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The Complete Adventures Of Charlie And Mr Willy Wonka

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  5,748 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
Two sensational stories in one!

The incredible adventures of Charlie Bucket, first in Mr Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, and later in the Great Glass Elevator, are famous throughout the world.

Roald Dahl's best-loved books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, are now available together in this sumptuous bumper edition.

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Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published 1990 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1987)
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Jade Lopert
I think one of my favorite parts of motherhood is revisiting favorite books and sharing them with my kids. This is definitely one of those cases. We're reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for a bed time story for two reasons. One, I find it incredibly sad when my children think of the movie before the book in cases like this. Two, it's the best door into the universe of whimsy and fun that is Ronald Dahl.
Jan 31, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book to read with your kids! We only did the first half (Chocolate Factory) not the Great Glass Elevator. We will read the rest at a later date. My kids loved it, they range in age from 11-4. They loved the ending
Mar 17, 2017 Isabelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very fun and silly series. I really enjoyed it.
Judul: The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka
Penulis: Roald Dahl
Penerbit: Puffin Books
Halaman: 384 halaman
Terbitan: 2001

Introducing the amazing Willy Wonka, chocolate-maker extraordinary! Now in one volume are the complete works of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, two Willy Wonka classics from beloved author Roald Dahl.

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka's famous, mysterious chocolate factory is opening its doors at last. B
Jan 07, 2017 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*The version I read doesn't include "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" part

The book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" used to be one of my favorite stories that I had read when I was about the age of 8. This Winter break, I decided to read this fabulous book. The purpose was to feel the difference of reading this book on 8 and 16. The main character; Charlie Bucket
is a boy from poor family who really wants to explore Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. One day he gets the chance to explore
Just read this book which includes both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, (5 stars) and it's less popular sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (3.5 stars) out loud to the kids.

Both stories are classic Dahl, though Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is undoubtedly the stronger of the two.

I think writing to kids is much harder than most people realize and Dahl is a master. His sense of humor as well as his ability to exaggerate his characters attributes to the point of being almost ridicul
Feb 14, 2016 Georgene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and their parents
This book contains 2 novellas about Charlie's adventures with Mr. Wonka. The first one, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", is probably familiar by book or film to most readers. The second one, "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator", was unfamiliar to me and to perhaps many other readers.

The first book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", is a great story. The movie version I saw of it, with Gene Wilder as Mr. Wonka, has stayed with me for many years. The book and that film version are more or
Thomas Cicatiello
Imagine going to a chocolate factory all day long with a very "interesting" owner that has one or two tricks up his sleeve. Of course I am talking about "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". One of the best books in the world. This book is about a young poor boy named Charlie, duuuuuuuuuuuh, and his journey through Willy Wonkas Choclate Factory with a bunch of really spoiled kids that end up disappearing one by one. Follow Charlie through this tasty journey full of magic, singing Oompa Loompas, a ...more
Sweet Sacrifice Forbidden Moonlight
I heard this story from my friend many years ago[ movie ] . But I never have it. Cause I very busy,but when I came to USA. The kid in my host family show the movie for me. I like very much.It's colorfull, some time we had a dream look like this story. And I want to learn English from this story. My host family borrow from library for me.It's like turn to a child agian.Have a wonderful world in a while time.Can got something from this story for still a life. And happy when know some word and can ...more
Scott Sheaffer
Two well known stories by Dahl. I've seen the movie and thought that perhaps the books might be a bit darker and more adult. That would have been cool, but they weren't. They're okay children’s stories, the writing is mediocre and the stories are fun in a chocolate cake with frosting kinda way, mouthwatering to look at, good while you're eating it but in the end not memorable.
Nov 27, 2008 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: School Requirement
This is one of the only times I'll say this but the movie was better than the book. This was one of Rhod Dhal's first books. I think the director of Charlie and the Chocolate factory was better than the book. I wouldn't read it.
Nov 14, 2016 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to my two girls (7/5 yrs old) and we all loved it. Ronald Dahl had an extraordinary imagination--seriously love him!
Paul Mckinley
Mar 20, 2017 Paul Mckinley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first story mainly to discover how the book varies from the movies. It turns out it doesn't all that much. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka put a certain sarcastic spin on some of his lines, and the storyline with Slugworth trying to steal the Everlasting Gobstopper formula and Charlie and Grandpa Joe drinking the Fizzy Lifting Serum were movie additions, but those were both based items from the book.

In the end, all Charlie had to do to become the winner was to not touch things, which seems
Nov 15, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: child-fiction
I never read this as a kid. Adrian was totally enthralled and voiced lots of opinions about the spoiled kids and their overconsumption. It was fun to read and I guess that I appreciated the not-so-subtle commentary about colonial oppression (oompa loompas) and capitalism. But is it normalized if you don't actually discuss that it's exaggerated commentary? Trying not to despair over everything, so we're reading Gwinna next...
Zulekha Saqib
May 07, 2017 Zulekha Saqib rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ' .. throughout the book there are lessons to be learned from the downfall of each child and the songs that the Oompa Loompas sing contain some very important morals.. and Oh, by the way, I would strongly recommend eating chocolate while reading it..

I personally didn't like 'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator' all that much..
May 09, 2017 Lakna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a fun silly easy read. Having said that it took me 3 months to finish the book because I felt like such a drag after some point. Well I may have felt that way probably because I'm too old for the book? But I generally enjoy reading children's books but this was a let down for me. I guess had so much higher expectations for a better story.
Tamsin Bramwell
I think as a former English Alevel student I just don't get Roald Dahl?!? I've been reading this with my 6-year old, I read Charlie & the Chocolate Factory as a I child but never the great glass elevator. It is odd & truly unbelievable!
Ben Crisp
May 08, 2014 Ben Crisp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A masterpiece. Forget how good it really was until you read it again. So far ahead of its time, this one song is so prophetic and perfect.

“The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set –
Or better still, just don’t install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we’ve been,
We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone’s plac
Mar 02, 2017 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie and the chocolate factory was a very great book with Oompaloopa Songs
Faith Joy
Nov 28, 2016 Faith Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" is the sequel to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". It begins with Willy Wonka and Charlie in a giant glass elevator, going up into the sky. Wonka had just offered his factory to Charlie. They are on their way to Charlie's house to give Charlie's parents and grandparents the good news, once Charlie's family is all together in the elevator Wonka explains that they have to gain enough momentum to crash through the roof of the factory. Grandma Josephine has ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have seen the Gene Wilder 1971 version of this film many times, but had never read the book. There are some significant differences between the book and the film, one being the ending of the film and two being the Oompah-Loompahs and their songs. This book is special among Dahl's work, I think, because the characters are absolute genius and Wonka and his chocolate factory are endlessly inventive.

This book differs from Dahl's other work in that Charlie is not really the hero of the story, whic
Michael Schwalbenberg
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a classical children's novel that, to my surprise, has been affected by censorship. The reason being is that the first copy of the story portrayed the Oompa Loompas as African Pygmies. Many people and the NAACP complained that the portrayal of the Oompa Loompas was racist, since it looked like Willie Wonka was exploiting the black Oompa Loompas as slaves. Roland Dahl sympathized with them and quickly changed the Oompa Loompas appearance. I believe Dahl did th ...more
Jonathan Briggs
Apr 15, 2012 Jonathan Briggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You won't hear me getting overly negative about the Harry Potter books. If they get people excited about books and reading and they're competently written, I'm fine with them. Let the kids read the Harry Potter. But to me, it's pretty weak tea compared with the books I loved when I was young. Take Roald Dahl, for instance. Dahl could write the red off of Rowling. Most people probably know the story of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" from the loved and lovely Gene Wilder movie or, God help yo ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has anyone managed to make it through life without coming across Roald Dahl in some way or form, be it movie, quote, or book? He is one of the greatest story tellers of our time and shall continue to be known so for many years to come. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory holds a particularly special place in my memories for many a reason. When I was six years old, I read it to my best friend to soothe her when she lost her father. When I was 20, a young student of mine who lived in squalid conditi ...more
May 09, 2016 Jayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My books is called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is By Ronald Dahl. This book is a heartwarming, funny, family type, sad kind of book. Charlie does not have a very good home and then gets this big opportunity to meet a very famous man.
In this book the Author talks about how run down Charlie's house is and how small it is. He also talks about how caring Charlie and how big of a heart he has. The Author talks about how many classes of people there are. There is the rich, the middle , and
May 30, 2015 Catherine marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (finished May 31, 2015)

There are so many things to love about this book from Mr Wonka's hyper-excited rushing about in a purple velvet jacket, to the ridiculous children who can't seem to keep themselves together for very long; from the oblivious parents who can't control their offspring to the tantalizing names and labels for unseen rooms throughout the factory; from Dahl's puns and hilarious use of homonyms to the Oompa-Loompas' clear disregard for basically e
Apr 07, 2013 Mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Book contains two stories:
- Charlie and the Chocolate factory: 5 stars
- Charlie and the great glass elevator: 3.5 stars

I wanted to read this book because I absolutely love the Tim Burton movie "Charlie and the Chocolate factory" with Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka =D

The Movie is very accurate to the Book besides two things:
(view spoiler)
Dec 20, 2007 Cami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents and kids together
I chose the boxed set to link my review to because my son and I just finished reading these one after another. Considering these two books cover just one day (well except for the part leading up to when he discovers the 5th golden ticket) in Charlie's previously sad and uneventful life, this is how it should be read.
Anyway, there is so much fun language and entertaining dialogue in these books that I think they're a definite must-read-out-loud choice.
My son (5 years old) was enthralled!
Charlie i
Jeremiah Demster
Nov 19, 2015 Jeremiah Demster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parker
I was reading this to my son as his first book, and reading something out loud gives it a different dimension for someone I think. I've read C&tCF a couple times before and have always been a big fan. The story is well crafted and is Dahl at the height of his mastery over whimsy and morality while continuing to hold together as a coherent tale. TGGE sadly does not have the same characteristics. Especially reading this one out loud (I'd read this one only once before) you realize what a tangl ...more
Hope Vaughn
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was my favorite movie as a young child. I watched that movie so many times I wore out the Betamax and the VHS copies. When I was in the second grade and finally able to handle chapter books, I checked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory out from my school’s library. I enjoyed the book, but I remember feeling that there was something not quite right about it. Willy Wonka was evil, not just playfully so like in the movie. The story that developed in my mind as I ...more
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