This is a new edition of the famous Dahl story of Charlie Bucket and his Golden Ticket, and Willy Wonka and his amazing chocolate factory. It features a great new Quentin Blake cover as well as a whole new exciting end section about Roald Dahl and his world.
I grew up reading Roald Dahl as kid, he was my absolute favourite author. Whenever I was choosing books to read I wouldn't even bother reading the back blurb of his books because I knew that if it was by Roald Dahl then I was going to love it! Somewhere around my 10th birthday (give or take a few years) I received a Roald Dahl boxset of his children's novels, and it included, to my thrill, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Charlie and the Chocolate factory was my favourite book for years. As a bright kid with an extensive imagination reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory was an immersive and magical ordeal. Roald Dahl brought his characters and creations to life in a way I can only dream of managing myself.
Our main character, is a poor, but relatively normal young boy called Charlie Bucket. As with most young boys he loves chocolate, but only gets one bar a year. However, his luck changes when he gets a golden ticket, a ticket that grants him access to the mysterious Mr Wonka's famous chocolate factory. Along with his Grandpa Joe, and 4 other children and their families, Charlie is given a grand tour by Mr Wonka himself. Due to the eccentricities of both the factory and the man running it, they encounter much mayhem, mystery, mischief, and magic as they make their way through the wondrous factory.
The descriptions of the many, many incidents and creations in this book will surely capture the delight of any young reader, and many an older reader too. Following the discoveries of the Oopma Loompa workers, to a chocolate river, or to a room of squirrels, every page brings a new and interesting adventure.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a story I would encourage everyone to read (and the rest of Roald Dahl's stories while you're at it!), it makes for a great book for kids to read themselves or have read to them by others. It would make a great gift for any kid (depending on their reading skills of course), but be warned! Reading this will 9/10 times result in cravings for sweets that don't exist in real life.
Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors from my childhood. I have read this book with my children and they all love it.
The joy if reading Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will never you. It is like you are there to with them through the use of vocabulary in his books. I can still see the look on my boys face when it came to the introduction of the Oompa Lompas it was a look of delight and wonderment at the same time.
Roald Dahl has and always will be a leading children's author and being imagination to life and his use of vocabulary which also widens the use of descriptive words and stories for all children and adults. I also think it helps children understand that you can be anything and become anything if you believe in yourself and always strive to do your best.
The moral of the story Charlie and the Chocolate factory is a great novel that all children should understand that sometimes out of nothing becomes awesome and great things. It teaches them to never give up on dreams a sometimes they do come true.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to enhance the love of reading to their children.
I have just finished reading this book to my almost 7 year old daughter. While the book is beyond her reading level at this stage, she really loves to listen to me read novels like this and so I decided to introduce her to Dahl's magic. My own mother introduced me to his works when I was about my daughter's age, and she herself remembers reading them as a child as well. So it's a family love affair with his wonderful characters.
I picked this book up for the crazy price of $5 new during a sale at Whitcoulls. I was so excited I bought a few different titles. Frankly I could not believe they were $5, they are such amazing value and true classics.
It has been a while since I have read this one, and so I was mostly remembering the movie when my mind was figuring through the different chapters. But that is always a bit dangerous. After all, some of the movie elements didn't happen at all. And now I think of it, I'm not even sure why they happened? They just don't make since for the story compared to how Dahl penned it.
My daughter absolutely loved this story though. She would ask for one more chapter several times til it was way past bedtime. She was so excited for Charlie to get his golden ticket that I had to keep reading til he actually got one. Then once in the factory, she loved all the songs. She was a little horrified by the things that happen to the other children on the tour, so for the faint-hearted or easily anxious child it might b a bit much.
The ending is just brilliant and yet it does end quite openly. Of course I know there is a second book though, which I am on strict instructions to go and buy right now. This has renewed my love of this classic book and I'll be reading all my childhood favourites to her now!
I was first introduced to Roald Dahl's books including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by my teacher at intermediate. Even now, nearly thirty years later, I can vividly recall him sitting on the corner of his desk reading a chapter or two to us after lunch each day. The whole class was listening to every brilliant word of this story.
The story is every child's (and many adult's too) dream come true. Charlie is extremely poor but he manages to win a golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's Childcare factory. The other children that win are spoilt brats. Willy Wonka's is an eccentric fellow whose factory is his life. He invites the children and their parents (or in Charlie's case his Grandpa Jo) to discovery the secrets of his world and eat all that they like.
I spent many hours as a child dreaming about being in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. It is now a classic book and words like scrumdiddliumpious and oompaloompa have become part of our vocabulary. I look forward to the time my own children are old enough to listen to me read it to them.
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