- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 16 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142410314
- ISBN-13: 978-0142410318
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 285 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Paperback – Aug 16 2007
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"Rich in humor, acutely observant, Dahl lets his imagination rip in fairyland." —The New York Times
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Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller. Find out more at roalddahl.com.
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I loved the entire book!
Comedy,kid in a pipe,songs just sooooo funny!1000/1000😁😁😀😀I recommend that you read this book awesome!
So begins the candy-coated odyssey of Charlie Bucket, an impoverished child who wins the opportunity of a lifetime in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," perhaps the most famous of author Roald Dahl's many books. In a sense it's one of the books most suited to children -- we have a doughty little hero, giant gobs of chocolate, and the ever-eccentric Willy Wonka taking us through his magically bizarre factory.
Charlie Bucket's family is so woefully impoverished that they live in a tiny house with only one bed and barely any food; Charlie himself is regularly tortured by his love of chocolate and his inability to afford any, except for a tiny bar on his birthday. This is especially unpleasant because they live right near the world's most amazing chocolate factory, owned by the legendary Willy Wonka, who fired his workers and temporarily closed up his factory when his competitors started stealing his secrets.
How amazing is Willy Wonka? "Mr Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that change colour every ten seconds as you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away deliciously the moment you put them between your lips." And so on, and so on, and so on -- every magically weird sweet thing is made by Wonka. Then Willy Wonka declares that he's going to let five children -- who buy the chocolate bars with the Golden Ticket inside -- tour his factory.
Against the odds, Charlie finds one of the coveted Tickets, along with four other children with massive personality defects: a compulsive gum-chewer, a TV addict, a food addict and a spoiled brat. And on the appointed day, Willy Wonka sweeps the children up on a magical tour of his bizarre factory, with chocolate rivers, a glass elevator, marshmallow pillows, candy plants and doll-sized Oompa-Loompas. But to some of the children (read: ones who aren't Charlie), the factory contains untold perils.
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is perhaps the best possible exhibition of Roald Dahl's talents as a storyteller -- he wrote the sort of uniquely British stories that were gleefully dark, quite exaggerated and even silly, yet somehow it never broke your suspension of disbelief. So he was perfectly suited to a story about a whimsical candymaker and his equally enchanting -- yet extremely dangerous -- factory full of strange and wonderful things.
And Dahl's writing style is all those things, writing in a spare but whimsical style that highlights both the dark (the crushing poverty of the Bucket clan) and the whimsical (just about everything in the factory). And he sails through the legendary misfortunes of the various greedy kids with the air of a giggling deity, much like Wonka himself ("My goodness, she is a bad nut after all. Her head must have sounded quite hollow").
Speaking of which, Wonka is a delightful character -- he's incredibly weird and charmingly upbeat, and has Dahl's love of disposing of horrible characters in ways that they deserve (such as his teasing of Mrs. Gloop over her son's fudgy fate). Charlie is a slightly bland character, but he's still quite endearing, being rather mature for his age and thoroughly good-hearted... and so unsurprisingly, the other kids are delightfully loathsome caricatures, which makes it incredibly fun to see them get their candy-coated comeuppance.
Whether you like candy or not, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is a sweetly delicious experience -- when you aren't entertained by Dahl's whimsical ideas, you're gleefully enjoying the darker shades of chocolate. Absolutely whipple-scrumptious.
The story is probably familiar to many (thanks to the 1971 film adaptation), but the basic plot is this: Willy Wonka, a reclusive, famous (almost Howard Huges-like) owner of the largest candy factory in the world wraps five golden tickets in candy bars and distributes them to the world. No one has been in or out of Wonka's factory in years, but these tickets allow the ticket finders access to it for one day, as well as a lifetime supply of world-famous Wonka candy. Four tickets are quickly found by families who have the money and the means to do so (one of the finder's father even stops production in his factory so that his voluminous workers can unwrap the thousands of candy bars he's purchased in hope of finding one of the tickets). This is discouraging to Charlie Bucket, who comes from a destitute family who eat mostly watery cabbage and boiled potatoes. Charlie only gets one chocolate bar a year for his birthday - his father's job screwing on the tops of toothpaste tubes doesn't bring much income. Charlie's luck changes when he finds a dollar bill in the snow (after his father loses his job in the toothpaste factory the family begins to starve, and Charlie conserves energy by walking slowly, which helps him find the dollar). Luck leads to luck, as Charlie buys two candy bars and the second one contains a golden ticket. Charlie's 95 year-old (wow!) grandfather agrees to accompany Charlie. So, Along with four other spoiled brats and their families, Charlie and Grandpa Joe tour the Wonka factory. Inside, the factory is filled with amazing things, and the spoiled brats show their worst side and also expose the dangerous side of the fantastic. A river of chocolate is great until you fall into it. Trained squirrels are great unless they mistake you for a bad nut and through you in the chute. Chewing gum that tastes and nourishes as though it were an entire three course meal is great as long as the forumla is right and doesn't turn you into a giant blueberry. Being allowed into the Wonka factory is an amazing experience unless you're a spoiled brat who needs to grab, chew, eat, or touch everything you see. In this case being a brat brings dire consequences. The reward for not being a brat is something unbelievable, but the "losers" still get a lifetime supply of candy and chocolate.
Fans of the film (which is mistitled "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" because Charlie is really supposed to be the hero here) will notice some great differences in the story. The famous "Oompa Loompa" song is not in the book, but they do sing, but they sing longer and more detailed songs than in the movie. One of the songs goes on about the evils of television:
The most important thing we've learned
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, never, NEVER let
Them near your television set -
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
They do not sing "Oompa Oompa Ommpity Doo, I've got another problem for you" such as in the movie. They also give credit where credit is due: the brattiness of the kids is also blamed on the parents. So in a way the story also becomes a lesson in parenting. The Oompa Loompas sing:
For though she's spoiled, and dreadfully so,
A girl can't spoil herself, you know.
Alas! you needn't look so far
To find out who these sinners are.
They are (and this is very sad)
Her loving parents, MUM and DAD.
In this way the Oompa Loompas almost serve the purpose of a Greek chorus. Whenever of the brats "gets it" they sing about the tragedy and probable causes of the event. This book is a very enjoyable read for any age. If you're an adult, don't deprive yourself of great children's books such as this one. If you're a kid, don't deprive your parents of your great books such as this one. Make them read it. Force them to read it. You know you want to.
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