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The Chocolate Touch (John Midas)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  10,193 Ratings  ·  710 Reviews
In a laugh-out-loud hilarious twist on the legend of King Midas, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate. Can you ever have too much of your favorite food? John Midas is about to find out….

First published in 1952, The Chocolate Touch was an instant classic—and has remained a timeless favorite with kids, teachers, and parents.

Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 1952)
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Isabel its about a boy name john who loves to eat chocolate and got sick
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I read this yearly with my students and have done so throughout my career. It's a book that works well at the beginning of the year or with groups who may not be up to level later in the year.

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
I love this book partly because I read it as a child and partly because I love the lessons that it teaches children, such as:
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.
Medford Children's Library
Sep 27, 2007 Medford Children's Library rated it really liked it
John Midas loves chocolate more than anything in the world, including his friends and family. His greed is punished when he is given the chocolate touch. Everything John puts near his mouth turns to chocolate! It sounds great at first because everything from toothpaste to his pencil turns into delicious chocolate but it becomes disasterous. A very funny read for third grade and up. Kids will be interested to learn more about an ancient Greek myth about King Midas who was given the golden touch.

Oct 23, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok
Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive! And did you notice all of those "repetitives?" Well, add a couple more! The early parts of The Chocolate Touch started out entertainingly, but the middle was so much of the same thing over and over again, it became a real challenge to get through it! Finally, the story picked up some tension and suspense in the second to last chapter, but then the ending just *dropped*!

When I finished reading the book, my niece looked at me and exclaimed, "What?! THAT'S IT?!?
Jan 23, 2014 Annastone rated it really liked it
This book had one lesson, not to be greedy. The book stayed on topic so it wasn't very confusing. Some books I read didn't have that "trait" in them. It`s a great book for children. ...more
Kirby star rod
Jan 14, 2014 Kirby star rod rated it really liked it
I think this book was a good book but I would not want to be in the same situation he is in. But chocolate is one of my favorite things. So I would definitely read this book
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Jan 28, 2017 ༺ Allison ༻ rated it it was amazing
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Published in 1952, this book has a timeless element that still speaks to children today. It's based on the myth of King Midas and the plot follows the main points of that legend. We are holding our inaugural meeting of a children's book club this evening. A few members of my book club have similarly aged kids, so we are giving it a try. This is the book we are discussing (along with themed crafts, snacks, and games).
Jan 28, 2017 Alanna rated it really liked it
This was a very cute story!
Joey Oborne
Feb 06, 2017 Joey Oborne rated it really liked it
This was a really good and funny book john the main character ate a chocolate and now what ever he eats is chocolate!!!!
Jul 30, 2012 Lord rated it really liked it
1. I liked ''The Chocolate Touch'' for multiple reasons. For example, The Chocolate Touch was a quick and short book with an interesting plot. I also liked this book because it teaching a lot of life lessons. I say this because this book only has 128 pages and has an interesting plot which is about a greedy boy who all he eats is chocolate page 24. I also say this because this book has taught me to be considerate in life.

2. Someone who would like this book is someone who likes a book that actual
Blah. I bought this for one of my nephews who is an absolute chocolate fiend. He loves it more than just about anything. It's his little sister's birthday soon and I thought this would be something fun to give him so he doesn't have to sit there watching her unwrap parcels with nothing of his own.

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
Kerry (The Roaming Librarian)
Oct 26, 2007 Kerry (The Roaming Librarian) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children and fans of kids lit.
I just came across this book again while working @ B&N (I'm in the Kid's Dept.). I remember reading it when I was younger, probably somewhere between third and fifth grade, and I found it both fun and slightly disturbing. Not that horrified disturbing, but that uncomfortable disturbing. Just like the Midas Touch, everything this kid eats turns into chocolate after eating a special candy from a store. Its crazy, but he thinks its cool until he turns his parents into chocolate statues. I remem ...more
Jan 17, 2014 Noah rated it it was amazing
The chocolate touch is a great book. It teaches you not to be greedy. Because when a boy finds a magic coin with his initials on it he decides to start a coin collection. But when he walks past a chocolate store. CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE. The boy loves chocolate. He walks into the store and buys candy completely forgetting about his coin collection. When he opens the gigantic box he finds only one chocolate. But when he eats it it's the best chocolate he has ever eaten. The next morning h ...more
Lisa Vegan
This is a fun story that’s a variation on the King Midas myth, but involves the dilemma of a young boy afflicted with “chocolatitis.”

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.
Jan 24, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
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The Chocolate Touch is about a boy named John who loves chocolate so much that he would eat it any time a day , but there is also a lesson to learn
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
I read this tale with my daughter as part of her school assignment. We had fun analyzing each chapter and predicting the outcome. While the story is fairly simple and predictable, it's a fun twist on the Midas fable. Young John Midas learns quickly that too much of a good thing can be bad. Once the lesson is learned, everything is righted.
Keara Brown
Oct 05, 2016 Keara Brown rated it it was ok
I think "The Chocolate Touch" is a babyish book for me and I would suggest it to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. This book is about a boy named John Midas who loves chocolate and goes to a store one day and secretly buys a box of chocolate. When he eats the chocolate whatever else he eats or drinks tastes like chocolate even his pencil. Overall I would not recommend this to my friends but I would recommend this book to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders.
Lee Rose
Jul 29, 2015 Lee Rose rated it really liked it
Don’t you just love chocolate? But what could happen if you get too much of it? This story is a true classic, loosely based on the classic tale, King Midas’ Golden Touch. Instead of gold, however, whatever our young John Midas touches turns to chocolate. At first he is thrilled that everything tastes like chocolate, but soon he realizes how terrible this becomes.

In my English class in South Korea, my students enjoyed reading something that reminded them of another tale; the tale of King Midas an
Marie F
Jan 24, 2015 Marie F rated it liked it
Read aloud to my 5yo boy (the 5yo girl listened some, but it didn't hold her interest). It is a silly story that will likely appeal to little ones, but is not "laugh-out-loud hilarious" by any stretch of the imagination... Even though my son was amused plenty and insisted it was quite funny there was zero laughter while he listened (only smirks and partially amused sighs). He was already familiar with the story of King Midas, so he paid attention to more details than I would have expected and ha ...more
Julie Decker
Mar 08, 2014 Julie Decker rated it liked it
This modern-and-kid-ified version of the Midas Touch has little John Midas eating a magical chocolate and suddenly being unable to stop turning everything he touches with his mouth into chocolate. After eating the magical chocolate, he'll be unable to eat or drink anything but chocolate unless he finds the antidote. The book isn't particularly subtle about its message--yes, John, you've overdone it on indulging on your favorite food and now you're going to be unable to eat anything else or kiss ...more
Nov 29, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
In my opinion,I think the book,The Choclate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling,is an awesome book because it gives you a moral throughout the book.The book is about a boy named John who loves chocolate.He loves chocolate so much,that everything he touches turns to chocolate even humans!I love the way the author expresses himself by writing how the main charater feels.If I were John I wouldn't had eaten to much chocolate because it would have ruined my appetite.I recommend this book to anyone because ...more
Salma Issah
One of my favourite mythologies of all time has been the midas touch!And you could imagine my surprise when I finally found that someone has actually adopted it made it into another story altogether! It was so amazing I read it all in one sitting and I just couldn't put it down!I read it as a kid though and I don't remember the names of the characters but I do remember the story was amazing,I just want to read it over and over again!
Jan 21, 2015 Shay rated it it was amazing
This was a re read for me. I read it as a child. It is one of the many books I have told my kids they should read. I am also doing a challenge, and one of the things is read a book from your childhood. When my son brought this home from school(after I told them about it) I thought perfect. I will read it to him. He enjoyed it. At first he thought chocolate toothpaste would be great but he quickly decided he would rather not have all food/drink taste like chocolate.
I suppose this is a useful way to introduce kids to the King Midas myth (legend? story?). But wow! It's preachy and moralistic. And all the adults are so dismissive of John - was that true to the era, or just another example of the annoying writing style? My 8yo seemed to like it okay, but it wasn't a fav. He said it was kind of cheesy. The 11yo (who read it to himself) said it was too predictable.
Apr 04, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Emma and I really enjoyed reading this story together. It's a short simple story that was easy for her to follow and understand. It teaches there can be too much of a good thing, that he'd and selfishness are vices, and good nutrition is important. I enjoyed this book as a kid and love it as a parent. I'm so glad Emma enjoyed it, too. What a great book for our family library. Good read :)
Dec 04, 2013 Alyssa rated it really liked it
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The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling is an amazing story. I liked everything in the book, but my favorite part was when John Midas bought the chocolate at the candy store. In the book my favorite character is John Midas. He is my favorite character because I know some people like him and I like his greedy personality.
Sep 23, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
I just finished reading this with my 9 year old. I was kind of bored out of my mind. My son liked it well enough to want to keep going and made the connection to King Midas. (easy enough with the last name Midas). It teaches a good lesson but I couldn't wait for it to be over to move on to a more exciting book for myself.
Feb 21, 2011 Maryposa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this book in elementary school. The other day my daughter was telling me what she had learned about King Midas, and it reminded me of this story. Even though it's been about 20 years since I've read it, I still clearly remember several scenes from the book. As soon as I can track down a copy, I'm reading this one to my kids.
Jan 07, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
This book is funny! Don't ever eat too much chocolate or you might touch a pencil and turn it into a chocolate one! Or put toothpaste on your teeth and turn that into chocolate and then eat all the tooth paste in the bottle!
Aug 02, 2016 Mandy rated it it was amazing
Max, age 5: I loved it 99 stars. It's funny! He liked chocolate so much his mouth turned into chocolate.

This was a fun read, and kept Max's attention more than I thought it would. It was pretty quick too, maybe only 2 or 3 hours.
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Patrick Skene Catling is a British children's book author and book reviewer best known for writing The Chocolate Touch in 1952.

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
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