your nose with your finger."

John rubbed his finger over the tip of his nose. It felt a bit rough.

"It may be measles," Mrs. Midas said anxiously. She placed her hand on John's forehead to feel whether he was warmer than usual. "But I don't think he has a temperature," she decided.

"I suspect John has been eating too much candy again," Mr. Midas said. "Have you been eating candy this morning, John?"

"Some," John admitted.

"What?" Mr. Midas asked.

"Well," John replied. "Well... I had a few Cream Delights. Susan gave them to me."

"Anything else?" Mr. Midas asked.

"A little Toffee Crunch," John said.

"And what else?" Mr. Midas asked, beginning to look cross.

John's ears grew red. He knew he wasn't

supposed to eat candy before meals. "Oh, only, er, oh ... hardly anything else," he said.

'John!" Mr. Midas said, and his son recognized the tone. It meant that John had to tell everything.

It turned out that John had been around to see most of his friends and had managed to get candy from nearly all of them. The list he recited was a long one.

"No wonder you have spots," Mr. Midas commented at last. "I think we'd better take John to see Dr. Cranium," he said to Mrs. Midas.

Dr. Cranium was a tall, thin man with a bald head and a gray mustache. He looked through his glasses at John and said, "Hmm."

"He eats a lot of candy," Mr. Midas said.

"He hasn't been eating his meals properly," Mrs. Midas said.

"That's just what I thought," Dr. Cranium said. "I can tell by looking at him that he eats much too much candy." The doctor shone a little electric light into John's right ear. Then he shone it into John's left ear. Then he shone it in John's nose. He told John to open wide and say ah. Then he shone the light into John's mouth. "Much too much candy! Gracious me-he seems to be full of candy!"

He told John to sit down and relax. Then he picked up a small rubber-headed hammer and gave John a light tap on the right knee, just below the joint. John's foot gave a weak kick. John giggled.

"It's nothing to laugh about," Mr. Midas said.

"No, John," the doctor reproved him.. "A healthy little boy who didn't eat too much candy would kick harder than that."

"I'm sorry," John said politely. "But I can kick harder if you want me to." He gave a sudden high kick, which knocked the hammer out of Dr. Cranium's hand. It landed on its rubber head and bounced across the room.

"John!" exclaimed Mrs. Midas. "I'm so sorry, Dr. Cranium. John, tell the doctor you're sorry for kicking his hammer."

"I'm sorry I kicked your hammer," John said.

I would recommend less candy," Dr. Cranium told Mr. and Mrs. Midas. "An upset stomach can lead to all sorts of complications."...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    Alex, first grader

    I read this book in one day and it was so cool and it was funny.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE, AND MORE CHOCOLATE!!!!!!

    This book made my mouth water for chocolate!!! I sooooo recomend this book for chocolate lovers!!!!! It was also very funny.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    awesome book

    It was so funny because he sprayed tooth paste in his mouth and it was sad because his mom turned to choclate and it's mysterius because the choclate store disapered!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    A successful book

    The chocolate touch was an outstanding book. I thought it had some great action,sometimes it's really surprising. I never want to stop reading the chocolate touch. You probably won't want to stop too. My favorite part of the book was when he eats the hole tooth paste and when his sister tells on him. The most sad part is when he turns his mom into chocolate.The end is happy though.Finally it was one of the best books I've ever read!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    a great book

    I think it was a great book because it as a lot of CHOCOLATE!.It was also pretty funny because at the start all he wants to eat is chocolate and now he's sick of it.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    It was pretty but kinda Kidy

    I thought this story was really good. It was different and that is what I liked about it. I didn't think that the story was going to be the way it sounded. I thought is was kind of kidy but it was still good. I would recomend this to anyone who likes candy and chocoalte and likes crazy things!!!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2002

    Can't put down

    This story is about a boy named John Midas. He loved chocolate more than anything. He found a coin with his initals on it. After that his life went hector. Anything he put his tongue on it turned to chocolate. So there are some interesting events in this story. Hope you like it.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2000

    This is a great book!

    I remember my 2nd grade teacher read this book to my class, and everyone loved it! I'm in 8th grade now but I would definatly read it again!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    Awesome book

    The book was exiting because everything John eat turned to chocolate like his breakfast. It was sort of sad because Johns mom turned into chocolate. The book is also funny because his trumpet turned to chocolate and made a funny sound.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    Funny,Sad,interesting

    The book was sad because his mother turns into chocolate.Its very funny because everything he eats turn to chocolate like when he drank orange
    juice it turns to chocolate.The book was really interesting because everything he eats turns to chocolate.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Loved it

    We loved this book. Its a keeper. The story is a lot like MIdas and the Golden Touch only with chocolate. My kids 3 and 6 loved it. I'm sure my son will be reading it when his reading skills improve. Its a keeper.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Chocolate touch

    A few years ago i read this book and i really liked it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2006

    A book as good as chocolate

    I am reviewing the book The Chocolate Touch and I thought this book was incredible. It also taught a good lesson on being to greedy. Some of the characters in the book were John Midas, Mr. Midas, Mrs. Midis, and the mysterious storekeeper. John Midas is a kid that loves chocolate and because of it he isn¿t nice to anyone. The storekeeper sells him one chocolate ball and then his life is changed for a couple of months. Finally, he saves his mom and learns a big lesson. I gave it four stars because it was a fabulous life learning book and will bring you pleasure and enjoyment. Don¿t get too greedy about the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

    This book made me laugh so much. I liked it a lot. The funniest part was when John went to Susan's Birthday party and they were bobbing for apples. As soon as John's mouth touched the water, everything turned to chocolate, yummy!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2003

    Great Book!

    This is a funny book and it has a lesson to learn from,and I liked it so much that it only took me a couple of hours to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    world of chocolate

    Eun hee Bang 14 years old 8th The Chocolate Touch This book is not special to me. But why I choose this book? Because I have no choice. I¿m Korean. I¿m not doing well about the english. It is easy book to American (same age of mine). I worked hard when I learned this book . It help me about the english. Also so fun and this book has great idea. When I have baby I will read to my baby.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2000

    a great book

    a good book everyone should read it it is funny and it has a lesson to learn

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    love this book

    I have a difficult time getting my 3rd grader to read but on this book he kept turning the pages wanting to find out what happened. Sure made me happy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Book Club Review

    Our 2nd and 3rd grade Book Club really enjoyed this book but we have one question...who was the storekeeper?!?! We have many theories but would love others opinions!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    love it so far!

    My son and I have been reading this book a little every night before his bed time. We have been reading a chapter a night and we always want to keep going. We can¿t wait to see how it ends. We're in the last chapter and should be done tonight... can't wait.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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