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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
If chocolate were purple and bumblebees swam,
For lunch we’d have rainbows, not PB and jam.
These are just the first few lines of this wonderful little book! This is the cutest little story. What if chocolate was purple, or lizards sang, or dolphins flew, and bananas were round and glowed in the dark? Or if everything changed from the world you now know? Would you like it? I think you will really have fun with your imagination when you read this enchanting story.
I love this book! It is fantastic inside and out. The story is entertaining and charming. I love the creative thinking of the author to write such a fun story as this. Yoko Matsuoka did an awesome job with the illustrations inside and out. They are just really, really great. The cover itself will have kids grabbing the book from the shelves. The color scheme with the purple, turquoise, and blue is beautiful, and the people, characters, and background are all so very appealing. One person I can vouch for is my four-year-old niece; she adores this book and I have read it to her many times already. She has made up her own amazing stories to go with the pictures, too. For me, I think this book is a must for your child’s library. If Chocolate Were Purple by Jen Barton needs to be on every school library shelf out there because it is really that good. So run out and pick up a copy for your own.