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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket #1)

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Four nasty, repulsive children and one honest, loyal, and starving boy win a tour of the world's most fantastic chocolate factory from the world's most eccentric chocolatier.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Puffin (first published 1964)
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Patrick
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 si
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Grace Tjan
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 com
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Jason Koivu
Sep 07, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, food, humor, fantasy
I was ten years old and already the magic was gone from the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, leprechauns, Santa Claus and his buddy the Krampus. All was stripped of its power to enthrall. Heck, even sex had been demystified years prior.

Then along came Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It gloried in candy, my number one passion of the day. But not only that, eating candy was the means to getting even MORE candy!

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Ah, the golden ticket. How, oh, how I longed for it to be a real thing! I would've tr
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Jan-Maat
Slightly odd story of virtuous poverty rewarded by 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 sta
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
If you ever want to cheer yourself up, go back and read a book you loved and read over and over as a child. For me, this is one book that will always be better than any movie they make from it. Nothing Hollywood does with special effects will ever be as magical as what Roald Dahl did with just plain old words.

It has been MANY long years since I last looked at this book, but it all came back to me as soon as I turned to the first page and saw the illustrations. I was immediately carried away by
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Manny
Since the Swiss make the best chocolate figures in the world, I thought I would pick up a few to take with me to England. I was originally only intending to buy a couple of chocolate rabbits, engagingly goofy-looking with big buck teeth and natty bow-ties, but the selection was so enticing that I eventually walked out with four rabbits, a chicken with a marzipan waistcoat and a chocolate chalet. I explained to the nice assistant that they would be accompanying me to London later that day, and sh ...more
midnightfaerie
Jul 21, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, classics
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is an obvious classic in my book. Besides the fact its been around for awhile already, it definitely has that magic factor that pulls you in. Anyone with even a remnant left of their kid's heart in them, will love this book. I believe this story, not the book, but at least the story has a huge following, due in part to the movie starring Gene Wilder. I love Johnny Depp, but he lacks the whimsical weirdness of the previous Wonka and is just weird. H ...more
Vitor Martins
Demorei bastante pra pegar esse livro pra ler achando que, por já ter visto os filmes e o musical muitas vezes, eu não encontraria nada de novo nessa história.
Mas como eu estava enganado!

Nenhuma adaptação, por mais fiel que ela seja, poderia substituir a escrita gostosa e brilhante do Roald Dahl. Mesmo sabendo tudo que ia acontecer na história, cada capítulo era uma surpresa muito gostosa.

O livro me deu uma visão muito diferente a respeito do Charlie e do Willy Wonka. Descobri um Charlie muito
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Lyn
Aug 16, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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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 fea
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Ariel
Feb 04, 2014 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS WAS GREAT! I've never read any Roald Dahl before, but of course I've heard of the legend and so when I was assigned to read this for my Children's Lit class I was super pumped. And best of all, I enjoyed it! There's always the fear that books won't live up to the hype, but I think this did.

I loved Charlie and his Grandpa as the main protagonists: they were humble, and sweet, and smart. I loved Willy Wonka: he was energetic and excited and brilliant and sarcastic as all hell. And I loved how
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Heba Nouraldeen
يكفي إن الابتسامة لم تفارقني طوال قراءتها :)
وعليك ألا تشعر بالخيبة ..فلا تدري ما الذي يُخبئه لك القدر :)
Becky
This book was quite disturbing. I mean Augustus Gloop, who apparently had a nasty cold, completely contaminated the entire chocolate river, and then Wonka scoops out cup-fulls for Charlie and Grandpa Joe to drink, and they do. Nasty! You just know that Augustus peed himself from fear when he fell in, too!

I really enjoyed this, with the exception of the insanely long Oompa-Loompa songs. I just don't like reading verse, no matter how clever it is, so I skimmed these sections. Sometimes pages of t
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tigerofbooks
Nov 11, 2015 tigerofbooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE REVIEW

Such a great classic! but like seriously, how can a child not love a story like this one, where there's not only a huge chocolate factory buy delicious sweets everywhere? It leaves you speechless in my opinion. I feel that even though I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a long, long, long time ago when I was little, the delicious experience and memories about my first time doing so are still present. I think that the situation that we see trough the pages of this awesome book is q
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Emily
Apr 01, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't decide what to rate this!!! It seems odd rating it, because even though I didn't read it as a child I still know the story so well since the movies (well, the first one) is adapted so nicely. It's a great story. Really dark, actually, darker when you read it, but it still feels weird rating a story I already know so well. It didn't feel new, just nice and comforting because it was familiar.

I had this as 3 stars when I was writing but now I'm changing to 4, I don't know why, they aren't
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Arthur Graham
Apr 10, 2016 Arthur Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PSYCHOTIC CONFECTIONER MURDERS CHILDREN MAKES THEM TASTE HIS SCHNOZBERRY
Ali
Jan 22, 2016 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-16
This one has to be one of my favorite stories. Such a fun, quick and easy read. Roald Dahl's writing style is super entertaining. Can't wait to read more by him.
Nicay (thenerdysideofaqueen)
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I am a grown up woman yet I prefer reading middle grade books. Why I am reading this kind of genre? Am I crazy? Am I not in the mood to read deeper books? My answer was NO. Simply because, reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory doesn’t give not only light read but it gives lessons that sometimes adult like us seems to forget.

It was really fascinating and somehow hilarious that this kind of children books were the one gave me realizations that I admittedly forget of how important great values
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Eslam Ahmed
Feb 14, 2016 Eslam Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eslam by: Heba Nouraldeen
جميلة جداً :))
نفسي ف الشوكولاتة :D
Trish
Jan 03, 2016 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all of Roald Dahl's stories so far, I've seen the movie before I've read the book.

After catching up on the stories I already knew (Matilda and The Witches) it was now time to also read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory of course.

And what a delight! Roald Dahl really is a masterful storyteller! He makes one dive deep into the story and experience everything as if the reader was actually there.

This is the almost heartbreaking story of a boy growing up in a poor family, who therefore is ver
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Meem
Jun 09, 2012 Meem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Queer but quirky.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was perfect for me when I was little. But when I read it again a few years later, from an eerie blend of wistfulness and caffeine...I became aware of a few things that the child me hadn't really deigned to perceive.

1. Food fetish Alert. (It's becoming a cliche for this genre. Like eyes in chick lit.)

2. What's with the sexism? Has anyone else noticed how Dahl always make the fathers have a certain dry, witty sense of humor that is clearly lackin
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Jonathan

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of those books in the English dominated world that you've either read it as a child or you saw a film version. Re-reading it for my university course I was struck by how, despite the simplistic prose I could still see and capture the spirit of what Roald Dahl created. As a result I think I could add this to a list of the modern fairy tales for the 20th Century and beyond. Think about it: it's a rags-to-riches story aimed at children where an impoverished
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Cary
Jul 28, 2011 Cary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Finally, Im done reading this book. Ive been wanting to read this ever since I learned that the movie of the same title was based on this book. ANother reason why I want to read this is because it is also included in the BBC big list along with another Children's Classic, Charlotte's Web which was also adapted into a movie.

The story is about the adventure of Charlie Bucket and four other children who won the Golden Ticket and was given the privilege to spend a day inside the largest chocolate fa
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Carmine
Mar 16, 2016 Carmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Come non dare 5 stelle ad un capolavoro della narrativa per ragazzi?
Dahl esalta i valori di altruismo e generosità, condannando i vizi dei figli, spesso corroborati dal permissivismo di genitori sempre più assenti nell'ambito familiare.
L'idea della fabbrica è un pretesto, incredibilmente suggestivo, sulla quale l'autore costruisce la semplice ed importante morale di fondo.
Saoirse Sterling
[First read: ? <2010. 3 stars.
Second read: 2nd April, 2016. 3 stars.]

Read as part of the #InfiniteVariety2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

This is Roald Dahl's most famous book for one reason: it is his best. I haven't, strictly speaking, read all of his works as of yet (working on it man) but I have gleamed enough from his short and long stuff to really get to grips with the differences. This has that wonderful whimsical quality of his, blended with unique characters a
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Frederick
Aug 29, 2007 Frederick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People of all ages, but only if they see a virtue in laughter.
Shelves: roald
My second-grade teacher read this aloud to the class five years after this novel was published. She held up the book to show us the great line drawings as she read. I'm not sure if current editions have those particular line drawings, but there was lots of cross-hatching in the drawings. [These drawings were by Joseph Schindelman, and most current editions do NOT feature these. They've replaced them with drawings by another artist -- Fred's note, 8/29/07.] Tim Burton's movie reflected the drawin ...more
Fiona
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a funny and interesting book about world of candies, chocolates and the impossible sweet things that could come your way. Some books are boring and go on forever, but in this book, none of these things will ever cross your mind. Roald Dahl mixes crazy, funny, and sad into one Realistic Fiction story, with a tad bit of Fantasy. I wish more books could be like the ones that Roald Dahl writes, like this one, because they are simply beyond wonderful and fascina ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 30, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Jillian Joy; 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: 501, childrens
Well-told story for children. This is the first book my daughter read from cover to cover when she was 8 years old. She said that this is good so I made this as my first book for December 2009.

Coming from my recent US trip mid of this month, I brought home some chocolates that we are slowly consuming up to now. I had a number of Reese's and Snicker's while reading this book today and when I got to the page where the Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is being deliciously described, I thought I coul
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Joca
Aug 18, 2015 Joca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ebooks
Gostei deste livro muito mais do que esperava! Fiquei agarrada logo na primeira página não só pela forma como a história nos é contada, mas pelas personagens, que achei fantásticas! Os avós do Charlie então derreteram-me o coração! E o Sr. Willy Wonka com os seus Oompa Loompas são demais mesmo!

Foi uma leitura mágica, doce, divertida e que trouxe também uma lição bem importante.
Por tudo isto, aconselho este livro não só a crianças, mas a toda a gente :D
Kevin Cambronero
Jan 17, 2016 Kevin Cambronero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro, piensas, es una cajita milagrosa: puedes meterlo en el bolsillo de tu abrigo y en él caben, sin embargo, muchas más cosas de las que existen en el mundo. En un libro cabe un dragón, por ejemplo, o un duende con pantuflas y nariz en forma de anzuelo o un gigante de cinco metros de altura que calza zapatos del número veintinueve.

La única razón por la que lo leí fue porque quería algo cortito luego de haber leído un libro con su buena cantidad de páginas. No esperaba nada, pero fue una so
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Maria
Nov 28, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Kwesi 章英狮
I recommend Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

*****

Yay, that was fun! I didn't expect to like this book, but it was entertaining, really. I love Grandpa Joe and that's a fact. =)

Charlie's family is poor. They are usually cold and hungry. Imagine his delight when he got a golden ticket to enter Willy Wonka's chocolate factory! *me looking for something chocolatey to munch on while reviewing*

I haven't finished the movie adaptation starring Johnny Depp. Was it the same with the book? I read Charlie
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a
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