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Willy Wonka's Famous Chocolate Factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside ... and what Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and Charlie Bucket find is even wilder than any of the wild rumors they've heard!
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Overview

Willy Wonka's Famous Chocolate Factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside ... and what Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and Charlie Bucket find is even wilder than any of the wild rumors they've heard!
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Publishers Weekly
On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, illus. by Quentin Blake, presents the famous story interspersed with Blake's characteristically frenetic line drawings, with clusters of candy sprinkled across the pages. Pink, lavender, baby blue and yellow backgrounds of the pages make a sugary new wrapper for this favorite tale. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sue Reichard
The children have waited eagerly for the gates of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory to open. The problem is only five children will be let inside. This is a dream come true for Charlie Bucket when he finds his winning ticket in a candy bar he buys, especially since Charlie's family is very poor and he can only have one candy bar per year. It is an amusing tale that has been entertaining kids for more than three decades. 1998 (orig.
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This 40th anniversary edition of a beloved classic has been given a fresh, crisp look. Quentin Blake's characteristic drawings, in vibrant full color, are bursting with energy and enliven the madcap text with their exaggerated features and humorous dimension. The assorted candy-colored pages and the sweet treats sprinkled across many of the pages are a pleasant addition to this already delicious story. This edition is complete and unabridged. Children will eagerly embrace the magic and mayhem within and delight in getting reacquainted with the Oompa Loompas, Violet Beauregarde, Gandpa Joe and especially Willy Wonka and all the other memorable characters they have come to know and love. The perennial favorite that tells the story of young Charlie's good fortune when he wins a magical tour of Willy Wonka's extraordinary chocolate factory has been given a handsome new design and is ready to entertain old friends and a whole new generation of readers. 2004 (orig. 1964), Knopf, Ages 6 to 12.
—Beverley Fahey
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An abbreviated version of Dahl’s classic story takes to the pop-up stage, accompanied by Blake’s scraggly pen-and-ink caricatures. Gatefolds, mini-booklets, and pop-ups reveal the major plot points of the story (“Two Golden Tickets Found Today!” shouts a headline on a foldout newspaper), with a towering glass elevator on the final spread. Smart use of interactive elements—many of which focus on the grim fates of Charlie’s fellow ticket­holders—makes Wonka’s already magical world feel even more so. Ages 7–up. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141301150
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl was, quite simply, one of the best-loved children's book authors of all time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity and that of his books—Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, James and the Giant Peach, and Danny the Champion of the World, to name just a few—continues to grow.

Biography

"I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means," a teacher once wrote in the young Roald Dahl's report card. "He seems incapable of marshaling his thoughts on paper." From such inauspicious beginnings emerged an immensely successful author whom The Evening Standard would one day dub "one of the greatest children's writers of all time."

Dahl may have been an unenthusiastic student, but he loved adventure stories, and when he finished school he went out into the world to have some adventures of his own. He went abroad as a representative of the Shell corporation in Dar-es-Salaam, and then served in World War II as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. After the war, Dahl began his writing career in earnest, publishing two well-received collections of short stories for adults, along with one flop of a novel.

The short stories, full of tension and subtle psychological horror, didn't seem to presage a children's author. Malcolm Bradbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "[Dahl's] characters are usually ignoble: he knows the dog beneath the skin, or works hard to find it." Yet this talent for finding, and exposing, the nastier sides of grown-up behavior served him well in writing for children. As Dahl put it, "Writing is all propaganda, in a sense. You can get at greediness and selfishness by making them look ridiculous. The greatest attribute of a human being is kindness, and all the other qualities like bravery and perseverance are secondary to that."

In 1953, Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; two of his early children's books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) grew out of the bedtime stories he made up for their children. Elaine Moss, writing in the Times, called the latter "the funniest children's book I have read in years; not just funny but shot through with a zany pathos which touches the young heart." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a colossal hit. A film version starring Gene Wilder was released in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), while James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie in 1996.

Dahl followed his initial successes with a string of bestsellers, including Danny, the Champion of the World, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. Some adults objected to the books' violence -- unpleasant characters (like James’s Aunts Sponge and Spiker) tend to get bumped off in grotesque and inventive ways -- but Dahl defended his stories as part of a tradition of gruesome fairy tales in which mean people get what they deserve. "These tales are pretty rough, but the violence is confined to a magical time and place," he said, adding that children like violent stories as long as they're "tied to fantasy and humor." By the time of his death in 1990, Dahl's mischievous wit had captivated so many readers that The Times called him "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."

Good To Know

When Dahl was in school, he and his schoolmates occasionally served as new-product testers for the Cadbury chocolate company. Dahl used to dream of working in a chocolate manufacturer's inventing room. He wrote in his autobiography, "I have no doubt at all that, 35 years later, when I was looking for a plot for my second book for children, I remembered those little cardboard boxes and the newly invented chocolates inside them, and I began to write a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins (1943), was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2009

    tray's review

    this book was about a boy named Charlie. My favorite character is Augustus Gloop because he eats a lot of chocolate.I liked this book because there is <BR/>a lot of funny songs.You should read this book because it is a 5 star book it will keep you predicting.

    16 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Great Read for All Ages

    I read this book for the first time in my life to my three year old boy. We both looked forward to our nightly chapter reading. Other than a few words in the text that are not appropriate for a three year old (easily replaced during aloud reading), the content was absorbing and entertaining. I would recommend this to anyone - parent, child or bachelor.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2009

    Isaiah's Reveiw

    This book was about a boy named Charlie who loves chocolate. He meets the owner of a chocolate factory, Mr. Willy Wonka. My favorite characters in this book were the Oompa-Loompas. They sing a lot. I liked it because it was funny and the Oompa-Loompas sing. You should read this because it is <BR/>better than T.V.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

    Bryce's Review

    A boy who went to the biggest chocolate factory in the world and he met a famous person. My favorite character in this book were the Oompa-Loompas because they started to sing a couple of times. I liked this book because it has a lot of funny stuff in it like Augustus going up the pipe. You should read this book because it is interesting like Charlie finding a coin to buy a couple of chocolate bars.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Great Book

    I LOVE this book. It transforms your seemingly impossible dream into a book. Buy the book and the only thing you will regret is the picture on the front cover. : )

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Charlie and the choclate factory

    Its amazing read this book i also love the movie who doesnt ? Read this book you'll be glad u did:)

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Great book

    It was fantastic he created a wonderful world for jucst about everyone!2 wrds read it

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    AMAZING

    De sooner
    You reader
    De better
    It getter
    De longer
    You reader
    De madder I getter!!!!!!

    6 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    If you like or has read one of Roald Dahls books you should really read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I would highly recomend it.
    It is an amazing book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Charlie and the chocolate factoy

    What do you like? Cheesy books or ab book that is better than a movie with one of the top movie rattings? Well than you should try the book CARLIE AND THE CHOCLATE FACTORY it is about a boy named charlie tha wins a golden tocket and a a ther too find one and go through wonkas factory. Wrhappens to them?

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2009

    Samantha's REVIEW

    This book was about Charlie Bucket and four kids competing to win the Chocolate Factory. [The five kids did not know they where competing.] And Charlie won. My favorite character was Augustus Gloop because he fell in a river and got sucked up a pipe then got stuck. I liked this book because it was very exciting. It is exciting because you never know what is going to happen next because there is always something happening to the characters. You should read this book because it is very well written.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    AWESOME!!!

    This book was awesome. After seeing both of the movies, then reading the first book I am beginning to understand the storyline a little bit better. At first when I saw the movie i didn't understand the meaning behind the story.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

    Awsome

    This book was really good!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Great

    I love this book. I reccomend reading more of roald dahl. 5 stars!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Awsome

    Come with me! And you will be in the world of my creation!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Enter headline

    Im in a play aboout willy wonka and im an ompa lompa!i love this book and everyone should buy it :)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Willi wonka

    Is one of the funniest charachters ever read this book. I give it a 5*/five stars

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    A Sweet Treat Sans Typos

    I read this book as a child and adored it, then purchased it for my Nook for my daughter to read. The stiry is still as wonderful as ever, but the frequent typographical errors and formatting issues are very jarring to the reader and mentally pitch the individual right out of the story, which is a shame.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Creepy picture

    The pic is creeping me out

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    Not worth to be called a classic, to tell the truth.....

    Seeing all of the reviews, people really seem to like this book. It's even considered a classic. I've seen the movie before I've read the book, that I have to confess, but I was really looking forward to the read the book itself. But when I read it, I found myself being very irritated at Charlie and Mr. Wonka, the book's 'heroes'. I found myself siding with the 'bad kids', Augustus, Violet, Veruca, and Mike. And I do have some reasons why. Number one, the plot is one that's overused. The good person with a heart of gold prevails. And speaking of it, Charlie doesn't seem to have any human flaws which makes him a Gary Stu and rather annoying. Number two, there wasn't any visible character development. Augustus was still a glutton, Veruca a brat, Violet a mean girl, and Mike a TV addict. And of course, our dear Charlie was still honest, good, and kind. From the beginning, you knew Charlie would win the special prize. To round it all up, I think that the plot was rather shallow. Charlie was a kid that was too good to be three-dimensional, the others are too bad to be real. Maybe it's just me, because I prefer books with realistic characters and situations. So, it will be forever my opinion that I don't think this book deserves to be a classic. There are other books out there with better plots and three-dimensional characters that I believe deserves the praise and honor that this book has.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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