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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Colour Edn) Hardcover – 3 Jun 2010


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141332123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141332123
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 1.6 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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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 to be exact. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka chocolate bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr. Wonka himself. For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. And, 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 rumors 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. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I responded to it because it respected the fact that children can be adults (Tim Burton) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rob Monster on 20 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
Roald Dahl's darkly sarcastic but never patronising style has made his books hugely popular with children all over the world. This is my favourite book of his by a long way. His books give children exactly what they want to read with a child's-eye view and not an adult's perception of what children should like which makes so many children's books disappointing to read. They are also hugely funny with great characters showing just how absurd grown ups are and how unfair the adult world can be. I've never met anyone who didn't like Roald Dahl's childrens books when they were a child.
I first read this book in hospital as a child and it has been with me ever since. I do truly believe it is one of the top five best books ever written. It has a great story, great characters and it's a great exciting and funny read. I would recommend it to anyone of any age, from young children having it read to them to older children reading theirselves or even adults so that they never forget what it's like to be a child.
Some people have even considered this book to have religious symbolism with it's themes of tempation and sin. I'm not sure about that, and I'm not going to go into it here, but it shows the levels this book could be read at if you felt the need to overanalyse it.
A great, hugely funny & gripping book I would highly recommend to anyone who hasn't read it yet. I challenge anyone not to enjoy this book. Even the stuffiest and most boring adult will find something to appreciate here and all children will be simply delighted with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kiki1 on 20 Jan. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I downloaded this kindle version for my 8 year old daughter's tablet recently, as she enjoys reading and loved the film.

She loves it and was engrossed whilst reading. She especially loved the illustrations and whilst scrolling through, I didn't notice any obvious spelling or grammer errors.

It would be worth noting that as these books and books by this author are geared towards children, the publishers should take this into account when setting the kindle price! This kindle version was quite expensive, more so than the books I download for myself. To encourage young children to want to read, the price should be more reasonable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Marion Peart on 9 Sept. 2010
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Wonderful book - loved by our grandchildren - aged 4 and 6.
Illustrations make it much more acceptable for younger children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arachne202 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2013
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This 8+ years reading age novel has been recently read in instalments to my 6-year-old daughter at bedtime. First published in 1964, it describes an Austerity Britain not too dissimilar to today's, as young Charlie Bucket's impoverished family struggle to make ends meet. When the family begin to starve, my daughter indignantly wanted to know why he wasn't getting food at school, and I could only speculate that free school dinners and food banks hadn't come in yet.

Charlie lives down the street from a chocolate factory - Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, the most amazing and most secretive in the world. The smell of melting chocolate in the air drives him wild with both hunger and curiosity. (Living downwind of a biscuit factory, I know what he means!) Mr Wonka announces a competition where the winners of five golden tickets get a free trip to the factory and a lifetime supply of sweets, and the excesses of modern childhood appear in the winners as comedic representatives of greed, materialism, bad manners, and self-absorption win the tickets..... and the final one is found by Charlie, for the most amazing adventure possible.

Roald Dahl spins a modern fairy tale as the scenes depicted within the magical factory are each more colourful and more zany than the last, with many jokes and puns and acidic comments, and several "Revolting Rhymes"-style poems, as sung by the Oompa-Loompas. It is a bit dark, but not excessively so for junior-school aged children. My daughter was barracking for Charlie every step of the way, and was so happy when good things happened to him, that she was turning somersaults around the room.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 18 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
The story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is about a very poor boy from a very poor family. The family was so poor they can't even afford anything but cabbage, a small cottage and a small dirty creasy bed. The poor boy was named Charlie, Charlie's dad is the only one with a job and his job was rubbish, but I suppose it is better than nothing!!! His job was screwing caps on the top of tooth paste tubes. He barely gets any money from his job. Now for the exciting bit of the story - One fine day ... the world's best chocolate inventor " drum roll please" willy Wonka - who wore a black top hat and a purple jacket, he has got quite a pale face and a long walking stick. Anyway, as I was saying, one day Willy Wonka made 5 golden tickets and randomly placed them in to 5 of his chocolate bars. Each child that got one of these tickets was allowed to go into Willy wonka's chocolate factory and see every single tichy bit of chocolate that willy wonka had invented! I really mean every bit of chocolate. The five lucky children in order were Augustus Gloop who was very fat and ugly, the second golden ticket went to Veruca Salt, the third ticket went to Violet Beaureguard; she was so gross she chewed gum for days and when she had dinner she stuck her gum behind her ear and she put her gum on the edge of her bed every night. The fouth person was Mike Tevee. Mike, his eyes were virtually stuck on the TV all the time. Charlie was so worried in case he would not win the last golden ticket. The 5th person was............CHARLIE!!! Charlie was so happy that he quickly ran home to tell everyone he could bring one person with him and he decided to choose his favorite person who was Grandpa Joe....Read more ›
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