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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2014
The book is based on a boy named Charlie Bucket who is a lucky winner of a golden ticket.

I have given this book a rating of 5 stars because the story is entertaining, made me laugh throughout and I found it difficult to put down.

What I liked about the book was the story line, humour and pictures (although I didn't need the pictures to imagine the setting as it was described so well in the book).

This book is aimed at children between the ages of 7 onwards, but adults would enjoy it too.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend that others read it.
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on 3 March 2015
Instant classic this Roald Dahl story is. Indeed, this novel details how the little pauper Charlie Bucket wins a contest to visit the chocolate factory of the reclusive Mr.Willy Wonka. Alongside four other children and their parent, Charlie, with his grandfather, uncovers a world of sweets and danger that will test each of the boys and girls in their group. A story that also continues in the sequel, Charlie and the Glass Elevator, in which Charlie's family has a more serious involvement in.

Through this story, Roald Dahl displays to us different rotten behaviors children can exhibit. Gluttony, insolence, greed, and a craving for violence. Attitudes that parents are in general responsible for various reasons, either out of irresponsible parenting or by displaying such actions to their children. Which the author condemns through the Oompa-Loompas excellent songs as the factory's inventive machines and candies reveal the true nature of those who succumb to their temptations which I think even adults would want to eat for themselves if they were in that company.

Alongside Quentin Blake's awesome illustrations, the fantastical imagination of Roald Dahl becomes complete and turns into a world that is unlike what most children literature promotes. A story where the bad guys are not adults, but children. A moralistic classic that gave the author hostile reactions, including one vicious criticism from Ursula K LeGuin who accused him of making her daughter mean through this book she adored to reread. Fortunately, praises have overturned the majority of negative criticisms; geniuses like J K Rowling herself have promoted it as an important read for all children while the magnificent Tim Burton did a wonderful adaptation. A film whose plot and songs (Dahl's original lyrics with Danny Elfman's voices) I preferred over the pretentious musical that is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. For yes, to me that seventies movie was corny, mushy, and phony the instant I saw it. Though the worst was that the main actor's performance whom I found dandy; the polar opposite of Willy Wonka as he treated his movie as if he was Roald Dahl and had a monopoly on that universe. Attacking Tim Burton's book adaptation as a greedy remake; which is not true as the Dahl family has had nothing but praise and respect for Burton's work, saying that Roald would have been happy with that movie, unlike Wilder's stepettes (dance steps) he had loathed as much as I did.

In sum, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a classic as important to literature as is Wuthering Heights.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2010
Although this script tells a shortened version of Dahl's great classic it has become too simple. I bought this script with the intentions of using it for a Secondary School production using pupils aged 11-16. After reading it through I realised the script was far more suited to younger children. Its clear though that it has been adapted to suit a cast of about 20+ (Including Oompa Loompas) by allowing extra parents to accompany the ticket holders into the factory.

Personally I'm going to use small sections of the script alongside some sections of the film. (The first version, as I preferred it and it is available online if you google it) I'll also probably adapt some sections from the book.

I would however commend the writer for providing scenery, prop and costume advice in a section at the back of this book.

If you want an easy production with young children then go ahead and buy this script. I would especially reccomend this option to anyone who would need the extra advice in the back about staging and scenery. If you want something a little closer to the book you might be better off adapting your own. A lot of extra work I know, but far more worth it... cheaper.. and you wouldn't have to worry so much about paying for the rights etc to put it on.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2013
This is a fabulous novel and my son and I both enjoyed it immensely.... but someone has done a very poor job of translating it to Kindle and replaced all instances of 'body' with 'BodyTextCenterLineSpace'.

Not very classy, oh publisher! You didn't bother to proof-read it before sending it to the world and yet you are happy to charge us full price for it.

Pity to spoil an otherwise lovely experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2013
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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on 18 January 2008
How easy was it to get stuck into this book?
Very easy, because as soon as you read the first page, you straight away knew that the book was going to be interesting and exciting.

Who are the main characters?
Mr Willy Wonka - a funny man who just adores chocolate!
Charlie Bucket-the hero
Augustus Gloop-a greedy boy
Veruca Salt-a girl who is spoiled by her parents
Violet Beauregard-a girl who chews gum all day long
Mike Teavee-a boy who does nothing but watch T.V

Who is it written for?
Whoever likes chocolate would read this book all day long, so basically the answer is that anyone can read the book!

What is the storyline?
Well, 5 golden tickets are being wrapped in "Wonka Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight!" and whoever finds one of the golden tickets will be taken on a guided tour around Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Fortunately Charlie did get a golden ticket along with the 4 other children. (See main characters).Strange things happened to those 4 other children but not to Charlie. At the end of the book, the factory gets handed over to Charlie for being such a good boy. What a miracle for Charlie! Aman
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on 23 April 2012
As a child I had mixed feelings about Dahl's books, but loved the films, especially the classic Gene Wilder version. Now that I have a little boy of my own I'm working on instilling the magic of books, and decided to try him on a paperback of the Fantastic Mr Fox - he loved it, and so did I. Next up some more substantial fare - enter Charlie. I have to say the book is great - I'm enjoying reading it and my son (very nearly 4) is fascinated by all the details - cabbage soup for dinner and mattresses on the floor etc.

I was particularly interested to see how he'd take to being read to from my tablet - he loves it and likes watching me flick the pages - I was a little worried the medium would be intrusive, but actually I think it works really well.

I haven't yet picked up any of the page-setting errors other reviewers have noted,so these may well have been remedied now, and the illustrations are luminous and lovely on my Blackberry Playbook (with side-loaded android kindle). I am particularly pleased to see that the kindle version is appropriately priced at £1.99 compared to the full price for the paperback.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2006
This is a review of this particular boxed set, not a review of the stories themselves.
These are large books and very substantial. The slipcase is thick, glossy, and sturdy. The slipcase and both dust jackets are beautifully illustrated. The illustrations both inside and out are by Joseph Schindelman, which is particularly important to me since I first read the books when I was in 3rd grade (in the seventies) and these are the illustrations I remember and love, ones I will always associate with these classics. I definitely recommend this set for Roald Dahl fans and collectors of children's books.
J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
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on 1 November 2012
Charlie Bucket is very poor. His family are unhappy too. He has a dramatic and spectacularly faboulous life change when he runs into a sweet shop and finds a Golden Ticket. You see, Mr Willy Wonka, with pearly gray gloves, a bottle green trouser and jacket, whatever, came with a fab invite to his fantabulous factory! He has a choclate factory, and the greatest in the world! But spies worked there, took recipes to other factoies. And it had to be closed. :( [sad face emoctions] But one day he gave away five lucky Golden Ticket. Come on and follow Charlie into a worldof scrumminess and moral, with a touch of fascination! There is: greedy Augustus; spoilt Verruca; television Mike and chewing Violet to accompany him! Realise why and how and who and where and what. as Charlie tours you, see Augustus go up the pipe; see Veruca down the chute; Mike as a midget; and last but not [no, sorry i do not mean not] but least Violet the Amazing blueberry. Find out about a bearded Umpa Lumpa, a gobsopper that lasts and a chcolate river, mixed by waterfall. .........................What is Charlies happy ending...
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