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Title: If Chocolate Were Purple | Author: Jen Baron | Illustrator: Yoko Matsuoka | Publication Date: June 13, 2013 | Publisher: Flickerfawn Publications | Pages: 28 | Recommended Ages: 3+ | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary: In a world where chocolate is purple, where roller skates grow on trees and all kinds of things turn topsy turvy, one thing your little one can count on is your love. Full of delightful rhymes and whimsical imagery this fun bedtime story will warm hearts and ignite imaginations.
1. What is the book about? This book is about using our imagination.
2. What do you think of the book cover and the images inside the book? I really liked all of the pictures – they were really funny. My favorite picture is of the fireflies that have a body made out of a light bulb. That was really funny.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book? My favorite part of the story was the lollipop soldiers because they were funny. I also really liked the little stars because they were cute.
4. Was there anything that you didn’t like or that didn’t make sense? Nothing made any sense and that was good because it doesn’t make any sense for fish to have hair, bumblebees to swim, and for bananas to be round and glow in the dark. I liked how the book was silly.
5. Would you eat purple chocolate? What would it taste like? I would definitely still eat it and if I ate purple chocolate it would taste like grape-flavored chocolate.
6. Can you come up with a silly rhyme?
If horses had wings,
and we lived near the sea,
We’d fly on their backs
to as far as can be.
We’d go to Australia,
the place we love most.
Where should we land?
Melbourne? Sydney? Or, maybe Gold Coast!?
[Sigh… it’s all about Australia again…]
7. What are some of the things you learned from the book? I learned that if chocolate were purple, bananas would glow in the dark and be round. And, lizards would dance and sing and dolphins would fly. That’s what would happen.
8. Overall, what did you think about the book? I really liked this book and I thought it was very funny. I want to give this book 100 stars but my Mom won’t let me.
9. Who do you think would like this book? I think everybody would like this book.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
Son Rating: ★★★★★
My Thoughts: If Chocolate Were Purple is a highly imaginative, whimsical journey exploring what would happen if we let our imaginations run wild. “If chocolate were purple” is just the beginning. Think about what the world would be like if dolphins could fly or if bananas were round and glowed in the dark or if the stars hummed a tune as you kiss your loved one goodnight. But the best part of the story comes at the end when a mother’s love comes shining through leaving the reader filled with delight and warmth.
I think my son and I agree that If Chocolate Were Purple is a fun and imaginative story featuring superb rhyming, beautiful illustrations, and lots of silliness. The author gets very creative in taking the reader on a journey deep into her imagination where all kinds of strange beings do unexpected things. My kids and I all loved the part about the lollipop soldiers providing comfort to a child who may be afraid of the dark. Most kids, at one time or another, will experience fear at nighttime and I think the idea of lollipop soldiers standing guard is brilliant.
The illustrations were all superb in how colorful and detailed they were. There are many details in the pictures that are not mentioned in the text making this book one that children will want to revisit again and again in an attempt to spy something they had not noticed before. My son kept complaining that I was turning the pages too quickly. He was very interested in the illustrations and pointed out many things that I had missed. I also have to comment on the cover – it is absolutely eye-catching. This is a book I would notice right away on a library or bookstore shelf.
My Bottom Line: If Chocolate Were Purple is a whimsical journey featuring solid rhyming, beautifully detailed illustrations, a great deal of silliness, and a heartwarming ending that will leave children and their caregivers feeling utterly delighted. I highly recommend this book as bedtime book or in the classroom as a jumping off point to get children to open their minds and let their creativity flow. Ages 3+
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. The author is participating in our promotional services. *
More Buzz About the Book
“I encourage parents, grand parents and anyone who loves a child, to add this to their collection and share it again and again with the children in their lives. If Dr. Seuss had been a woman, his name would have been, Jen Barton! A Must Read!!!!.” ~ 5 Star Review, C.K. Webb, Amazon
“If Chocolate Were Purple is a playful book that takes your child’s imagination in all sorts of silly ways to imagine how the world could possibly be different. Imagine rainbow sandwiches, rocketship stew, glow-in-the-dark bananas, and flying dolphins, just to name a few. If you don’t start laughing after the first couple of pages, you are taking life way too seriously.” ~ 5 Star Review, Jenny H., Amazon
“This little book is just made to be read out loud, to a child, or a sweetheart, or a group of friends! Delightfully silly, hilarious, and touching, the beautifully illustrated, fun-to-say poem assures you that somebody loves you no matter what.” ~ 5 Star Review, emmeline, Amazon
“My 4 yr old fell in love with this book. She asks us to read it every night and even keeps it close by putting it under her pillow. I would recommend this book over and over” ~ 5 Star Review, Jillian M., Amazon
“If Chocolate Were Purple is a fanciful and imaginative story for children that stretches each child’s imagination in a delightfully silly way. With amazing illustrations that bring each page to life, this story is one that will be read over and over and over by more than just the little ones.” ~ 5 Star Review, Susan MomBlogger, Amazon
About the Author: Jen Barton
Jen Barton was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1971 and spent much of her life on the East Coast. In 2008, at age 36, she and her family moved to California. With two cars, she and her husband moved two dogs, two guinea pigs, a cornsnake and their 10-year old daughter across the country. She counts the five day road trip, including a near escape by both dogs on Day 3, as one of her best experiences to date.
In 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Millersville University, Barton realized her childhood dream to become a writer. One van full of bored kids, one long day of travel, and Fiona Thorn was born. She’s been writing ever since.
When not taxiing her teenage daughter hither and yon, Barton loves reading (especially fantasy by George R. R. Martin), cooking (anything with pasta is a hit), and writing (magical worlds with obstinate teen girls is always a favorite).
In 2012 her fantasy adventure for tweens, Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Southern California Book Festival. Later that year Barton was named 1st Runner Up in America’s Next Author for her compelling short story of an old woman trapped in her own body, “Movin’ On Up.”
In 2013 she released the delightfully silly picture book, If Chocolate Were Purple, and has been busy spreading the silly ever since!