download Reading Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryAuthor Roald Dahl –

Charlie Bucket's Wonderful Adventure Begins When He Finds One Of Mr Willy Wonka's Precious Golden Tickets And Wins A Whole Day Inside The Mysterious Chocolate Factory Little Does He Know The Surprises That Are In Store For Him!
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10 thoughts on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  1. says:

    Tonight I just finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory with my son. This is the first chapter book I've read all the way through with him. And it was a ton of fun.

    First off, I'll admit that I love the movie. I grew up with it. (I'm talking about the Gene Wilder version, of course.)I'll even admit to liking the movie better than the book. Which is something that doesn't happen very often with me.

    That said, the book is really, really good. It held my four-year old's attention. It's silly, and it's fun.

    And it's DARK.

    For those of you who haven't read the book, let me underline this fact for you. Dahl takes pains to really detail the fact that Charlie and his family aren't just hungry and poor. They're destitute. Charlie sleeps on a mattress on the floor. In the winter they are cold, and they're starving to death.

    And if you think I'm exaggerating on that last point, I'm not. One of the chapters is titled: The Family Begins to Starve.

    But you know what? I like this book better because of that. It's not sanitized pablum written by committee to be inoffensive. It's the story of a little boy who is in a fucking awful situation, but he is still good and kind and polite and then something really nice happens to him.

    That's a trope I can get behind.

    Its it a good book to read with your kids? Absolutely.

    That said, allow me to tangent off and share my thoughts as a total bastard:

    If Willie Wonka actually hired workers and paid them a living wage, maybe Charlie Bucket wouldn't be starving to death in the first place.

    Follow me here. Wonka is effectively running a company where everyone is paid in scrip. The Oompa Loompas are paid, quite literally, in beans. Beans that I'm guessing he has the Oompa Loompas themselves growing in some huge underground cavern.

    Let's not even get into the ethical tarpit of the fact that Wonka uproots an entire indigenous culture and enslaves them. Let's just look at this from a raw numbers point of view. Pure economics.

    The Oompa Loompas work in the factory. They are not paid. They never leave the factory. That means they don't pay rent. They don't buy groceries. They don't go to the movies, or take taxis ,or buy clothes.

    But *everyone* buys Wonka's chocolate.

    That means that money goes into the factory, but it doesn't come back out into the town.

    As a result, the local economy is crap. And it's because of this that Charlie's dad can't get a decent job. What's more, it's because of this that his dad *loses* his shitty job, and his family is starving to death.

    Willie Wonka isn't a childlike magic maker. He's a billionaire corporate fuckwit. He's the candy equivalent of Monsanto. There's no government oversight there. Osha would never have approved that bullshit boiled sweet boat and chocolate river. No. Dude is untouchable.

    And don't tell me he isn't. That shit that goes on with the other kids? Nobody even *thinks* of suing him. None of the parents even *hint* at it. He probably owns half the judges in the state, and a handful of senators, too.

    He's a fucking supervillian. And I would paid serious money to see a story where Batman kicks his ass.

    *End Rant*

    In closing, let me share something that Oot said while I was reading him this book:

    "Dad, Willie Wonka is just a regular human, but he *is* a little bit of a wizard like you."

  2. says:

    Jess, my 7 year old little girl, gives it 5 stars.

    Comments while reading:

    “How come someone is called ‘Gloop’? And ‘Salt’? Isn’t that the thing that we use for cooking?”

    “What is ‘spoiled’? Oh, okay, I’m NOT spoiled.”

    “Huh, Grandpa Joe is 96 years old?! How come that he’s even older than my grandpa?”

    “How come Charlie’s dad can’t work at the toothpaste factory anymore? What does ‘bankrupt’ mean?”

    “Will Charlie ever get the golden ticket?”

    “Yes! Charlie found it!”

    “Mr. Wonka looks like a clown!”

    “How come Oompa-Loompas only eat mashed up caterpillars? EEW!”

    “Augustus Gloop got sucked up into the pipe because he was GREEDY.”

    “Will Violet ever be all right again or will she always be a blueberry?”

    “I want these:

    So I can sleep on it and eat it little by little.

    It would be great if I can have it in my room, so every time I want an orange or banana, I can just lick it.

    So that I don’t have to use my night light anymore. But what happens when it’s finished?

    So that I can eat it in class! But I don’t think Miss Ayu will like it if I do that.”

    “These are just silly! Mr. Wonka likes to invent strange things!

    Who wants to have their hot drinks even hotter?

    Won’t your body be tingling and itchy all over if you swim in there? It’s fizzy like Coca Cola, right?”

    “But the funniest thing is that SQUARE CANDY THAT LOOKS ROUND! I’m going to tell dad about it and then all my friends at school!”

    “I like it when Mr. Wonka says to Mrs. Salt, “My dear old fish, go boil your head!” Mr. Wonka used to be more polite and now he is getting rude.”

    “Mike Teavee got very small because he is sent through the TV. No, I don’t watch too much TV like him.”

    “This song about watching too much TV is too LONG. Just skip it.”

    “I don’t think anything bad will happen to Charlie, because he’s good. Also, it is written in the front of the book that he is THE HERO.”

    “What? Charlie got the whole factory? That’s because he’s GOOD.”

    “I want a chocolate candy and I want more books by Roald Dahl!”

  3. says:

    Gene Wilder June 11, 1933 - August 29, 2016 - Goodbye Gene, you'll always be Willy Wonka to me.

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl first published in 1964 was an immediate children’s classic and has inspired two film versions.

    I was surprised to see that neither of the films came close to Dahl’s text. Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a dark creature who killed children, crushed their bones and baked them into the candy bars.


    Just kidding.

    This is of course a delightful children’s / young adult fantasy featuring the inimitable Willy Wonka. The 1971 musical film directed by Mel Stuart and featuring Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson has long been a family favorite and I grew up loving the songs and Wilder’s performance. (Interestingly, according to IMDB – so you know its true – Peter Ostrum, the child actor who portrayed Charlie Bucket, only ever appeared in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, it was his only film credit. He is now a veterinarian).

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton’s 2005 adaptation starring Johnny Depp and Christopher Lee was also very entertaining and I have enjoyed watching it as well.

    So it was no surprise that I finally got around to reading Dahl’s original novel. I was curious to see which film version came closest to Dahl’s vision, and I can surprisingly report that though they both come close to the original text, both rely heavily on artistic license and the kind of freedoms a director will often take when translating a literary work into film.

    Brilliant, quirky, and original this is a short work that a fan of the films, or of children’s fantasy literature should take the time to thoroughly enjoy.


  4. says:

    Slightly odd story of virtuous poverty rewarded by the evil capitalist who caused the poverty by firing all his workers in favour of employing non-human immigrants.

    Unemployment from the chocolate factory, apparently the only consumer of labour in the otherwise stagnant economy of Charlie's home town, (proving I suppose that an excess of chocolate is really bad for you both economically and physically) requires that all of his grandparents have to live and sleep in one bed while the family slowly starves. Evidently the social contract is relentlessly one-sided in Charlie's country.

    Willy Wonka, the owner of the chocolate factory, a man who makes Charles Montgomery Burns look reasonable, holds a competition to allow a small number of children into his factory to select one of them to be his successor.

    Charlie wins one of the tickets. The hard school of his poverty having made him virtuous, he manages to survive all the other children whose gross moral turpitudes cause them to be eliminated.

    Having won the right to become Willy Wonka's successor he wins himself a sequel adventure, but this involves travelling to the moon in an elevator rather than changing the employment practises of the factory and the introduction of a living wage. Proving, I suppose, there is a limit to the amount of fantasy you can fed a child before it becomes completely unbelievable.

  5. says:

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket #1), Roald Dahl
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children's novel by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1964 and in the United Kingdom by George Allen & Unwin, 11 months later. The book has been adapted into two major motion pictures: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in 1971, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005. The book's sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, was written by Roald Dahl in 1971 and published in 1972. Dahl had also planned to write a third book in the series but never finished it.

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه جولای سال 2002 میلادی
    عنوان: چارلی و کارخانه ی شکلات‌سازی؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ مترجم: فتح الله جعفری جوزانی؛ تهران، روشنفکران و مطالعات زنان، 1375، در 159 ص؛ مصور، شابک: 9645512476؛ موضوع: داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 20 م
    عنوان: چارلی و کارخانه شکلات‌سازی؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ مترجم: شهلا طهماسبی؛ تهران، نشر مرکز، کتاب مریم، 1376، در 175 ص؛ مصور، شابک: 9643052702؛
    عنوان: چارلی و کارخانه ی شکلات‌سازی؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ مترجم: محبوبه نجف خانی؛ تهران، نشر افق، کتابهای فندق، 1384، در 238 ص؛ مصور، تصویرکر: کوئنتین بلیک؛ شابک: 9789643692186؛
    عنوان: چارلی و کارخانه ی شکلات‌سازی؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ مترجم: مهناز داوودی؛ تهران، محراب قلم، 1390، در 132 ص، شابک: 9786001030703؛
    عنوان: چارلی و کارخانه ی شکلات‌سازی؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ مترجم: علی هداوند؛ تهران، کارگاه فیلم و گرافیک سپاس، 1393، در 132 ص، شابک: 9786006767123؛

    داستان درباره ی کودک فقیری است، که بسیار به خوردن شکلات علاقه دارد، اما چون فقیر است نمی‌تواند، او موفق می‌شود، که کارخانه شکلات‌سازی که متعلق به شخصی به نام «ویلی وانکا» است را از نزدیک ببینید. و ...؛ ا. شربیانی

  6. says:

    Dark humour, sinister undertones, and playful whimsy blend together to create a classic children's literature that is lusciously sweet and delightfully disturbing!

    "Mr Willy Wonka is the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen!"
    Come now, dear readers! Behave and pull yourselves together! This is not the time for dillydallying. Willy Wonka is about to welcome five lucky kids into his mysterious factory! The caveat? Only five of these Golden Tickets had been printed and one of these tickets is hidden underneath a chocolate bar wrapped in ordinary paper. The five chocolate bars could be anywhere around the world, over the counter, in any street, in any place where Wonka's confectioneries are sold! Five winners, accompanied by their parents or guardians, will have their once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a tour of the wonderful Wonka Factory! So, get ready to unwrap those Wonka's Chocolate Nutty Crunch Surprise and Whipple-Scrumptious Fudge-mallow Delight! If you fancy an Augustus-flavoured chocolate-covered Gloop, a Violet-coated blueberry-infused Beauregarde, a-bad-nut-Veruca-flavored squirrel-sorted Salt, a-fun-size-Mike-Teavee-chocolate bar, or even a Charlie-sprinkled fortune-filled-cookie Bucket — whatever your sweet tooth demands, this book has you covered!

    While this might sound saccharine and highly tempting, the children's situation was bordering into the macabre territory, if you thoroughly analyze it. However, with playful prose, clever puns, and eccentric misfits, Dahl weaves an imaginative, moral tale that is both amusing and timeless. Matilda, in my honest opinion, still trumps this one though.

    Audiobook rating (narrated by Douglas Hodge):
    Narrative voice & style - ★★★★★
    Vocal characterisation - ★★★★★
    Inflexion & intonation - ★★★★★
    Voice quality - ★★★★★
    Final verdict - ★★★★★

  7. says:

    My 2020 adventure revisiting some of my classic favorites from childhood with my kids continues! I just finished reading them Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and they loved it! I continue to feel great warmth and joy with the fact that they ask about reading time with as much enthusiasm as when they ask about tablet time. In fact, if they happen to be on tablets when I declare it is time to read, they drop them immediately and curl up on the couch. It is pretty awesome!

    Charlie and Willy Wonka bring back a lot of nostalgia for me. I watched the movie and read the book (and its sequel) several times as a child. It was one of those stories I could watch/read over and over again without a break between. I didn’t care for the more recent movie they made, but if it encouraged others to go back and read the book and watch the original, then that is a good thing!

    One thing I will say that I don’t remember quite as much from my child years, but I notice when revisiting as an adult – Willy Wonka is kind of a jerk. As I was reading it out loud to the kids I kept thinking, this is funny, but I hope they don’t end up thinking that acting this way is appropriate! Sure, there were lessons to be learned about the bad behavior and habits of the kids in the book, but Wonka is pretty ruthless about pointing out their flaws. I think he would do quite well as a Twitter troll today!

    Up next we will be watching the movie with the kids. However, I do remember a few things from watching it years ago that we may have to fast forward through . . . more for my sake than for theirs!

  8. says:

    I was planning on writing an extremely argumentative review explaining how sadistically vile Willie Wonka is, and how his god-like complex ruined the lives of four flawed children. But that seems insensitive at the moment.

    Instead I shall simply say that Gene Wilder dominated his performance as Willie Wonka. He carried all the outward charm, the charisma and the playfulness, but still managed to portray the suggestions of darkness that permeate this character’s heart. Wonka is far from a good man, though this book remains excellent and an extended allegory for many things.

    Full review to come.


  9. says:

    Somewhere in the cold climate of the northern United States, lived a poor little boy....constant hunger dominates his existence , freezing winds in the winter, flakes of snow falling down on his parent's shamble of a structure, the home they live in, on the outskirts of a large city, with his hard- pressed father and mother , four grandparents in a bed the ancients never leave , their small residence ready to collapse , cannot keep the weather out, Charlie to eat not cabbage soup the only thing they can afford, the endless, bleak atmosphere; his shrinking body gets weaker and life is just one big pain... However a flicker of hope for the child Charlie Bucket, the chocolate factory he passes twice a day going to school and coming back home, owned by the most successful candy maker in the world , marvelous Willy Wonka, is having a contest for children. Five Golden Tickets wrapped in his scrumptious chocolate bars will get them a tour of the fabulous building , secrets inside never revealed to the public and a lifetime supply. Chocolates ... delicious , tasty , mouthwatering flavor, finger licking , the smell alone causes the imagination to flow , a heavenly treat...that will forever be, just stretch your hand and grab another ...Ten cents, where can he get that to buy the candy, but his birthday is soon and the family every year gives him this for a present, they have saved a few coins. Silly idea, all the millions of rich kids on the planet buying and buying tremendous amounts of chocolate bars and he...has no chance to win, once in a blue moon, the saying goes . Still somebody does and miracles happen to the unlikely, sometimes. .. As he is walking home in the low temperatures from school. His stomach empty, his body shivering and the wonderful aroma permeating from Willy Wonka's factory, the dejected boy sees something sticking out of the snow. A dollar bill...he picks it up , goes to the nearest store...and no luck, thinks maybe he will try again...happiness underneath the candy bar...a Golden Ticket. Later Charlie's adventures with his Grandfather Joe, so thrilled he rises from his bed after so many years, and does a dance when his grandson wins... Inside the strange Mr. Wonka's unbelievable , humongous building, mostly hidden underground. The secrets amaze little Charlie, the four others, all spoiled children, too, with their permissive , timid parents...
    Remarkable new candies, "almost ready " for the public, a chocolate river, the splendid boat on it, a glass elevator not going just up and down but sideways also, numerous rooms with closed, locked doors...
    Mysterious noises heard from inside, what's happening ? The greatest discovery though are the Oompa-Loompas, tiny, intelligent people, the diligent workers here, who love to sing delightful songs just made- up, as they toil and stroll, making fun of the weird, stunned visitors. Only technicolor could adequately show the beauty of this gloriously enchanted place...

  10. says:

    Everything in this room is edible. Even I'm edible. But, that would be called canibalism. It is looked down upon in most societies.
    Everyone knows this story. Little Charlie Bucket lives with his parents and both sets of grandparents. They all depend on his father for money and he just lost his job. They're running out of food, fuel and money when (just in time) Charlie find a golden ticket.

    This golden ticket allows him and two guardians into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory for a tour. Charlie and Grandpa Joe set off into the wild unknowns.
    (Aside: anyone else annoyed that bedridden Gpa Joe can walk once there's chocolate involved? I'm calling foul. The muscular atrophy alone...)
    Charlie is joined by four spoiled brats (who are slowly offed along the journey) and their terrible parents (only some of which are offed during the adventure).

    Most macabre-ly, the Oompa-Loompas sing a song at the demist of each child. For example, gum chewer extraordinaire (Violet Beauregarde) tries a test gum (despite Willy Wonka's discouragements) and is subsequently turned into a blueberry.

    Her Oompa-Loompa song include a set of stanzas regarding how one gum-chewing woman starting chewing in her sleep, accidentally chewed her tongue off and lives in an asylum - it gets pretty dark, pretty fast. I really wonder what Dahl had against gum...

    My favorite part was the actual tour and reading about all the crazy thing that Wonka had hidden in his factory. For example, when Charlie and the gang running after Willy Wonka, he is able to read the labels on some of the doors they pass:





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    As with Roald Dahl's other audiobooks, this was a full production. The sound effects just made this book go from a 4.5 to a 5. Seriously!

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