Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Hardcover – Sep 12 1964
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For the first time in a decade, Willy Wonka, the reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, is opening his doors to the public--well, five members of the public to be exact. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka chocolate bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr. Wonka himself. For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. And, when he finds a dollar bill in the street, he can't help but buy two Wonka's Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights--even though his impoverished family could certainly use the extra dollar for food. But as Charlie unwraps the second chocolate bar, he sees the glimmer of gold just under the wrapper! The very next day, Charlie, along with his unworthy fellow winners Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Augustus Gloop, steps through the factory gates to discover whether or not the rumors surrounding the Chocolate Factory and its mysterious owner are true. What they find is that the gossip can't compare to the extraordinary truth, and for Charlie, life will never be the same again. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another unforgettable masterpiece from the legendary Roald Dahl, never fails to delight, thrill, and utterly captivate. (Ages 9 to 12)
"Rich in humor, acutely observant, Dahl lets his imagination rip in fairyland." —The New York TimesSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
I like the part when they are in the magic TV room. I like it when the Oompa-Loompas sing because it has a lot of rhyming. I liked the part when the bad girl wants an Oompa-Loompa and a squirrel. I like the part where the girl who eats the bubble-gum changes. I like the part where something bad happens to the boy who eats chocolate. I like it when somebody goes in the garbage. I like it when somebody wins at the end.
We think everybody should read this book so they can find out what happens.
I am a lot like Charlie in some ways. Charlie never gave up until he knew that there was no possible chance of him wining, just like me. I liked this book, because I can relate to most characters, and recommended it to people of all ages.
It's a great book, and it teaches valuable lessons about greed. Charlie is a good kid who follows directions. The other children on the tour get themselves into trouble by not listening to Wonka's instructions. They're punished in strange and surreal ways, and we really don't know whether they live to tell the tale.
That's why I'm giving this book 4 stars, not 5. I find it to be a little cruel, and I think Wonka is kind of sadistic toward children. For example, he shows everybody his brand new chewing gum invention that tastes like a 3-course dinner. Despite Wonka's warnings that it's not quite ready yet, a girl named Violet (who is famous for loving to chew gum!) grabs the gum and starts chewing it. When she tastes blueberry pie, her body turns blue. Before she knows what's happening to her and before she can spit it out, she starts blowing up and turning into a blueberry. While the poor girl is screaming helplessly, the Oompa Loompas surround her and start rolling her around the Inventing Room singing a song!!
All of this struck me as a little mean. Wonka never tells Violet that she'll turn into a blueberry if she keeps chewing. All he says is it isn't ready yet. And the Loompas don't seem terribly worried about juicing her. They're joyfully rolling her around and singing about how naughty she is! Instead of learning any kind of lesson from Violet's "situation," I just ended up feeling sorry for her.
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I bought this first edition book because I love the story and wanted a cool copy of it. However, the sticker that is put on the book jacket to identify the product would absolutely... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jessica C.
How can you go wrong? I use this book as a read aloud in my grade 4 class and the kids can't get enough of Charlie's incredible adventures in Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory!Published 4 months ago by D. Ferren
THE PLAY WAS AWESOME BUT BOOK DEPOSITORY WAS AWFUL!!!!!!! 5 AND A HALF WEEKS TO GET MY SCRIPT IS RIDICULOUS!!!!!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for my daughter and I to read together and it is perfect!!!!Published 8 months ago by Lanai Morris
One of those, I saw the movie first then had to read the book situation.
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One of the greatest books of all time.. timeless.. let your imagination sore up the glass elevatorPublished 19 months ago by Andrew Purdy
Such a classic! Great price, and hardcover to boot! Cant wait to read it many time with my little guy like I did as a child.Published 19 months ago by Kate
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