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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Paperback – August 16, 2007
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, along with Roald Dahl's other tales for younger readers, make him a true star of children's literature. Dahl seems to know just how far to go with his oddball fantasies; in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for example, nasty Violet Beauregarde blows up into a blueberry from sneaking forbidden chewing gum, and bratty Augustus Gloop is carried away on the river of chocolate he wouldn't resist. In fact, all manner of disasters can happen to the most obnoxiously deserving of children because Dahl portrays each incident with such resourcefulness and humor.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a singular delight, crammed with mad fantasy, childhood justice and revenge, and as much candy as you can eat. The book is also available in Spanish (Charlie y la Fabrica de Chocolate). (The suggested age range for this book is 9-12, but nobody this reviewer has met can resist it, including New York City bellhops, flight attendants, and grumpy teenagers.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Gr 3-6-Who doesn't know Dahl's story of poverty-stricken little Charlie Bucket who finds one of Willie Wonka's golden tickets and, along with four other children, gets a tour of his amazing chocolate factory? Each of the other children demonstrates a common childhood failing, to extreme-gluttony, greediness, excessive gum-chewing, and TV addiction. As, one by one, they fall prey to the factory's enticements, soon only Charlie is left and he gets the ultimate prize. What's not to love in a story that circles around niceness and chocolate? Listeners will find themselves once again rooting for Charlie as Douglas Hodge performs the book with vim, vigor, tons of expression, and the occasional sound effect. This is a joyous leap into a childhood classic that both children and adults will enjoy.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY shows off Dahl's wonderful imagination. I love the names of his characters and Wonka's inventions. I really liked Grandpa Joe and Charlie. And I loved Dahl's fun, simple plot, and his fanciful storytelling.
My only complaints were: 1) like MATILDA, the ending was too abrupt for me; 2) Willie Wonka appeared two-dimensional, and I never really liked him; 3) who was the antagonist? and 4) what was Charlie's goal as protagonist?
Despite breaking these basic storytelling rules, the book is still a lot of fun. However, I can't help wondering, given today's flooded, highly competitive book market, if an agent would have taken it on, and if they had, would a publisher have published it? I can hear the agents and editors now..."There's no antagonist!" "What's the protagonist's goal?" "The writing is too simple for today's sophisticated middle grade audience!"
Yes, I fear it would have never seen the light of day, and wouldn't that have been a horrible shame?
Most of Dahl's main characters are kids who solve the problems for adults. I would recommend "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to people who like watching bad things happening to bad kids and especially to kids who like adventures and candy. I would also recommend this book to people who love good descriptive writing.
The production values are unusually lavish for an audiobook; there are nicely mixed sound effects woven in and out of the action, and a lovely instrumental theme tune by Rusty Bradshaw that pops up in particularly "big" sequences. But it's the narrator that makes or breaks an audiobook, even when the source material is surefire, and Douglas Hodge is more than up to the task of handling the huge cast of characters. The voices and line deliveries he comes up with are not only well-thought out, but frequently hilarious -- even if (like me) one has enjoyed the many other adaptations of this story out there and knows what to expect, there are some real surprises here.
An outstanding release; would that all audiobook versions of kidlit classics were this enjoyable.
thank you The Shire Bookstore
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Good storyline good lesson.
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