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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....

Title : If Chocolate Were Purple
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ISBN : 9780615783437
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 28 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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If Chocolate Were Purple Reviews

  • Renee
    2019-04-10 10:44

    My son (7) and I (Mom) reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here are our thoughts:SON SAYS:This book is about using our imagination. 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. 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. 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. 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. Overall, 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. I think everybody would like this book.MOM SAYS: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.

  • Jenny H.
    2019-03-31 11:36

    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.The easy rhythms and colorful illustrations in this book keep children entertained and giggling. My daughters loved imagining little stars coming into their bedrooms at night to sing them lullabies. The story really provided a springboard for discussing all the ways we could make our life silly from the way things are right now. I love books that spark the discussion, "Could you imagine?" We imagined Charlie and the Chocolate Factory manufacturing purple chocolate. I think this isn't really too much of a stretch. And, we felt that the chocolate river in the book would be much more appealing if it was purple instead of a muddy brownish color.Given that many children are fearful of the dark and things that go bump in the night, my oldest daughter took comfort in the idea of lollipop soldiers that would stand by her bed to protect her from scary monsters.What I adored about this book was how even though on the surface the book is just silly and fun, the overarching message of the book is that no matter how much things may change a parent will still love and be there for their child. That is such an important message to repeat over and over again to your children. You never know when life may turn upside down for your family, and having a child know in their heart that no matter what you will be there for them is invaluable.Both my girls highly recommend If Chocolate Were Purple. I know this because my youngest daughter brings the book to me at to read to her before bed almost nightly since receiving it, and my oldest made sure I wasn't giving the book away as part of some blog related giveaway. (A review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  • Susan
    2019-04-13 14:30

    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.I personally think this is an adorable book. My kids and I love If Chocolate Were Purple. Such and wonderfully fun story that adds that extra sparkle to my little one's eyes every time we read it together. My youngest is 5 and she nearly has the whole fun story memorized already. This is one of her new favorites and I keep finding it in my car, the living room, under her covers when she is supposed to be sleeping and all over where she had last been "reading" it.I have read and reviewed for author Jen Barton before, and she once again has found a book that has found a permanent place in my home. This is an adorably silly and fun book that children of all ages will enjoy, it not only encourages children to use their imaginations but does it in a unique and fun way - another highly recommended read!* I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author - all my reviews are my honest opinion and can be read on my blog:

  • C.K. Webb
    2019-03-23 06:24

    CHOCOLATE WERE PURPLE was written by Jen Barton and published June 13, 2013. You can purchase a copy at For more information on this author and her books, go to www.jbartonbooks.comIn a sadly serious world, it is hard to find that right book for kids. Too much of this, not enough of that and everything in between. BUT, not in this book!!! Like the three bears I find this one 'Just Right'. A wonderfully addictive, easy to remember rhyme book with some of the most beautiful illustrations I have ever seen. This isn't JUST a book for is so much more than that. IF CHOCOLATE WERE PURPLE is wonderful for sharing with the family or even making a grown-up could you not? I cannot say enough good things about the book as well as the author and I HIGHLY recommend picking this book up and turning it into a brand-new family tradition!!! IF CHOCOLATE WERE PURPLE, how fabulous would that be? 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-spiders CK Webb

  • Susan Pace-Koch
    2019-04-12 13:26

    This book was so fun and COLORFUL that we had to re-read it immediately. Written by Jen Barton, illustrated by Yoko Matsuoka, it was just plain silly...and that is why we liked it so much. A fun reassuring read before bed. Kids will love it.

  • Taryn
    2019-03-20 14:29

    If Chocolate Were Purple is a fun, insane read and encourages children to allow their imagination to run wild. The title of the book gets you questioning what life would be like outside of what we already know. This fantasy picture book includes happiness, humor, and surprises that you would not expect. The love and connection between the mother and child in this story can be related to a child who is close with their parent. It gives you the chance to feel emotions and create a different sense of normal. Living in a fantasy world for a day would be an awesome experience for any child; by reading this short story gives children that opportunity through imagination. The simple text and colorful images easily keep a child entertained through out the entire story because it is easy to follow along. The illustrations are exaggerated, bold, and fun by bringing out life to an audience. The humor in this story is relevant to what a child's humor is like in early and middle childhood. The theme of the story is unexpected from what the initial relayed message would be considering the title. It is a creative perspective for children to understand that no matter what happens their parent will always be there for them. Author Jen Barton went above and beyond with this story and I would highly recommend it to children.

  • RLL22017-Mary
    2019-04-15 06:46

    If chocolate Were Purple is a great book for children to expand and explore their imagination. The pictures used in this book were very colorful and fun. The book was filled with rhymes to make it easier for the kids as well. Having chocolate be purple, if bananas could glow, or even if dolphins could fly were parts I found to be funny and cute.

  • Aaron Shaw
    2019-03-21 07:30

    What a fun, heart warming, and clever read! I read this book to my seven year old daughter who insisted my partner read it to our other children. They giggled and carried on from the 2 year old up to the nine year old. I loved this fun, silly, and moving book! Worth the read!

  • Mariana Farcas
    2019-04-11 12:26

    If you would eat rainbows how would they taste? Fun reading with my kids!

  • Megan McNutt
    2019-03-31 08:25

    This book will be absolutely perfect for when you're just looking for a silly and fun read with your kids. The book really just rhymes and has a lot of what ifs about the world which I think kids will then naturally start coming up with their own which will be really cool. It just has a sweet message and will promote creative thinking in the kids.

  • Vanessa
    2019-03-27 12:18

    This story takes place in a world where chocolate is purple, bananas glow in the dark and roller blades grow in trees. This books makes it so your child can imagine a different world. A young orphan girl must assassinate the king and kidnap the princesses. This book takes you to another world in a world so serious that we could use thoughts like this. In evaluating this book, the believably is not believable because of the roller blades, bananas, and purple chocolate present. The book kept a slow but emerging pace and the end was great. I also thought the language was fun because it was lyrical and rhymed! The setting was explained in detail and it has very descriptive illustrations. This was necessary because it had to be describing something so the odd like roller blades growing on trees! What a fun book. I would actually say this book is like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs meets Dr. Seuss. Classroom application would be to just use it for the laughs and imagination purposes!Barton, J. (2013). Flickerfawn. (n.a.)

  • Sasha Yambor
    2019-03-28 09:28

    If Chocolate Were Purple by: Jen Barton and Yoko Matsuoka If Chocolate Were Purple is a heartwarming story about the love between a mother and her child. This book is made for children but can easily be shared as a bed time reading for the whole family. It is a simply yet complex story that will bring joy to all hearts and tears to some eyes. This story could easily fit into the Dr. Seuss genre because it incorporates loving stories into silly and carefree illustrations. The illustrations are fit to make the reader laugh and help bring the story to life. One can easily feel the relationship that Jen Barton has with her daughter; this book was obviously written with a lot of love. Who would not want to live in a world where fish had curly blond hair and chocolate was purple?

  • Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
    2019-03-20 08:18

    Author Jen Barton explores a nonsensical world in which chocolate is purple and bananas glow in the dark. Written in lyrical rhyme with fantastically imaginative scenarios, children are transported to a land of endless possibilities. Highly expressive and colorful illustrations are perfectly paired with this book. The most lovely ending to this enchanting read makes a point very clear: one thing is certain - little ones can count on your love. If Chocolate Were Purple is everything a children's picture book should be, all wrapped up in a perfect little bow. If chocolate were purple... what a magical place this world would be.

  • Bel
    2019-04-18 09:21

    4.75What a delightful book. Just Lovely. Simple for young readers, but with a deeper meaning for the adults reading it to them or with them. Gorgeous, yet simple rhymes and although outwardly "silly', gives room for adults to encourage their youngsters to think of things in a similar vein.I loved it very much and really enjoyed the drawings too. A great find, a really nice book for littles.