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The Chocolate Touch (William Morrow, 1952)

In a twist of the legend of King Midas who turned everything he touched into gold, John Midas is a young boy who through a magical gift, everything he touches to his lips turns to chocolate. It is quite the predicament for a boy whose doctor warns him that he needs to change his diet and eat more healthy foods. Predictably, John gets sick of chocolate and begins to view nutritious foods as delicacies. So how does he rid himself of this Chocolate Touch?

The Chocolate Touch is an illustrated children’s book written by Patrick Skene Catling and at first illustrated by Mildred Coughlin. A “newly illustrated” edition (also released in 1952) had a longer story and new illustrations by Margot Apple.

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