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Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryand 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; inCharlie 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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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ISBN-10:  0141301155
ISBN-13:  978-0141301150
Author:  Roald Dahl
Genre:  Fantasy, Children's Books
Publisher:  Puffin
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review by . August 25, 2008
Illustrated by Quentin Blake    OK, so reading this after seeing the new movie, where Johnny Depp appears to channel Michael Jackson in one of the oddest performances ever on film, I must say that Johnny Depp actually captured the essence of Dahl's Wonka very closely.     Some of the things that I thought were added to the movie for special effects impacts (like the glass elevator crashing into Charlie's house) were actually direct from the book.    Dahl's …
review by . June 21, 2012
It's Never To Late To Read This Children's Classic (Ages 7-97)
"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,   Go throw your TV set away,   And in its place you can install   A lovely bookshelf on the wall."--Roald Dahl, ···Chocolate. Factory      Watching the movie companion, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at about the age of eight, I felt I just was given my cinematic experience equivalent to my generation's The Wizard of Oz.      Now past forty, I am …
review by . July 27, 2010
Childrens classic
This book has only two emotions: Sympathy and joy. Sympathy for the condition of the family and joy for the rest of the book. Its an all happy, full of surprises book that's great not only for the kids, but for the entire family. Even teenagers will enjoy reading this. It's every kids dream to be in a field of candy, and this brings their dreams home.      The movie and the book are pretty much spot on.      Its about a young boy named Charlie who …
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
i read the book in grade school and loved it...i liked the new version of the movie better than the origional.
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
An interesting romp. One of those quasi-serious stories with some kind of good message in the midst of it.
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
The book is MUCH better than the movie! I loved the book and I love Roald Dahl!
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