A modern allegory, whimsy, moral-laden but laughable, as young John Midas, gluttonous, selfish, finds himself in a mysterious old shop. From an initial taste of chocolate a series of horrifying experiences follow. His orange juice turns to chocolate. His gloves become edible. His pencil becomes a chocolate stick during a math test, his trumpet turns to chocolate during orchestra practice -- and he cannot quench his unbearable thirst. Finally- yes, this would happen- he kisses his mother and she turns to chocolate, too. A hasty trip back to the shop for a lesson in consideration and instructions on how to repair the damage finally brings salutary results. The author's tricks with alliteration, funny names and recognizable childhood experiences save this from being preachy.