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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Paperback – August 16, 2007
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-- Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti
My kids’ favorite part of the book was when the squirrels threw Veruca Salt (and her parents!) down the garbage shoot. I bring that up when the kids start whining about something, reminding them that it was the parents’ spoiling of Veruca that made her into such an insufferable brat! The Oompa-Loompas and their long, complex songs were not as funny as I remembered, and I could tell the kids were pretty much waiting for them to be over so the story could resume. This surprised me since I seemed to remember them being my favorite part. Maybe I just didn’t do them justice in my attempts to sing like an Oompa-Loompa!
The lessons conveyed by CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY are simple but important. Behave with respect, dignity, and politeness and try not to be like Augustus, Veruca, Violet, of Mike, each of whom personify excess, disrespect, selfishness and unhealthy habits. I can’t recommend this book highly enough if you’re looking for an easy-to-follow, short book to read out loud to children! It has simple black-and-white illustrations every few pages, something to look at but not stare at continually, so it is a good book for transitioning from picture books to chapter books.
It’s about a young boy's journey to winning a tour through the chocolate factory in his town. There are plenty of times where we laughed out loud at the ridiculous imagination of Roald Dahl. We are going to order the next one in the series so we can see what else happens!
Only I had never read the book. It has been on my list of books to read forever. However, it never worked out to read it. Until now.
I was delighted to see three works by Roald Dahl on the 100 BBC Books list. Matilda was one of my favorite books as a child! To make it even better Amazon offered a Kindle deal after Christmas discounting both Charley and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. I was excited to finally read this book.
Charley and the Chocolate Factory is written for a younger audience. The children are all around the age of nine.
I hate to write a book review based upon the movie. However, it is rare that I have actually seen the movie before reading the book. I think this will tend to be the case for most everyone.
The book is different from both movies. It is simpler. This is not surprising when you consider the reading level of a nine year old. This is not to say that the book does not give you more then the movie. For one it gives you a way to picture the children and parents in which ever way you see fit. I also enjoy Willey Wonka in the book. He is not as over the top as Johnny Depp, but his is a bit more eccentric then in the original movie.
If you have not read Charley and the Chocolate Factory you should. Better yet, you should pick up the book and read it with (or to) a child.
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But there was on thing that made Charlie happy and that was the smell of the chocolate factory, he used to pass by, twice a day while going and coming back from school. He always used to look at the giant chocolate factory and was eager to know that how would it look from inside.
The chocolate factory, belonged to Willy Wonka who manufactured the most magical, mouth watering, beautiful and scrumptious chocolates in the whole world. One day, he held a contest for children where he announced that a Golden Ticket would be hidden underneath the ordinary wrapping paper of 5 ordinary bars of chocolate. The 5 lucky finders of these 5 Golden tickets would earn a free day tour in his giant chocolate factory and would also be allowed to see the secrets and magic of his factory.
A visit to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is nothing less than a dream come true for any child in the world. His chocolate factory is every chocolate lover's paradise.
Who would be the 5 luckiest kids who would get a chance to win a free day tour to the chocolate factory ?
Would Charlie be one those 5 kids who would win a day tour to the chocolate factory ?
This book is soo good that after reading it you are surely going to crave for chocolates 😜😜
I give 5 / 5.
Charlie lives down the street from a chocolate factory - Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, the most amazing and most secretive in the world. The smell of melting chocolate in the air drives him wild with both hunger and curiosity. (Living downwind of a biscuit factory, I know what he means!) Mr Wonka announces a competition where the winners of five golden tickets get a free trip to the factory and a lifetime supply of sweets, and the excesses of modern childhood appear in the winners as comedic representatives of greed, materialism, bad manners, and self-absorption win the tickets..... and the final one is found by Charlie, for the most amazing adventure possible.
Roald Dahl spins a modern fairy tale as the scenes depicted within the magical factory are each more colourful and more zany than the last, with many jokes and puns and acidic comments, and several "Revolting Rhymes"-style poems, as sung by the Oompa-Loompas. It is a bit dark, but not excessively so for junior-school aged children. My daughter was barracking for Charlie every step of the way, and was so happy when good things happened to him, that she was turning somersaults around the room.
I also really like the larger colour illustrated edition of the Roald Dahl books. The look great and the pictures add to the storytelling.
I would certainly recomend.
The book has arrived (and its a very small book appoximately 150mm (h) x 100mm (w) with very tiny text) and its printed in English.
Not what I was expecting at all.
I remember one particularly wet summer holiday in my youth, snuggling up with my Mum, and listening to this book, whilst the rain hammered on the windows and thunder rattled the rooftops. So I borrowed this book from our library (yes, we actually found one!) and read it three times to my 4 year old son, over the space of about 7 weeks. Feeling a little guilty, we returned the book, begrudgingly in my son's case. I look forward to seeing his face when he opens this on his birthday next month!
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.