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For anyone out there who has not read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory yet, parent or child, mother or father, granny or grandpa, why on earth not? Roald Dahl has to be the best children's writer ever. You are no doubt reading this review thinking, should I or shouldn't I spend my hard earned cash on "just another book"? Well normally in a review, one looks for the pros and cons of whether or not to buy. In this case, the more pertinent question will be, "when will my child get to read this book after I have read it" as I guarantee that once you have started you won't be able to put it down, young or old!
If in case you have been on the moon for the past few decades and haven't heard of Charlie I will summarise the plot for you. Charlie Bucket, an ordinary little boy wins a golden ticket in a chocolate bar and gets to visit the famous Willie Wonka's Chocolate factory along with four other rather obnoxious children. One by one each child disappears in ever more inventive ways, producing so many laugh out loud moments as you almost find yourself trying to guess what will happen next.
In the end Charlie is the only one left and if you want to know what happens then you will need to buy the book!
In conclusion Roald Dahl combines humour, sarcasm and joy and in the end a story with a moral which appeals to all ages.
If your child doesn't like reading, buy them this book and they will soon start!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of my all time favourite childhood novels, and I find that it is a book that I enjoy immensely still. Roald Dahl narrates the brilliantly spun story in his own unique, funny and descriptive way that is suitable for children and adults alike. Here is my review, covering several aspects of this book:
It is hard to be specific about the price, as this book was published quite a long time ago, but there are regular reprints of this book of which you could easily pick up at your local bookstore. At the moment, you can buy this book for £2 (cheaper than most books you can find) including postage and packaging, which is quite a good deal for such a witty book. If you are not too bothered about the state and condition of the book, providing that it is still intact and that you can read it, then it would be advisable to scour junk sales and charity shops for this book; it is relatively easy to find good condition copies for around 50p or so- a fantastic bargain.
CONTENT AND PLOT:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a unique, Roald Dahl style plot; a poor boy finds a golden ticket admitting him to a once in a lifetime chance to be taken on a tour around the magical chocolate factory of the mysterious and completely eccentric Willy Wonka. One by one, the greedy little children get 'disposed of' in bizarre ways of which only Road Dahl would have been able to invent, leaving only Charlie and his grandfather. Though these ways of disposing of the children are by no doubt slightly mean, you cannot help but find them funny; and Dahl makes the point that the children were greedy and deserved their punishment, and the good people (Charlie and his grandfather) will always have more to gain in the end. It is a humorous book which never fails to make me literally Laugh Out Loud, but also spreads hope amongst its readers; if it happened to an ordinary boy like Charlie, then why should it not happen to you? The way in which Dahl conveys his weird and wonderful tale is unique, and unlike any author I have read before; he uses a variety of strange words (some of which I am pretty sure are as made up as Wonka's chocolate factory), and makes the book suitable for all people of all age groups with its witty and charismatic storytelling.
The illustrations in this book are by Quentin Blake, and the images often look strange and distorted; they take quite a bit of time to get used to. However, when you DO get used to it, you find that the style of Blake's illustrations rather match the style of Dahl's writing; what with its weird and wonderful creation. At childhood, I found the illustrations to be odd and mismatched- however, now I find that the pictures fit well with the text, and gives it a little something extra.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a recommended read for anyone of all ages; it is a brilliant witty book suitable for everybody. If you have already read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then I would recommend either rereading it to see how your perceptions of it have changed, or to try reading some of Roald Dahl's other works, which are just as funny and bizarre as his most famous book. For me, I can never get sick of the strange yet wonderful style of writing applied, and would recommend this book very highly.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children's book by Roald Dahl. Is there anyone who doesn't know the plot of this by now? Charlie Bucket, our hero, lives with his parents and grandparents in a small ramshackle house near Willy Wonka's legendary Chocolate Factory. Charlie's family is very poor so it's a form of torture in a way to live so close to the HQ of the world's most famous and enigmatic confectioner knowing that all of these extraordinary delights (which he can very rarely buy) are being produced. One day though, Charlie's father brings home some incredible news. Willy Wonka has decided that for the first time ever he will allow five members of the public to take a tour of his highly secretive and mysterious chocolate factory. Five golden tickets will be hidden in wonka bars and those lucky enough to purchase one of these hidden gift wonka bars will be part of this very special tour. Will Charlie manage to get hold of a ticket? Well, I hope it won't come as a tremendous surprise to anyone when I say yes. Joining him on the tour are Augustus Gloop ('A greedy boy'), Veruca Salt ('A girl who is spoiled by her parents'), Violet Beauregarde ('A girl who chews gum all day long') and Michael Teavee ('A boy who does nothing but watch television') ...
This is still good fun to to pick up again and read today even if you are very familiar with the film by now. I'm talking about the wonderful (and sometimes alarmingly strange) seventies film with Gene Wilder rather than the more recent Johnny Depp one. I do unavoidably keep thinking of Wilder when I imagine Willy Wonka in the story but the book version of this bizarre chocolate showman takes on a few characteristics of his own. He's generally just a great character, sort of Howard Hughes, Pee-Wee Herman and the world's greatest circus ringmaster and businessman all rolled into one. A big part of the appeal of the story, especially for children, is learning about all the extraordinary creations Wonka has made in his factory and Dahl is always very inventive on this theme. 'Mr Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that change colour every ten seconds as you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away deliciously the moment you put them between your lips,' says Grandpa Joe. 'He can make chewing-gum that never loses its taste, and sugar balloons that you can blow up to enormous sizes before you pop them with a pin and gobble them up.'
As we descend further into Wonka's factory we are told about more and more of his far out creations - especially when we reach the 'Inventing Room' and learn about his plans for things like Eatable Marshmallow Pillows, Hot Ice Creams for Cold Days, Fizzy Lifting Drinks, Square Sweets that Look Round, Cows that give Chocolate Milk, Luminous Lollies (for reading in bed!) and Lickable Wallpaper. Not forgetting of course Toffee Apple Trees! Wonka is an enjoyably eccentric and obtuse host for this surreal tour and given a consistent stream of offbeat and, at times, apparently crackpot observations to impart to his guests by the author. 'How can you whip cream without whips? Whipped cream isn't whipped cream at all unless it's been whipped with whips. Just as a poached egg isn't a poached egg unless it's been stolen from the woods in the dead of night!' I would actually make sure you have some nice chocolate in the fridge if you plan to read this because if will give you a craving for something sweet.
It's stating the obvious of course to say that this is rather dark for a children's book at times (with a sense of the macabre) but I think it's generally part of the appeal, this element of the grotesque. Take Dahl's early description of Augustus Gloop for example. 'The picture showed a nine-year-old boy who was so enormously fat he looked as though he had been blown up with a powerful pump. Great flabby folds of fat bulged out from every part of his body, and his face was like a monstrous ball of dough with two small greedy curranty eyes peering out upon the world.' These children are pretty awful and the author seems to be having fun telling us just how awful they are and devising rather strange and unpleasant things to happen to them. I must admit to having a slight soft spot for Michael Teavee myself. He's annoying and self-obsessed but watching a lot of television and dressing as a cowboy are not tremendous crimes in my book!
Any review of this has to mention the Oompa-Loompas too, Wonka's diminutive assistants in the factory. They do vital work in the production of the special confectionery and also act as a sort of Greek Chorus on the personalities and fates of the children. I believe they were considered rather racist by some critics for being based on African pygmies when the book first appeared but Dahl made some alterations, most notably to their point of origin.'Of course they're real people,' says Wonka. 'They're Oompa-Loompas. Imported direct from Loompaland. And oh what a terrible country it is! Nothing but thick jungles infested by the most dangerous beasts in the world - hornswogglers and snozzwangers and those terrible wicked whangdoodles. A whangdoodle would eat ten Oompa-Loompas for breakfast and come galloping back for a second helping!'
My paperback copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a shade over 200 pages long and can be bought new for next to nothing these days. It's worth a look if you've never read it before.
When I was a child I had the joy of discovering a great author Roald Dahl. I think I have read every book he ever wrote many of them more than once. I had packed my collection away in a box and had been storing it in the basement till recently when my daughter came across it and asked if she could have all the books. Of course I told her yes. Now over the past few weeks she has been reading them and I saw so much joy in her eyes as she read them I thought I would read them again for old time sakes.
Poor Charlie he lives next door to the chocolate factory. Every day he wakes to the smells of chocolate and other sweets. Always just out of reach. Charlie has only one dream in his life and that is to go into the chocolate factory that is next door he knows that will never happen because it has been years since any one has gone into the factory. The chocolate goes out but no one ever goes in. That is till now.
Wonka has put golden tickets into a few select bars of chocolate and sent them out to the world. Now every one is on a mad dash to get a golden ticket. Will Charlie get a golden ticket? His birthday is just around the corner. Who knows what the future holds.
As I read this book I was many times filled with emotion. It was a heartfelt read that I was able to connect with Charlie and his family and feel their anguish over being so poor but yet the love they shared made everything else ok. I enjoy the message that you do not need to be rich to be happy.
I have to say that this is a book and a story that is a very easy read. You can easily loose your self in the story as you put the pictures in your mind to the words in the book. There were many times that I found my self laughing out loud and my family looking at me like I had lost my mind. There were many parts of this book that brought a smile to my face.
As this was my favorite book when I was younger I was thrilled that my daughter wanted to read it. I would recommend this book for children 10 years old and up. I must be a child at heart because I have to say that this is still one of my favorite books. I have no problem saying that this is really a book that is good for all ages to either be read or to read from. I really enjoy the story and the characters bring a smile to my face as I run them through my head.
I think everyone must have at least heard of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. It is perhaps his most famous book.
I read this when I was little and I absolutely loved it. It wasn't my favourite book that Roald Dahl has written but it does rank highly in the list of books that I have read and loved throughout my childhood. I think I saw the film before reading this, which I equally enjoyed. Watching the film first didn't affect my enjoyment of the book at all.
The characters are all so interesting and unqiue, and each one is different and the kind of character you still remember after you have put the book down. The main character, Charlie, is a poor boy who lives in a tiny house with his mum, dad, and two sets of grandparents. They have hardly any money between them and when it is announced that the famous Willy Wonka's chocolate factory will be opening to lucky golden ticket winners Charlie thinks he will never get the chance to go.
He can only afford one chocolate bar so when he finds his golden ticket he can't believe his luck.
Charlie's trip around the chocolate factory is what every child's dreams are made of. There are millions of colourful sweets and tasty chocolates, including a chocolate river inside. There are Oompa Loompas there too, who are little tiny orange people who work for Willy Wonka.
The books is a fun read and the illustrations by Quentin Blake are also really entertaining to look at, although there aren't that many in this book as there are in Roald Dahl's other books. I would definitely recommend this book to children, it is a truly fantastic read that they are sure to enjoy.
The price on the back of the copy I have, which is the one shown in the picture provided and published by Puffin Books, is £5.99. Another copy of the book is available on amazon for £4.49.
Most of us have heard of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, but I wonder how many have actually read the book from cover to cover. This was the very first Dahl book I read, spurring me on to read the rest of his library as a youngster.
Although the language might be simple and the book aimed at children, there are some dark forces at play in this story. On the surface we have Charlie and his penniless family who live like paupers. When Charlie finds a golden ticket in a bar of chocolate, it is his gateway into the mysterious Chocolate Factory, run by the eccentric Willy Wonka. Alongside four other rather repellent children, Charlie gets to see inside Wonka's factory and experience a rollercoaster ride of mayhem and confectionary mystery. Charlie and his grandfather join Augustus, Veruca, Violet, Mike and their respective parents for a tour of the long closed down chocolate factory.
Dahl spices the book up with hilarious episodes involving the children and introduces some truly memorable characters. Who could forget the odd Ompa Lumpas! But while we have the tale of a boy with a ticket to a chocolate factory on the surface, beneath this are sinister undercurrents. Wonka is eccentric, but he is also creepy. His disregard for the fate of the children while in his care might make you question what kind of man he is. On top of that, the other children and their parents are all nasty sorts, so in a way you kind of want them to fall to hideous fates!
With fine and quirky illustrations from the ever reliable Quentin Blake, this is a tale for kids to enjoy snuggled up in bed, or to share with parents. It is a book that stands up to repeated reading and it can be bought from all leading bookstores. Definitely one of Dahl's defining moments and a pleasure to return to.
When I was a child and I had first learnt to read properly, I became obsessed with reading, and I soon homed in on two authors: Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. I would spend a long time reading books from both authors, and I think one of the first of Dahl's books I read was this one; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is a wonderful tale that gives people hopes and dreams and is a magical read.
Charlie Bucket lives with his entire family (grandparents included) in the tiniest of houses. Multi-millionaire and chocolatge factory owner Willy Wonka launches a competition featuring 5 golden tickets, hidden inside the wrapping of a Wonka Bar, the most popular chocolate bar on the market. The prize is the chance to enter the factory, something which no one is ever allowed to do. Charlie dreams of even being able to afford a Wonka Bar, but when he finds some money in a drain and buys a bar, luck shines on him and he wins the last Golden Ticket! Choosing his Grandpa Joe to go in with him, Charlie enters the Chocolate Factory with the strange Willy Wonka and the other four winning kids, and embarks on a magical and strange journey.
Dahl has a knack of creating a wonderful tale out of thin air. His writing, designed for kids and initially written for his family, including granddaughter Sophie Dahl, is very easy to read, and I find that, every now and then when I pick one up to remind me of how good it is, as I read through the story I always end up with a smile on my face.
Dahl's books are world famous, and this one has been made into a film on two occasions. Disregard the majority of the films as they don't follow the book as closely as Dahl would have liked. Either way, the book is far better than wither of the films, and spawned a sequel entitled Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, which is very good but not a patch on this book.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is available from most stores and also online. You can get it for £4.19 from amazon.co.uk. It's one definitely worth having.
The story narrates the life (and eventual luck) of little Charlie Bucket.
Together with six, yes, SIX, grownups - Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine (Mr. Bucket's parents) and Grandpa George and Georgina Georgina (Mrs. Bucket's parents) -, Charlie lives on the edge of town in a small wooden house. It was extremely small and uncomfortable there, but was, unfortunately, the only thing the Bucket family could afford. The house had two rooms and only one bed. The grandparents got the bed whereas the others got the mattresses upon the floor.
The only person who worked was Mr. Bucket. Screwing caps on toothpaste tubes all day long, he earned a meager salary that couldn't even afford half the things such a large family needed.
The house was within sight of a enormous chocolate factory. Not just any chocolate factory, but the the largest and most famous factory, Wonka's factory owned by Mr. Willy Wonka. Mr. Wonka, candy-extraordinaire, capable of marshallows that taste of violets, rich caramels that change colour every ten seconds, chewing gum that never loses its taste, chocolate ice cream that doesn't melt and even a palace made of chocolate for an Indian prince (of course, it melted in the end, Mr. Wonka has not been able to make un-meltable chocolate).
Another thing about the factory, other than its eccentric owner, is its workers. The thing is, there is none. No one has ever been seen coming in or out ever since Mr. Wonka fired everyone due to spies from other candy producers. But the factory still works and the smell of melting chocolate still wafts out from the factory's chimneys.
These mysteries were doomed to remain unsolved until Mr. Wonka has decided to allow 5 lucky children into the factory. You see, Mr. Wonka has put 5 Golden Tickets wrapped together with a chocolate bar in an ordinary wrap. These chocolate bars could be anywhere in the world and the five lucky finders would be allowed into the factory with their parents. Along with the chance of a lifetime, they would also receive a special present - a lifetime's worth of candies and chocolate.
The Golden Ticket would be just the thing to get Charlie out of the rut he's in. Unfortunately, he may only afford one bar a year, on his birthday as a birthday present. His birthday was only just a week away and he hoped from the bottom of his heart to receive that Golden Ticket.
The next day after the news was out about the Golden Ticket, the first Golden Ticket was found. The lucky child was Augustus Gloop. A nine-year old boy who was enormously fat, looking very much like a 'monstrous ball of dough'. He ate constantly, and it was a small wonder that he should have found a ticket.
On the day right before Charlie's birthday, the second Golden Ticket was found. Veruca Salt, spoilt daughter of extremely wealthy parents. Her father was in the nut business and had a factory of people shelling peanuts. Once his 'little girl' had gone to him about the Golden Ticket, he had set the workers in his factory to peeling chocolate bars instead. On the fourth day, the ticket was found.
The story then proceeds on to Charlie's birthday when he receives a chocolate bar. However, to his disappointment, there was no sign of a Golden Ticket anywhere.
That evening, news that another Golden Ticket was found, in fact, two had been found that day. One of the lucky finders was a Miss Violet Beauregarde. She was a 'gumchewer' and in fact, the gum she had in her mouth when the press came round to interview her was one that she had been working on for over three months (she sticks the gum on the end of the bedpost at night when she sleeps).
The other lucky finder was Mike Teavee. A boy obsessed with television and had no interest in any thing else. He carried on himself almost a dozen guns at all times.
This lot - Augustus, Veruca, Violet and Mike - were all quite beastly and undeserving of the Golden Ticket.
One day, walking past the factory, on his way from school to home, Charlie came upon a a dollar bill underneath the snow. None of the people around him seemed to have lost it and he then claimed it. The first thing he did with it was buy a Wonka chocolate bar just for the enjoyment of the chocolate. After gobbling down the first bar, he couldn't resist another one. And as he tore the wrapper off, he saw a flash of gold. The Golden Ticket!
Having found the ticket, he was promised a day at the factory. He was accompanied by his Grandpa Joe (who had miraculously jumped out from the bed when he heard the news about the ticket. At the factory, he met at last, Mr. Willy Wonka.
Mr. Wonka was dressed with a black top hat, plum-coloured tailcoat, green trousers and gray gloves. He had a goatee and sparkling eyes. He was also extremely quirky in his movements.
There at the factory, the visitors meet the Oompa-Loopmas. They were the workers at the factory and were incredibly small men. They lived at the factory, hence the reason why there was no need for them to go out the factory gates.
To cut to the chase, I'll just explain briefly what happened to each of the children:
Augustus Gloop got sucked into pipe from the Chocolate River and into the Fudge Room where he had to be rescued, or else he would be made into Augustus-flavored chocolate-coated Fudge.
Violet Beauregarde ate a experimentation - a piece of gum that was a three course meal (Tomato soup, roast beef and blueberry pie). She ended up turning violet and became roundish-ish (like a blueberry) and had to go to the Juicing room to get all the juice out of her.
Veruca Salt wanted a squirrel in Mr. Wonka's Nut Room where it was trained to tell the difference between a bad nut and a good one and unshell the good ones. When Veruca climbed over the boundaries, the squirrels leaped on her and decided she was a 'bad nut'. So down she went to the garbage.
Mike Teavee met his beastly outcome in the T.V. Room. An experiment to teleport a chocolate bar using T..V. was going on. After being amazed by the experiment, Mike decided he wanted to try it himself, he being the object to be teleported.It was successful but he ended up being miniature and had to be stretched out. In the end, he became an extremely tall and thin boy.
There was only Charlie left and he received a pleasant surprise. He was to become Mr. Wonka's successor!
This book has indeed been entertaining and interesting. The writing style of Roald Dahl has been captivating, as usual. Paired with the original plot, the unique characters are also very much enjoyed. I have enjoyed this book tremendously!
I haven't found one Roald Dahl book that I didn't like. This is my absolute favourite. I don't remember when I first read it but I have read it many times since then.
The story is about Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who can only have a chocolate bar once a year. And most kids think they've got it bad? Maybe this is Roald Dahl's way of teaching them. Anyway, Charlie lives in a run down house with his Father, Mother and four Grandparents. They live on cabbage soup and bread. To make things worse, they live right next to Willy Wonkas amazing chocolate factory.
Willy Wonka decides to run a competition. He puts five golden tickets in five chocolate bars which could be anywhere in the world. These tickets will gain the person entry to the legendary factory for one dayand meet the workers that have never been seen going in or out of the factory. They also get a lifetimes supply of sweets.
As might be expected, the kids who win the tickets are all brats (except for Charlie). The Oompa Loompas (and Wonka) seem to find it funny to teach these kids a lesson. The songs that the Oompa Loompas sing are hilarious.
As they are going through the factory we see all sorts as wonderful things, Toffee Apple Trees, Cavity Filling Caramels, Fizzy Lemonade Swimming Pools and Everlasting Gobstoppers. All wonderful things that every child wants.
This magical book is perfect for children but I'm 18 years old and still love it!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a fantastic book and lives up to the expectaions we all have of Roald Dahl's books. It is entertainign and funny with a hint of horror thrown in if you look closely enough. Most of us loved reading Roald Dahl's books as we grew up and watching them as they came out on film etc. This book is a fantastic example of what a good book for 7 - 12 year olds should be. It's brought to life by its main characters, Charlie, the boy who doesn't give up hope and therefore wins the chance to meet the other main character Mr Wonka. Mr Willy Wonka is a quirky individaul guy who lives in a chocolate factory which he allows 5 children to visit. However he allows horrible things to happen to 4 of these kids such as allowing one to be turned into fudge. Overall a truely funny book which is loved by a lot of people and is perfect for children.
What makes this book for me is the characters ...
WILLY WONKA - the mad and eccentric owner of the chocolate factory, with his hat and cane takes the small group of golden ticket winners around his magical factory with many surprises around every corner. Behind is often mystical facade lies a very lonely man with a golden heart which is lit up by the arrival of Charlie Bucket.
CHARLIE BUCKET - ok so Charlie is a bit of a sickly goody two shoes but he does have to live in a small shack, eatting only cabbage for breakfast, lunch and tea. He is a child like Willy with a golden heart and the moral of this story is obviously that nice people can finish first when he is awarded with the chocolate factory.
GRANDPA JOE - As a child I would of loved a Grandpa like Joe, he jumps out of bed to ascort Charlie to the factory and he has that special Grandfather like story telling ability and is very wise, a very good person for Charlie to look up to. He is in no way bitter about the poor conditons he has to live in and willing to give up his beloved tobacco to give Charlie a better chance of winnning a golden ticket.
AUGUSTUS GLOOP - A large, fat and repulsive boy from Germany. Basically his aim in life is to eat, eat and eat again and this ultimatly proves his downfall when he is swept away by the chocolate river. He is the token funny guy and as a reader you can't help but laugh at his demise.
VIOLET - Well she likes gum, probably not the strongest charcater in the book but she does turn into a large blueberry so thats funny for the children readers, even though is may put them off chewing gum for a while. She is a horrid girl and like Mr Gloop deserves what she gets.
VERUCA SALT - Spoilt rotten by her parents and when she can't have what she wants she throughs a tantrum and ends up down the gabage shoot, very funny and not wanting to sound nasty, she really really deserved that!
MIKE TV- manages to send himself via TV into a smaller form of himself, not the best transformation in the book but very imagainative. I think that this child is probably the least hated one apart from Charlie after all he only like TV, what child doesn't?
OOMPA LUMPA's - What a stroke of genius these little people were, from Lumpa land, these little people really encapture the whole world of Roald Dahl.
STORY OUTLINE - Basically it is about a little boy called Charlie who is very poor and lives with his parents and grandparents, he lives near Willy Wonka's chocolate factory which has been closed to outsiders for years and then one day Willy Wonka states that he has hidden 5 golden tickets in five bars of chocolate and those who find them will be allowed to enter the factory for a guided tour. Charlie holds out little hope of finding one, eventually the other four tickets are snapped up by four other children Mike, Veruca, Augustus and Violet....until Charlie finds some money on the floor and buys himself a chocolate bar and believe it or not finds the last golden ticket. He takes Grandpa Joe to the factory with him and the tour begins. Chocolate rivers, oompa lumpas and a boiled sweet boat all await, as one by one the children are eliminated until only Charlie is left as a reward Willy Wonka gives Charlie the factory and they all head off in the great glass elevator to go and get the Bucket family.
VERDICT - i adore this book, it is slightly predictable but we all want a happy ending for Charlie and he gets just that...all children should read this book and adults too can be reminded of a time when anything was truly possible.
PRICE - RRP. £ 4.99
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
This book is really aimed at children between the ages of 7yrs-12yrs of age, although I have read it again recently and I still really enjoy it and I am 33yrs old so I think anyone could enjoy this at any age as it is a real classic story.
I think this is a book every child should read and preferably read before they see the film. The reason I say this is because I think this is a book that would really stimulate a childs imagination. You can conjure up as you read this book some marvellous images, really getting the child to think and see this magical world that Roald Dahl has created in this book. If a child has already seen the film the images they will create in there head will be of those watched in the film so they would not be really using there imagination skills to the full and wouldnt benefit in the same way.
The true talent of Roald Dahl and how well he relates to things from a childs point of view really show in this book. He starts off by listing all the main characters in the book and includes pictures of each one. This way it is made easier for the child to remember each ones name by just visualising the way each character looks from the illustrations. Also Charlies grandparents are named in such a way to make it easy to remember: Grandpa Jo and his wife Grandma Josephine. Also Grandpa George and his wife Grandma Georgina. The way he names these characters is a typical instance of Roald Dahl constantly thinking of not just the story he is writing, but of the reader reading this and easing them into all the characters in quite an intelligent way.
The story itself is based on a boy called Charlie who comes from a very poor family. He is not greedy or selfish in anyway - he cherishes everything he has and when he receives just one bar of chocolate for his birthday present (the only bar of chocolate he will have all year), he treasures it like it is gold and eats it slowly making it last a whole month. When it is announced that there will be 5 lucky winners in the whole world who will get to go into the largest Chocolate Factory in the world Charlie really wants to win one of these lucky golden tickets which are found inside 5 chocolate bars. But knowing his family doesnt have much money to buy chocolate bars he doesnt think he stands a chance. So how does he get the winning ticket?, what does he discover in this mysterious and magical Chocolate Factory?. Well for anyone who hasnt read this I will leave that for you to find out.
The meaning behind this book however is a very important lesson for any child to learn. This is that anything is possible no matter what background you come from. Something can be just around the corner that could change your life forever. You dont have to be super rich or greedy or selfish to get what you want you just have to be yourself.
This book for Roald Dahl was said to be one of the most difficult books he wrote, but it turned out to be the most successful. Roald Dahls inspiration for this book came from his schooldays when he and other friends were asked by Cadburys to test new bars of chocolate. As a result Roald used to dream that one day he could win the praise of Mr Cadburys by inventing a chocolate bar himself. So this book reflects one of Roald Dahls dreams he had as a child.
For me Quentin Blakes illustrations really make this book special. His illustrations for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were put into all the books from 1995 onwards. His style of drawing is very unique and there is a really good use of expression in his illustrations. His drawings are humorous and interesting to look at and the book just wouldnt be the same without them.
The ISBN number for this book is: ISBN 0-141-31130-4
Although this book was first published in 1964, this particular edition was first published in 2001. This book is priced at £5.99, but is available for less on E-bay and Amazon.
This book is yet another classic from Roald Dahl. It has all the features of a really good book in it such as suspense, good description and terrific scenes of action. Roald Dahl has explored the depths of his imagination to create an excellent plot.
The main characters in the story are Charlie, Willy Wonka and Grandpa Joe. Also included are major characters are the rest of Charlie's family, the oompa loopma'sand the other lucky children that find Golden Tickets. . The basic storyline is that Charlie has a very family and they try to provide the best for him. Then one day, Willy Wonka launches a compeition for six very lucky children to find a golden ticket in his chocolates bars that his chocolate factory produce. If you find a golden ticket then you win a trip to the factory. It's soon Charlie's birthday and he gets a chocolate bar because he parents really want him to find a golden ticket. When he unwraps the first bar he doesn't find a golden ticket but you'll have read the book to find out what happens next.
I think that this book is a great read for all the family, not just for kids. It captures the magic and the immagination of the place very well and is a must read.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is probably the best known and most loved book of all Roald Dahls stories. The story has recently been brought back to centre stage by the recent film now out on DVD. For me the first time I came across Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was when it was read out on TV on a programme called Jackanory. For those of you too young to remember Jackanory used to be on BBC1 and they would have a different person read from a book with the illustrations from the book being put up on the TV screen at various points. This was when I first got hooked on the Roald Dahl books.
Most of you probably know the story really well but for those of you who dont here is the basic story. The main character in the novel is Charlie Bucket a young boy who comes from a poor family. He lives in a little wooden house with his parents and both sets of grandparents. There is only one bed and both sets of grandparents stay in the bed! The family often go hungry and there is one thing more than anything that Charlie longs to have Chocolate!! Every year on his birthday the family would save up their money and buy him one chocolate bar which he would savour and only nibble a little at a time making one bar last a whole month (dont think there are many of us that could show that much self control!). Near where Charlie lives is a famous Chocolate Factory owned by Willy Wonka a mysterious man. A competition begins to allow five children the chance to see round the factory and to win a life times supply of sweets. In order to win they must find one of five golden tickets hidden inside the chocolate bars.
Charlie wins a ticket along with four other children with the most fantastic names. We have Augustus Gloop a very greedy boy. Dahl does not mince his words when describing him as great flabby folds of fat bulged out from every part of his body, and his face was like a monstrous ball of dough with small greedy curranty eyes. Roald Dahl is certainly not politically correct but amusing none the less!
Then we have Veruca Salt who is a rich spoilt child and Violet Beauregarde who does nothing but chew gum all day. Finally there is Mike Teavee who spends all day watching TV (hence the name!) and doesnt really get excited about anything else except TV.
The children get a tour of the chocolate factory with Willy Wonka and are faced with amazing inventions, unbelievable sweets and of course the Oompa-Loompas who work in the factory. The story unfolds and strange things happen which children will find greatly amusing. To find out what happens youll need to read the book.
What I like about this book?
This is a classic Roald Dahl novel full of humour, interest and the bad people getting what they deserved. Dahls imagination runs riot in the Chocolate Factory with the most amazing inventions and sweets that will capture any childs imagination.
The book is about chocolate and sweets a winning combination for a childrens book. The idea of a world full of chocolate rivers and trees full of sweeties will be fantastic for a child or an adult!
The book is divided into thirty chapters so is good for reading small chunks at a time to your child. It will appeal to all ages but most probably to children aged from around 5-10 years old. The book I have has black and white illustrations which are drawn by Michael Foreman. I feel that the drawings are not as good as the quirky drawings by Quentin Blake who illustrates most of the other Roald Dahl books. However when I looked on Amazon the books that are for sale now do have the Quentin Blake drawings so mine must be an older version. I would recommend getting the one with Quentin Blake as his illustrations are great.
The book can also teach your child some morals in that the people who are greedy or break the rules do not win.
If you enjoy this book then there is a sequel which is less well known but is called Charlie and the great glass elevator.
Cost - £4.79 on Amazon
Do you like chocolate ? I'm sure there's not many who don't, but could you imagine only being able to buy one tiny bar of chocolate a year and then making it last as long as you could ? Of course not, in fact I'm not sure if I could make one giant bar last longer than 5 minutes, gannet that I am !!!! Well the hero of Roald Dahl's best childrens fantasy (as far as I'm concerned) had to do just that !!
Charlie Bucket lives with his two, elderly, frail, sets of grandparents and his Mum and Dad in a tiny, wooden shack on the outskirts of a large town. They are extremely poor, they live on mainly boiled potatoes and cabbage...yeeuk..so probably pens and inks a little in there !! Charlie longs for chocolate every day, this is made worse for him as he lives very close to an enormous chocolate factory. This must be torture for the little boy as he can smell chocolate every day, all day.....would be torture for me too, as would be living next to a 'Chinese takeaway ( I love peking Duck) !
You immediately warm to the Bucket family, as they struggle to make ends meet, they don't complain but are full of love for little Charlie and you know that, if they could, they would give him anything he wanted. Roald Dahl's descriptions of each family member is fabulous, and you can picture each and every one of them in your minds as real people, in particular the frail, bony, skeletal grandparents ! Grandpa Joe thrills Charlie with his wonderful stories, and in turn, Grandpa is thrilled to see the little boy's eyes alight when he hears his stories, none more so when he tells him the story behind the strange man, Willy Wonka, who is the reclusive owner of the chocolate factory, noone ever sees the workers or Mr Wonka himself.
Then, a week before Charlie's birthday, an announcement in the local paper states that the factory is going to reopen, and that 5 lucky children will have the opportunity to have a magical tour of the factory, however, they first have to find the special golden tickets hidden in special bars of Wonka's chocolate !!!!
Of course, if Charlie didn't find a ticket, then there wouldn't be a story, and the only time Charlie can ever afford a bar of chocolate is on his birthday. Well he does find a ticket, not quite in the way that you would think, however you will have to read the book to find out how. Charlie presents his ticket to his family and it is decided that Grandpa Joe should be the one to accompany him on the tour, I am glad about this, as I have warmed to the gentle old man, and, caught up in the story, (as you will be too) I know he will have the time of his life.
And that is where the story really begins....Charlie and Grandpa Joe, along with the other four children, embark on a truly magical and fascinating mystery tour. Dahl's description of the children and Willy Wonka are amazing. Each of the four other children have their own individual , and somewhat detestable, traits and Mr Wonka really is the strangest, most extraordinary little man.
Roald Dahl has excelled in choosing the children's names, you will meet, Augustus Gloop (greedy), Veruca Salt (spoiled), Violet Beauregarde (Loves chewing gum..allday) and Mike Teavee (watches TV constantly).You will also meet the strange workers of the factory..the OOmpa Loompas, who I personally think are hilarious, they are always making up songs about the children and the various mishaps that befall them throughout the tour.
You will, as I was, be totally caught up in the strange and fascinating workings of the factory, which is really a glorified theme park, but the theme , here, is chocolate, Wonka has invented some amazing sweets with magical properties ( so you will also, like me, I'm sure, be salivating at the mouth), it would be a good idea to have a stock of choccies on hand whilst reading this.
The book is fabulously illustrated, thoughout , by Quentin Blake, with scrawling, cartoon like , pen drawings, totally in keeping with the theme.The print is large and easily readable and the whole book is not overly long (190 pages in all).
I will leave you to make your own mind up about this, however I loved it when I was a child and I love it now. I would say this would appeal to anyone from the age of 7 to 99, although the actual age group it is aimed at is 7 to 14. My son has now read this four times and he is 9.
It is said that Roald Dahl found this to be the most difficult story to write, indeed, he presented his first draft to his nephew, Nicholas, to read. Nicholas declared it to be 'rotten and boring', so Dahl had to completely re-write it.
I am jolly glad he did.
Published by Penguin books
We bought ours for 5.99 GBP available from most book shops incl WHSmiths
For a closer look at Roald Dahl's world www.roaldahl.com
For the first time in a decade, Willy Wonka, the reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, is opening his doors to the public--well, five members of the public, actually. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr Wonka himself. For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. So when he finds a dollar bill in the street, he can't help but buy two Wonka's Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights--even though his impoverished family could certainly use the extra dollar for food. But as Charlie unwraps the second chocolate bar, he sees the glimmer of gold just under the wrapper. The very next day, Charlie, along with his unworthy fellow winners Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Augustus Gloop, steps through the factory gates to discover whether or not the rumours surrounding the Chocolate Factory and its mysterious owner are true. What they find is that the gossip can't compare to the extraordinary truth, and for Charlie, life will never be the same again. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: another unforgettable masterpiece from the legendary Roald Dahl, never fails to delight, thrill and utterly captivate.