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A reader's guide to Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Updated Monday, 1st August 2005

Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel Charle And The Chocolate Factory is a perennial favourite, and has been the subject of two major film adaptations.

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The inspiration for the story came from the Cadbury factory at Bournville. In the 1930s the company used to test new products on students at certain public schools. Dahl, a pupil at Repton, near Derby, was one of the lucky guinea pigs. He imagined that the factory looked like a laboratory, and fantasized about inventing delicious recipes.

In Dahl’s book, Willy Wonka, the reclusive owner of a chocolate factory, decides to hold a competition. Special Golden Tickets are hidden in five of his Wonka bars, and those who find them will have a private tour of the premises. For Charlie Bucket and the other winners, life will never be quite the same again.

Wonka bar (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) Creative commons image Icon mikelowe under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license

The author’s name is sure to be mentioned a good deal over the next few weeks. The latest film version of his book is due for release on July 29th, and stars Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.

We’d love to receive some messages from Dahl fans, and particularly from youngsters. Do encourage them to post their thoughts about this book, and others written by him, and verdicts on the film will also be appreciated!





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