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Roald Dahl/Charlie Boxed Set (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator) Hardcover – September 11, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Slp edition (September 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375815597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375815591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Deliciously madcap mayhem and out-of-this-world fantasy--this is what you'll find within the casing of this boxed set of two of Roald Dahl's most brilliant creations: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

For decades, delighted readers of all ages have explored Willy Wonka's fabulous chocolate factory, met the Oompa Loompas, and sampled the chocolate river along with Augustus Gloop. And later, they have zoomed off into the stratosphere in the most remarkable elevator ever created. Now, a new generation of readers barely needs to pause between the first and the second of Roald Dahl's masterful volumes. Hardcover editions of each title, illustrated of course by the incomparable Quentin Blake, are tucked in a handy cardboard sleeve, ready for the next set of hungry eyes. Sadly, the convenience of the set is counterbalanced by the poor quality of the paper used for the books. Classics like these deserve thick, creamy, opaque pages; not the flimsy, rough, semitransparent sheets used here. (Ages 7 and older) --Emilie Coulter


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Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to"a wonderful faraway place. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.The BFG is dedicated to the memory of Roald Dahls eldest daughter, Olivia, who died from measles when she was seven - the same age at which his sister had died (fron appendicitis) over forty years before. Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated most of Roald Dahl's children's books.

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The hardcover books come in a beautiful box set.
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These are book that can be read and enjoyed by the entire family, adults and children, over and over again.
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We read a few chapters before bed every night and he loves it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike on March 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There are few books I actually WANT to pick up and read again just for the heck of it, and in this package you actually get 2! Many people have never even heard of the Great Glass Elevator, so this is a great way to expose them to it. I must have read each of these books a dozen times over the years and I never tire of them. As I grow older I am also seeing more and reading more into them then I ever noticed before, making each read more interesting than the next. Of course, if you plan on reading Chocolate Factory, be sure to have plenty of choclates around, you can't hardly help yourself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By peggyjo67 on June 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I received my box set --my eyes nearly burst from the sockets. These books are absolutely PERFECT!
A must have for Roald Dahl fans -for sure. You have not experienced the Chocolate Factory until you have READ the book. For those that seem to thrive off the movie (and I love the movie, don't get me wrong) but the book -ahh, now you are going to get into the sinister mind of Dahl through these pages of delights. The character and their punishments are just a little more .....well, you be the judge and read the book!
Let's just say, Dahl is quite brutal but poetically just.
Charlie and the Glass Elevator is a bonus in this set!!
I highly encourage book lovers and Dahl fans alike to get this set --you will only find yourself as a child again enjoying the mystery and magic of Charlie's sweet adventure. These scrumptious delights will entertain even adults.
If you haven't read "Matilda" (which I classify Dahl's best work) you have truly deprived yourself. "The Witches" another of Dahl's handwork. These are only the icing on the cake of his works!
(the books are TOP quality and well worth the price -and then some)
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Let me just start off by saying that I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After seeing the movie version with Gene Wilder, I had to read the book, so I rented the ORGINIAL edition from my library and fell in love with it. Then I rented the sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and enjoyed it just as much.

My only complaint with this edition is the illustrations by Quentin Blake. Let me just be bluntly honest: they are horrible! They look as if a five year old drew them! I don't like the way any of the characters look, especially Willy Wonka. In Blake's illustrations they all look just poor, mediocre, stupid and dopey. They don't add to the book or enhance your visualization of the characters but detract from it. I don't expect Alan Lee-like drawings, just something a bit more better drawn and closer to the characters in the book.

The critic on Amazon calls the illustrator "the incomparable Blake." I'd like to choke when I read that. Incomparable? Yeah right. Just compare this one with the ORIGINAL illustrations by Joseph Schindelman and you'll see that Blake is definitely a big step down in quality. Joseph Schindelman, to me, really captured the goodness and innonence of Charlie and the delightfulness and lovablness of Willy Wonka in his illustrations, and more importantly, they match Roald Dahl's descriptions well. They look more like people and more like you imagined them to look like. When I think of Willy Wonka and Charlie, my mind goes back to the illustrations of Joseph Schindelman; there just better done and more like characters. They are much more charming than the stick figure we have with long nose and bug eyes in Blake's Wonka.

And this guy is a teacher? It looks to me like he needs to be taught a few art lessons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A couple of weeks ago, I went to a Barnes and Noble to buy a copy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book. Then I saw this book. I bought it and still love it . The best part about this is that set is that you don't have to buy the books sepertly. To all Charlie an the Chocolate Factory or Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator fan. Get ths set. You will fall in love with it
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By Longhorns on April 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wow!!! Arrived earlier than expected. Was a little concerned about quality of item. But was dead on brand new with shrink wrap still on. Beautiful box set.
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By Barb Hauck on March 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I challenged my grandson to read these books and compare them to the movies based on them. He is "required" to let me know what he thinks of the differences.
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By sarah barraw on January 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
i have been a fan of roald dahl since 4th grade. i am allmost a holder of all of his books. i am awaiting my order. it has been seven days now and it is still preparing for shipment. when it arrives i will post the star rating of the over all quality that the set arrived in and its quality.. comment further on quentins illustrations. hopefully they wrap them good because its snowing and wet here in michigan!!!
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By B. Hansen on May 10, 2013
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but I wished I could find it as just the single books rather than in a set. My son likes the Roald Dahl books and has read many of them but the set seemed more expensive than if we would have purchased them separately.
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