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Children's LiteratureThis 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