If Chocolate Were Purple

If Chocolate Were Purple


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In a world where chocolate is purple, where roller skates grow on trees and all kinds of things turn topsy turvy, one thing your little one can count on is your love. Full of delightful rhymes and whimsical imagery this fun bedtime story will warm hearts and ignite imaginations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615783437
Publisher: Flickerfawn
Publication date: 06/13/2013
Pages: 30
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Jen Barton was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and spent much of her life on the East Coast. In 2008 she and her family moved to California. With two cars, she and her husband moved two dogs, two guinea pigs, a cornsnake, and their 10-year old daughter across the country. The five day road trip (including a near escape by both dogs on Day 3) was one of her best experiences so far.

Just a short girl with a tall imagination, Barton lives with her husband and very sassy dog, and spends much of her time thinking of silly things to amuse children.

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If Chocolate Were Purple 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Author Jen Barton explores a nonsensical world in which chocolate is purple and bananas glow in the dark. Written in lyrical rhyme with fantastically imaginative scenarios, children are transported to a land of endless possibilities. Highly expressive and colorful illustrations are perfectly paired with this book. The most lovely ending to this enchanting read makes a point very clear: one thing is certain - little ones can count on your love. If Chocolate Were Purple is everything a children's picture book should be, all wrapped up in a perfect little bow. If chocolate were purple... what a magical place this world would be.
MotherDaughterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
My son (7) and I (Mom) reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here are our thoughts: SON SAYS: This book is about using our imagination. I really liked all of the pictures – they were really funny. My favorite picture is of the fireflies that have a body made out of a light bulb. That was really funny. My favorite part of the story was the lollipop soldiers because they were funny. I also really liked the little stars because they were cute. Nothing made any sense and that was good because it doesn’t make any sense for fish to have hair, bumblebees to swim, and for bananas to be round and glow in the dark. I liked how the book was silly. I learned that if chocolate were purple, bananas would glow in the dark and be round. And, lizards would dance and sing and dolphins would fly. That’s what would happen. Overall, I really liked this book and I thought it was very funny. I want to give this book 100 stars but my Mom won’t let me. I think everybody would like this book. MOM SAYS If Chocolate Were Purple is a highly imaginative, whimsical journey exploring what would happen if we let our imaginations run wild. “If chocolate were purple” is just the beginning. Think about what the world would be like if dolphins could fly or if bananas were round and glowed in the dark or if the stars hummed a tune as you kiss your loved one goodnight. But the best part of the story comes at the end when a mother’s love comes shining through leaving the reader filled with delight and warmth. I think my son and I agree that If Chocolate Were Purple is a fun and imaginative story featuring superb rhyming, beautiful illustrations, and lots of silliness. The author gets very creative in taking the reader on a journey deep into her imagination where all kinds of strange beings do unexpected things. My kids and I all loved the part about the lollipop soldiers providing comfort to a child who may be afraid of the dark. Most kids, at one time or another, will experience fear at nighttime and I think the idea of lollipop soldiers standing guard is brilliant. The illustrations were all superb in how colorful and detailed they were. There are many details in the pictures that are not mentioned in the text making this book one that children will want to revisit again and again in an attempt to spy something they had not noticed before. My son kept complaining that I was turning the pages too quickly. He was very interested in the illustrations and pointed out many things that I had missed. I also have to comment on the cover – it is absolutely eye-catching. This is a book I would notice right away on a library or bookstore shelf. My Bottom Line: If Chocolate Were Purple is a whimsical journey featuring solid rhyming, beautifully detailed illustrations, a great deal of silliness, and a heartwarming ending that will leave children and their caregivers feeling utterly delighted. I highly recommend this book as bedtime book or in the classroom as a jumping off point to get children to open their minds and let their creativity flow. Ages 3+ * This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own.
BooksBabiesandBowsJH More than 1 year ago
If Chocolate Were Purple is a playful book that takes your child's imagination in all sorts of silly ways to imagine how the world could possibly be different. Imagine rainbow sandwiches, rocketship stew, glow-in-the-dark bananas, and flying dolphins, just to name a few. If you don't start laughing after the first couple of pages, you are taking life way too seriously. The easy rhythms and colorful illustrations in this book keep children entertained and giggling. My daughters loved imagining little stars coming into their bedrooms at night to sing them lullabies. The story really provided a springboard for discussing all the ways we could make our life silly by changing the way things are right now. I love books that spark the discussion, "Could you imagine?" We imagined Charlie and the Chocolate Factory manufacturing purple chocolate. I think this isn't really too much of a stretch. And, we felt that the chocolate river in the book would be much more appealing if it was purple instead of a muddy brownish color. Given that many children are fearful of the dark and things that go bump in the night, my oldest daughter took comfort in the idea of lollipop soldiers that would stand by her bed to protect her from scary monsters. What I adored about this book was how even though on the surface the book is just silly and fun, the overarching message of the book is that no matter how much things may change a parent will still love and be there for their child. That is such an important message to repeat over and over again to your children. You never know when life may turn upside down for your family, and having a child know in their heart that no matter what you will be there for them is invaluable. Both my girls highly recommend If Chocolate Were Purple. I know this because my youngest daughter brings the book to me at to read to her before bed almost nightly since receiving it, and my oldest made sure I wasn't giving the book away as part of some blog related giveaway. (The review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite If chocolate were purple and bumblebees swam, For lunch we’d have rainbows, not PB and jam. These are just the first few lines of this wonderful little book! This is the cutest little story. What if chocolate was purple, or lizards sang, or dolphins flew, and bananas were round and glowed in the dark? Or if everything changed from the world you now know? Would you like it? I think you will really have fun with your imagination when you read this enchanting story.  I love this book! It is fantastic inside and out. The story is entertaining and charming. I love the creative thinking of the author to write such a fun story as this. Yoko Matsuoka did an awesome job with the illustrations inside and out. They are just really, really great. The cover itself will have kids grabbing the book from the shelves. The color scheme with the purple, turquoise, and blue is beautiful, and the people, characters, and background are all so very appealing. One person I can vouch for is my four-year-old niece; she adores this book and I have read it to her many times already. She has made up her own amazing stories to go with the pictures, too. For me, I think this book is a must for your child’s library. If Chocolate Were Purple by Jen Barton needs to be on every school library shelf out there because it is really that good. So run out and pick up a copy for your own.