Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Annotation: Marvelous adventures as Charlie Bucket explores the mouth-watering wonders of Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
Catalog Number: #49751
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1964
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Blake, Quentin,
Pages: 155 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-241031-4 Perma-Bound: 0-8479-6137-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-241031-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8479-6137-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2006272098
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Subject Heading:
Behavior. Fiction.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Three enjoyable audiobooks for Dahl fans. Idle's masterful reading and lively portrayals in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, together with whimsical music at the start and end of each tape, enhance the colorful story of Charlie Bucket's fantastic adventures inside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Idle is a natural storyteller, and his British accent suits the text.
Horn Book
Blake's energetic black-and-white illustrations enliven and update Dahl's cautionary rags-to-riches story, where impoverished, unassuming little Charlie Bucket outlasts the selfish other four candidates to win the grand prize: Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. The slapdash effect of the whimsical drawings matches Wonka's hyperactive speech and the generally frenetic narrative.
Publishers Weekly
In a sublime bit of casting, comedic actor Idle delivers an inspired rendition of Dahl's classic novel, available for the first time as an unabridged recording (an abridged Caedmon edition, read by Dahl, was released in the 1970s). Using expert timing and a seemingly strong familiarity with the material, Idle wrings every note of humor from the author's colorful behind-the-scenes look at Willy Wonka's world-famous chocolate factory. During the course of a factory tour (whose participants were determined by a contest), honest, humble Charlie Bucket beats out four bratty, selfish children to become the heir to Wonka's wonderland. Readers new to Dahl, as well as longstanding admirers of the book or even the feature film starring Gene Wilder, will not want to miss Idle's interpretation of Wonka's whirlwind energy and """"high and flutey"""" voice. Ages 6-up. (Nov.)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* No single title is more associated with Dahl than this one nny, then, that the iconic 1971 film version changed it to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Regrettable episode of fat-shaming aside (Augustus Gloop's reviled gluttony is wince-worthy), Dahl's classic-of-classics holds up tremendously well, with hairpin swerves and bizarro details turning each page into a wonder of idiosyncratic absurdity. For you poor saps who don't know the story, it stars hand-to-mouth ragamuffin Charlie Bucket, who beats stratospheric odds by finding one of the five "Golden Tickets" hidden inside Willy Wonka candy bars. The five finders are awarded with a lifetime candy supply and a tour of Wonka's chocolate factory led by the mad genius himself, who hasn't been seen in 10 years. Wonka is a uproarious character sharpened by a subtle, maniacal glee: his monolithic paragraphs of exclamation-pointed dialogue is simply too verbose for comfort. Meanwhile, the winning kids e aforementioned Gloop, the spoiled Veruca Salt, the gum-smacking Violet Beauregarde, the screen-obsessed Mike Teavee e roundly grotesque, and their rotten habits lead them to grotesque ends. (Who doesn't shudder when the Oompa-Loompas cart off the blueberry-inflated Violet to "the Juicing Room"?) Charlie is a dull goody-goody, of course, but he's just the boat in which we ride through this particular fun house, which is every bit as giddily subversive as it was 52 years ago.
Word Count: 30,644
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 20 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.9 / points:8.0 / quiz:Q02043
Lexile: 810L
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

From the author of The BFG and Matilda!

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

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