The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling is a classic children’s novel that has been beloved by readers for decades. It tells the story of a young boy named John who discovers a magical chocolate bar that turns everything he touches into chocolate. This delightful tale is not only entertaining but also provides valuable lessons about responsibility, greed, and the importance of moderation.

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Why you should consider using The Chocolate Touch in your classroom.

  • Engaging and Entertaining: One of the primary reasons why you should use The Chocolate Touch in your classroom is that it is a highly engaging and entertaining story. The book has a fast-paced plot, engaging characters, and a touch of magic that will capture your students’ imaginations. The story is perfect for children in grades 3-6 and is an excellent choice for a read-aloud or independent reading assignment.
  • Teaches Important Life Lessons: The Chocolate Touch is not just a fun story; it also teaches important life lessons that are relevant to children’s lives. The main character, John, learns about the dangers of excess and the importance of moderation. He discovers that too much of a good thing can be harmful and learns to be responsible for his actions. The book provides an excellent opportunity for classroom discussions on the topics of greed, responsibility, and the consequences of our actions.
  • Builds Vocabulary and Literacy Skills: Reading The Chocolate Touch is an excellent way to help your students build their vocabulary and literacy skills. The book is full of descriptive language and rich imagery that will help your students develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Additionally, the story is an excellent opportunity to teach literary devices such as foreshadowing, symbolism, and character development. A great activity is to compare the novel to the story of King Midas.
  • Provides Cross-Curricular Opportunities: Using The Chocolate Touch in your classroom provides cross-curricular opportunities that can be integrated into multiple subject areas. For example, you can use the story to teach math concepts such as measurement and fractions by having students calculate how much chocolate John creates. Additionally, the story can be used to teach science concepts such as states of matter and chemical reactions by having students explore how chocolate changes from a solid to a liquid.
  • Timeless Classic: The Chocolate Touch is a timeless classic that has stood the test of time. The book was first published in 1952 and has been enjoyed by generations of children. Using a classic book like The Chocolate Touch in your classroom is an excellent way to introduce your students to the joys of reading and help them develop a love for literature that will last a lifetime.

The Chocolate Touch is a delightful and engaging story that provides valuable life lessons, builds vocabulary and literacy skills, provides cross-curricular opportunities, and is a timeless classic. By using this book in your classroom, you can help your students develop a love for reading and provide them with an enjoyable learning experience.  


I offer a complete novel study to accompany The Chocolate Touch for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

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