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Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (original 1975; edition 1991)

by Roald Dahl

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Title:Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Authors:Roald Dahl
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (1991), Hardcover
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1975)

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  Lorem | Sep 28, 2015 |
I saw the movie first and I thought it was pretty good; but after reading the book, I think the book is better. ( )
  Mikelodeon | Aug 11, 2015 |
To put my review into perspective, it's important to note that I am probably obsessed with the original movie. I've seen it more than any other movie in existence and could probably recite every word in the script. I was then properly horrified by the second movie, which everyone told me was "closer to the book" in its defense. So I imagined I'd encounter this demented Wonka in the novel with the weird dentist father, but now I have come to realize just how many people pretend to have read books when they know that someone else has not read them. So the second movie is just demented and ineffective, and it's not Dahl's fault one bit.

The book bored me after my initial delight with Dahl's humorous writing style. Perhaps it's because I spent the entire time categorizing all of the information in terms of movie 1 & 2, but I have to say that the book pales in comparison to movie 1. All of the elements of the movie that make me a fan do not exist in the novel (themes especially). Also, the 3-page long songs of the oompa-loompas annoyed me.

I do have to admit that I chuckled at some of Wonka's ideas and comments, but he's no Gene Wilder.

Apparently, it's a hit with 9-year-old boys, especially since it said "ass", but not worth reading in my opinion. It served its purpose to inspire a brilliant movie, and that's its legacy for me.

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  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Who doesn't know the extremely popular and wide spread story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? This book stirred some mixed feelings for me. As always I admire Roald Dahl's use of language and playfulness with it. It makes me laugh and some of the descriptions are very captivating. When reading the portion of Charlie and his family running severely low on food; the details of Charlie's hunger in fact made me hungry, no, starving and completely sympathetic and sad for charlie. But they were simply moments when this happened. There was also the repetitiveness in the plot where one by one the children were being thrown out for their behavior and the idea that we all know about bad and spoiled kids ending last with some form of punishment. It was a bit too repetitive for my taste and I also felt that it dragged on. I think for me personally is that because I already exactly knew what would happen before each page, I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have reading it with no information from other forms of media. But at the same time a good book is able to lure you back many times even if you've already read it once. That is why I'm torn whether I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected because of a "me" problem or because the author didn't succeed in keeping my interest. Of course other people love it and this book enthralls many readers so it must be doing something right, but as for me it was simply a good read that I wasn't that interested in. ( )
  alejandro.santana | Jul 31, 2015 |
As with all of Roald Dahl's books, I love the wonderful creativity that this book represents. I believe that kids books should be teaching kids that anything is possible. I think that so many books focus on becoming a victim of ones adversity, but within this book, Charlie's optimism gets him and his family out of poverty. I love the descriptions throughout the book and they really paint pictures in the minds of the reader. It would be fun to have students read this book and draw pictures of the images that the book creates. Then, perhaps, to watch the movie and talk abut how their visions differed. As always, I love the names Dahl's books and how they further develop characters. There are some points that would have to be explained to children as part of the time the book was released such as the cursing and the apparent slavery of the Oompa Loompas, but this will always be one of my favorite children's books that is a fun read from cover to cover. ( )
  alaina.loescher | Jul 28, 2015 |
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Jacques, Faithmain authorall editionsconfirmed
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'Whips!’ cried Veruca Salt. ‘What on earth do you use whips for?’

‘For whipping cream, of course,’ said Mr Wonka. ‘How can you whip cream without whips? Whipped cream isn’t whipped cream at all unless it’s been whipped with whips. Just as a poached egg isn’t a poached egg unless it’s been stolen from the woods in the dead of night!'
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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.)

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Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

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