This funny moral tale about a greedy boy's comeuppance has been beloved by children since its first appearance in 1952. Inspired by the legend of the avaricious king whose touch turned all to gold, Mr. Catling conceived a modern variation that delights as it instructs. In it a boy's lust for chocolate becomes the fatal flaw. The story tells of the two days after John acquired the chocolate touch - the magic that turned everything his lips touched into chocolate. At first, John was elated with his discovery. Now at last he could have all the chocolate he wanted. chocolate toothpaste was delicious; chocolate bacon and chocolate eggs were even better. But soon he began to get awfully thirsty, and before the day was over John suspected that his sweet dream-come-true might have its bitter side. Witty and perceptive, written with a sure hand, this luscious fantasy will be warmly welcomed once again.