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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Keep these readings by Roald Dahl of these favorite tales alongside E.B. White's reading of CHARLOTTE'S WEB. This is not a performance but the author sharing his books with the listener. His distinctive voice, with a slight lisp, reflects his thorough understanding and delight in the characters. With the current film, James is now a movie star, but the incentive to read or listen to these stories is only increased by this attention. More of Dahl's stories, THE WITCHES, DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD and MATILDA are also available from Harper Children'sÐÐthough we miss Dahl's narrative. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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 the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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 ›
We loved all of the characters. There's the eccentric candy making genius Willy Wonka who has locked himself away in his chocolate factory so that the other candy makers can no longer steal his inventions. The gates are always locked, and nobody goes in and nobody comes out. Mr. Wonka holds a contest, which seems to just be a promotion to generate sales, but Mr.Read more ›
By: Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake(illustrator)
Reviewed by: J. Kim
Willy Wonka's chocolate factory finally opens! However, only 5 childrens gets to go into the factory. The winners were Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy who likes to eat; then there's Veruca Salt a spoiled little brat that get whatever she wants; theres Violet Beauregarde a kid that loves to chew gum; theres a T.V. freak Mike Teavee; last but not least there is the hero Charlie Bucket a kid from a poor family but honest and kind. they all gets ready for the best tour of their lives.
Theres many reasons why I like this book and dislike this book. I like this book because it opens your imagination free and it is so detailed like this quote "look Violet is still chewing that old dreadful gumthat she had for 3 months."However the thing that I dislike about the book is that the kids get punished in an obvious things like Augustus gets punished for eating too much.
The favorite part of the book for me was when Charlie's family gets the factory for themself because they were really poor, and they deserved it because they are so nice and honest. this is why this was the favorite part of the book for me.
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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 1 month 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 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for my daughter and I to read together and it is perfect!!!!Published 5 months ago by Lanai Morris
One of those, I saw the movie first then had to read the book situation.
What I like most about reading a story, is that you get a more intimate relationship with the... Read more
It is about Charlie Bucket. He wants to win a golden ticket from a big chocolate bar because he wants to go to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A Grade 1 and 3 Class
One of the greatest books of all time.. timeless.. let your imagination sore up the glass elevatorPublished 16 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 16 months ago by Kate
Instant classic this Roald Dahl story is. Indeed, this novel details how the little pauper Charlie Bucket wins a contest to visit the chocolate factory of the reclusive Mr. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Omnes
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