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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Gift Book [Hardcover]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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7 Oct 2004
A lavish full-colour 40th anniversary gift edition of this bestselling story with coloured backgrounds on every page, illustrated by Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books; 40th anniversary ed edition (7 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670914533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670914531
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 20.4 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,347,825 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, 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. (Ages 9 to 12) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chocolate heaven 19 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
My 2 boys, aged 5 and 6, loved listening to this and it kept them very quiet in the car for longer than expected. They have listened to it again and again since they got it and don't seem to be bored yet!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cross Generational Delight 4 Nov 2009
By Andrew
When I was a boy ... no really ... I used to love hanging around in the school library and the book I used to most want to read, one of the few to really capture my imagination (we're talking mid seventies) was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Very, very fond memories. What a delight then to have sent it (by the magic of Amazon) across the Atlantic to my 6 year old nephew and to hear he just loves it and wants it to have it read over and over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 20 Jan 2013
By Kiki1
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie 9 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wonderful book - loved by our grandchildren - aged 4 and 6.
Illustrations make it much more acceptable for younger children.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever written 20 Jan 2003
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superstar 7 April 2001
By A Customer
I grew up listening to the teachings of Mr Dahl, having his books read to me, then re-reading them when I was older. One of my favourite has always been the story of Charlie, and his rages to riches tale.
This is a wonderfully lighthearted novel, which has the social and moral undertones evident in many of Dahls works.
For those of you unfamiliar with the work,I will not spoil it by giving away the plot, however, I must say that this is a very involving novel, and we easily find ourselves seeped into the unfortunate world of Charlie, as we travel with him through his adventures. I found my self in a lottery-win style state of mind when Charlie finally found the final Golden Ticket, the key to the door of his happiness.
All in all, I simply must recommend this novel to everyonde, young and old. It is one of those finds that you will never let go: I still have the copy I was read as a four yearold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thumbs up 28 Jun 2013
By Fe72
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought for my 8yr old son for his birthday as he loves Charlie and Choc factory! Has book and film already and now has the set! Its very good and he loves it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book written by the famous author, Roald Dahl. It is illustrated by Quentin Blake and published by Puffin Books. We read part of the book in our literacy lessons as part of our work on Authors and Letters, and wanted to share our ideas!

The story follows Charlie Bucket. He wins a Golden Ticket which allows him to go into the famous chocolate factory of Willy Wonka. Lots of adventures happen inside the factory, and there are some astonishing descriptions of the sweets and children in the factory.

The main character is Charlie Bucket. He is our favourite character because he is very polite, kind, cheerful, patient, enthusiastic and he is not too young but not too old either. The magical Willy Wonka is another character, and he owns the biggest chocolate factory in the world. Grandpa Joe is Charlie's grandpa, and he is ninety six and a half years old!

We love all the parts of the story that describe the delicious, creamy chocolate of course! The explosive plot is also very exciting. Our favourite parts are when Mike Teavee gets sent across the room through a television, when Grandpa Joe does a victory dance after Charlie finds a Golden Ticket, when Augustus Gloop goes up the chocolate pipe, when Willy Wonka takes the children to see the squirrels, and when Violet Beauregarde is turned into a blueberry. We also love the Oompa Loompas because they are as small as your knee and they sing lots of funny songs.

We think that Roald Dahl's story teaches you not to be greedy, and that everyone can enjoy life and be happy.

We would highly recommend this outstanding book for children like us, between the ages of six and twelve.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read still
Still a brilliant read after 50 years
If your son or grandson is called Charlie then this book is a must
Especially with the golden ticket inside
Published 7 days ago by Kenneth Alfred Boardman
4.0 out of 5 stars marvelous, crazy, fun!
We like mr wonka making lots of yummy sweets.

All grandparents should read this book to their grandchildren.

It's great
Published 9 days ago by Oliver Beales
4.0 out of 5 stars Another classic.
A 'well done' gift for my daughter. More special than the ordinary books, although very large for bedtime reading.
Published 19 days ago by Lincolnshirelass
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely edition
Love the new large format colour editions of Dahl classics, and this is a good price from Amazon. My three-year-old is having a chapter or so at a time, made more enjoyable because... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Tracy Keen
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie and the chocolate factory
Well packed, excellent condition, quick delivery, very pleased. A lovely book and one of our family's favourites, also brought Charlie and the great glass elevator which we haven't... Read more
Published 28 days ago by louu
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
Much loved present. Brilliant cover and story. OK if child can read fairly fluently or you are prepared to read it to them.
Published 28 days ago by J. KING
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical and wondrous!
Fantastically and wondrous devilish fun! This is Ronald Dahl at his very best. This a favourite from my own childhood, my five year old son thought it was fabulous, and I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by gajabr
3.0 out of 5 stars Charlie and the chocolate factory
Charlie and the chocolate factory is a really funny and good book. But to be honest with you I really think that Roald Dahl wrote some better books and there is really other better... Read more
Published 1 month ago by GIGI Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A must read for everyone young and old! Wonderful! A story that does not age and still relevant today! Just make sure to watch the original movie!
Published 1 month ago by Chantelle
5.0 out of 5 stars it's ok
I like chair of doom because it is more isn't resting book than Matilda because it has got the Indian prince
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