The Chocolate Touch
by Patrick Catling

The Chocolate Touch is one of the most popular children's books of our time, with over 2.4 million copies sold. Modeled after the story of King Midas and his golden touch, it uses humor to teach a moral lesson about the consequences of greed and selfishness. And it all starts with chocolate...

John Midas loves chocolate. He'll eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner - and anytime in between. In fact, he eats it so much it makes him sick and he has to take a tonic to help him get better - but that doesn't stop him binging on the candy. What's more, he's a selfish and greedy pig about it, wanting it all to himself. Then one day, he gets THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH, when everything he touches turns to chocolate - his bacon and eggs, his gloves, his trumpet, even his mother (when he kisses her) - and he begins to realize one can have too much of a good thing...

If you're looking for funny stories for kids, or bedtime stories to read with your children, here's a captivating tale that kids can relate to - which child hasn't dreamt of having the run of the candy store or ice-cream shop? It's also a great way to start a discussion on subjects like the importance of a balanced diet; how greed or selfishness can lead to undesirable consequences (apart from turning everything into chocolate); and why one should not care only for oneself but for others too.

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