Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

November 15th, 2016 by

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlSubmitted by Caleit, Age 6 from Georgia

Rating: ★★★★★

Charlie had a poor family and wanted chocolate. He was getting a piece of chocolate for his Grandpa Joe and found a golden ticket. He took his Grandpa Joe with him to the factory and then he owned the chocolate factory.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

January 19th, 2016 by

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlSubmitted by Bowen, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

The Bucket Family is very, very poor. Charlie, Mr. Bucket and Mrs. Bucket’s son, loves chocolate. And no, passing by a store with chocolate in it is nothing. The fact that Charlie lived right across the biggest, most famous, chocolate factory in the world. The Willy Wonka chocolate factory, which no one has been in for years. Finally, one day, Wonka sent out the 5 Golden Tickets in which who ever gets one, is invited to go inside the factory. The first 4 tickets go to spoiled brats. And on the day before the kids can go in, Charlie finds a dollar and buys some chocolate. And guess what was inside the packaging? A Golden Ticket! Read to find out all the avengers him and his grandpa Joe have.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

December 12th, 2014 by

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlSubmitted by Laura, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Have you ever been chosen to be locked in a Chocolate Factory with Mr. Willy Wonka? Well a group of children, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee and Charlie Bucket where all invited to do that because they each found a golden ticket in a Willy Wonka chocolate bar.Than they get a tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.I would really recommend this book.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

November 11th, 2014 by

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlSubmitted by Mishal, Age 10 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★★

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is the best and most popular book ever! It is so interesting. Roald Dahl writes awesome books!. I even watched the movie!

Happy Roald Dahl Month!

September 9th, 2010 by

I’m sure you’re familiar with Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which a strange collection of wacky kids tour the most fantastical candy factory of all time, owned by an eccentric genius. And I’m sure that as you read it, you thought to yourself, “Gee, this story is so boring. It really needs just one more weird misbehaving child to liven things up.”

No? Well, apparently, Roald Dahl didn’t think so either, because he actually left out some potential ticket winners from the final version of the book. Luckily for us, The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets comes out this month — it’s a new book containing a deleted chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, plus some other behind-the-scenes tidbits about Roald Dahl’s life.

The deleted chapter stars Miranda, who Dahl described as “a horrid little girl who was disgustingly rude to her parents and also thoroughly disobedient.” That’s all I know because I haven’t read the book yet. But I definitely plan to! Especially because this month kicks off a Roald Dahl Reading Dahlathon:

September is Roald Dahl Month (his birthday was September 13th), and to celebrate, the folks over at the official Roald Dahl website are running a challenge for book-lovers. Read three of Dahl’s books by the end of December, and you could win a free book or even a Dahlathon medal! Unfortunately, I’m a bit too old to participate (I mean, I’m totally interested, but apparently I’m an adult or something). But you should definitely check it out!

And leave me a comment if you plan to participate. I wanna hear which three books you’re going to read!

— Karen

Karen was a mostly well-behaved kid. Although according to her mother, once the two of them had a stand-off over a crumpled piece of tissue that Karen threw on the floor and refused to pick up. Guess who won in the end. (Mom.)

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Book Trailer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

February 23rd, 2010 by

This book trailer for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Food theme. For more on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, check out our “Get In My Belly” podcast.

Are you constantly craving dessert? Do you have a sweet tooth? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of… SUGAR? Then chances are, you’ve already devoured Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. But you’ve never seen it like this — re-imagined as a television infomercial!

Me Want Sugar!

September 23rd, 2009 by

Last week, I posted news about the Harry Potter theme park opening in Florida this spring. (Merlin’s beard, it’s going to be awesome!) Well, a few days ago, I heard about another amazing upcoming attraction: a CHOCOLATE theme park, set to open in China next year.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

All the reports I’ve read compare the forthcoming park to Willy Wonka’s factory (from Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, of course). So I was disappointed to learn that the theme park won’t actually be a replica of the factory. Don’t get me wrong — the Great Wall of Chocolate that they have planned sounds pretty cool. But if I could tour an imitation of Willy Wonka’s factory, I’m pretty sure I would go ape-poop CRAZY!

In case you doubt me, you should know that I ate chocolate for breakfast two days ago and brownie for dinner last night. So I’m no lightweight. But actually, out of all the treats described in Dahl’s book, the one I most wish I could try is the fizzy lifting drink. I mean, c’mon — it’s delicious and it makes you fly!

What about you guys? If you had a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory, which wondrous room would YOU make a beeline for?

And in case you don’t remember them all, here’s a refresher of the sweets described in the book:

  • Candy-Coated Pencils for Sucking
  • Cavity-Filling Caramels: “No more dentists!”
  • Cokernut-Ice Skating Rinks
  • Cows that give chocolate milk
  • Eatable Marshmallow Pillows
  • Exploding Candy for your Enemies
  • Fizzy Lemonade Swimming Pools
  • Hot Ice Creams for Cold Days
  • Invisible Chocolate Bars for Eating in Class
  • Lickable Wallpaper for Nurseries
  • Luminous Lollies for in Bed at Night
  • Magic Hand-Fudge: “When you hold it in your hand, you taste it in your mouth!”
  • Mint Jujubes for the Boy Next Door: “They’ll give him green teeth for a month!”
  • Rainbow Drops: “Suck them and you can spit in six different colors!”
  • Stickjaw for Talkative Parents
  • Strawberry-Juice Water Pistols
  • Square Candies that Look Round
  • The Rock-Candy Mine: “10,000 feet deep!”
  • Toffee-Apple Trees for Planting out in your Garden
  • Wriggle-Sweets that wriggle delightfully in your tummy after swallowing

(Btw, this list was taken from Wikipedia — what, you think I have time to put together a list like this? Puh-leeze, I have better things to do, like stuffing my face…)

— Karen

Today is Roald Dahl Day!

September 13th, 2009 by

The BFG character is actually based on Roald Dahl himself... Can you see the resemblence?

The BFG character is based on Roald Dahl himself... See a resemblance?

Today is the birth date of one of my favorite authors, Roald Dahl. He was born September 13, 1916 and lived a long 74 years, during which he wrote many wonderful stories for kids and adults.

In last week’s podcast, Karen and I talk the how we’re going to celebrate Roald Dahl Month in “code.” Based on what we’ll be doing, can you guess which Roald Dahl books we’re celebrating?

Nancy: Eat a peach and take a nap!
Karen: Wear purple contact lenses and eat a whole bunch of candy!

Alright, tired of guessing? Highlight here:
[Nancy: James and the Giant Peach and The BFG]
[Karen: The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory]

Let us know in the comments what your “code” celebration is. We’ll try to figure out your Roald Dahl book!