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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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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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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)
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.Read more ›
Far from a morality tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is like a weird story told by your favorite aunt or uncle, which at first seems to be a story of luck, but turns out to be everyone's story: a tale about growing from a child to an adult.
Dahl has a terrific sense of pacing and plot. He starts with a couple of sentences on each page. Here are Charlie's ancient grandparents---so old that they take up barely a few wrinkly scratches for illustration. Here are his well-meaning, blank-faced parents, with bland and innocent expressions. Here's Charlie--- disheveled hair, straight nose, simple garments, a hopeful smile. That's it for the first three pages. Many commenters say they hate Quentin Blake's drawings. So did I---at first. They seem sloppy and careless; to a non-artist's eyes, they seem unflattering, ugly. You won't find Disney-like or manga-esque outsized cartoon eyes or cherubic cheeks here. Eyes are simple dots, the mouths, a slash. Smiles are full of grotesque teeth. Noses are angled like guns. However, Blake illustrated almost all of Dahl's books, and they are perfect to Dahl's quirky, subversive temperament. They address the question of assumptions. They are exactly right for Dahl because they are exactly right for children. Children have not learned to expect the conventional kind of beauty, or to judge the unbeautiful. They have an open mind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whimsical chapter books that I recommend for 3rd - 5th graders. Roald Dahl writes excellent fantasy novels. The illustrations are okay. These books are 4.4 & 4. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rhonda Garcia
I am so glad to be able to give these classic books to my children. They are of great quality. Just right for the price.Published 8 months ago by Anthony B.
I bought this for my granddaughter for Christmas. she is 8 and loves to read. She loved them.Published 16 months ago by Diane L. Badger
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.Published on April 25, 2014 by Longhorns
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.Published on March 17, 2014 by Barb Hauck