Children's author Jen Barton now calls California home, but is proud that she hails from York County. An accomplished children's writer, Barton appeared on abc27's Good Day PA to talk about her latest work, "If Chocolate Were Purple" which she describes as "a silly, whimsical picture book that's a great read aloud for young kids as well as adults."
The book began from a funny comment from Barton's daughter after enjoying a brownie.
"I see that she has chocolate all over her face. So I said, 'Emma, you're getting a little old to still have food on your face. You need to get it together,'" Barton said. "She just looked at me and was like, 'Yeah, well, if chocolate was purple, think how fabulous I would look.'"
"I couldn't get it out of my head. I thought it had a really neat ring to it. And it just kind of sparked my imagination. Within a week or two the text was written."
Barton's imagination created a world where bumble bees swim instead of fly, you can bounce on legs made of springs and lollipop soldiers stand by your bed. When visiting schools to share her book, Barton takes a long actual purple chocolate.
"It's just really, really fun stuff for kids."
Barton is currently working on a picture book about five puppies named Bicker, Rumpus, Squabble and Scrap. She is also preparing the sequel to her first book ("Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell") called "Fiona Thorn and the Secret of the Ringing Trees."
You can read more about Barton and her work at: www.jbartonbooks.com.