The Chocolate Touch (John Midas)
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. . . .
1. There definitely can be TOO much of a good thing (such as Christmas every day, chocolate all the time, etc.)
2. Nutrition - our body needs healthy foods to function healthily.
3. Moderation in all things.
4. It teaches these ideas in a fun, silly way that kids love.
John Midas likes chocolate. He finds a coin. On one side is a picture of a fat boy, on the other his initials. He finds that he can purchase a box of chocolates with this coin. Soon he has his own special Midas touch.
I find that I need to teach the students the story of King Midas prior to reading this book...more
When I finished reading the book, my niece looked at me and exclaimed, "What?! THAT'S IT?!?...more
2. Someone who would like this book is someone who likes a book that actual...more
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a rather predictable tale based on the story of King Midas in which a boy named John learns that too much of a nice thing isn't nice at all. Possibly a good book for a...more
John Midas walks to Susans house to play but he takes a new route and he found a coin with a fat boy and JM on the other side. he takes it and then he see's a candy shop. he went there and the owner takes only that type of coin. he uses it to buy candy. he hid it under his bed and ate it at night. the next morning... everything John ate turned into chocolate... first in the morning John ate the toothpaste!!! he said it tasted like chocolate. when he went to school he took his gloves and s...more
John is a little shit of a boy, but when he began tasting nothing but chocolate, I felt jealous. Just a bit. I would love it if everything I ate tasted like the Hershey's milk c...more
It’s a perfect book for chocolate lovers and I am a huge chocolate fan, but chocolate gloves? Yuck!
This is a good early reader and read aloud book, and has a moral lesson about not being selfish or greedy.
I think I missed this when I was young even though it’s from my era; it’s now a bit dated but still very enjoyable.
Read this for the parents/child book club.
The leader had everyone draw characters and choose up to 6 words to describe them. (5 Johns, 2 storekeepers, Susan and Dr.Cranium)
Everyone also came up with a question to ask about the book (Why did John's chocolitis get worse? How is the store not there and then back? When does John realize chocolate isn't the best thing in the world? Do you think John will ever eat chocolate again?....
We admitted our own persona...more
A boy obsessed with eating chocolate is seen now as an over-eater with a dependence on food. He would be obese and nutrient deficient.
The shopkeeper also acted inappropriately by today's standards.
I had assumed the book would end with the main character wanting to eat all the healthy foods he'd been ignoring his whole life, but the book ended without a moral.
I skipped entire passages that were repetitive and not necessary.
I felt mislead with t...more
b. genre: Fiction/Chapter Book
c. publication date: 1952
-The main character John loves chocolate. He eats so much candy that he has to take medicine in order to make up for his lack of a healthy diet. John finds a coin on the ground and comes across a candy store soon after. In the store, he buys a box of chocolates. Once home, he opens the box to find a single chocolate, but it is the most delicious chocolate that he has had. The next morning, John re...more
Overall, I enjoyed revisiting this book as an adult. Catling's appetizing descriptions of healthy foods make you want to run out and eat some cherries, and his descriptions of various objects turning into chocolate are pre...more
Catling was born and schooled in London and was educated there and at Oberlin College in the United States. Catling served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a navigator and as a journalist at The Baltimore Sun and The Manchester Guardian.
He has traveled extensively. His p...more