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  Some reviews of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  'One of the most popular children's books of all times'

  - Sunday Times

  'Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake have made an important and lasting contribution to children's literature' - Guardian

  'A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl's best-known and most-read creation and deservedly so... Brilliant'

  - Lovereading4Kids

  Winner of the Millennium Children's Book Award (UK, 2000) and nominated as one of the nation's favourite books in the BBC's Big Read campaign, 2003

  Books by Roald Dahl

  The BFG

  Boy: Tales of Childhood Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Danny the Champion of the World George's Marvellous Medicine Going Solo

  James and the Giant Peach The Witches


  For younger readers

  The Enormous Crocodile Esio Trot

  Fantastic Mr Fox

  The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me The Magic Finger

  The Twits

  Picture books

  Dirty Beasts (with Quentin Blake) The Enormous Crocodile (with Quentin Blake) The Minpins (with Patrick Benson) Revolting Rhymes (with Quentin Blake) Teenage fiction

  The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories Rhyme Stew

  Skin and Other Stories The Vicar of Nibbleswicke The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More


  Roald Dahl was born in 1916 in Wales of Norwegian parents. He was educated in England and went on to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. He began writing after a 'monumental bash on the head' sustained as an RAF fighter pilot during the Second World War. Roald Dahl is one of the most successful and well known of all children's writers. His books, which are read by children the world over, include The BFG and The Witches, winner of the 1983 Whitbread Award. Roald Dahl died in 1990 at the age of seventy-four.

  Quentin Blake is one of Britain's most successful illustrators. His first drawings were published in Punch magazine when he was sixteen and still at school. Quentin Blake has illustrated over three hundred books and he was Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator. He has won many awards and prizes, including the Whitbread Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal. In 1999 he was chosen to be the first ever Children's Laureate and in 2005 he was awarded a CBE for services to children's literature.


  Illustrated by

  Quentin Blake



  Published by the Penguin Group

  Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, USA Penguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4P 2Y3 (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.) Penguin Ireland, 25 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd) Penguin Group (Australia), 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia (a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd) Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi - 110 017, India Penguin Group (NZ), 67 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, North Shore 0632, New Zealand (a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd) Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England

  First published in the USA 1964

  Published in Great Britain by George Allen & Unwin 1967

  Published in Puffin Books 1973

  Reissued with new illustrations 1995

  Published in Puffin Modern Classics 1997, 2004

  This edition reissued 2010

  Text copyright (c) Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, 1964

  Illustrations copyright (c) Quentin Blake, 1995

  Introduction copyright (c) Julia Eccleshare, 2004

  All rights reserved

  The moral right of the author and illustrator has been asserted Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library ISBN: 978-0-141-96061-6


  1 Here Comes Charlie

  2 Mr Willy Wonka's Factory

  3 Mr Wonka and the Indian Prince

  4 The Secret Workers

  5 The Golden Tickets

  6 The First Two Finders

  7 Charlie's Birthday

  8 Two More Golden Tickets Found

  9 Grandpa Joe Takes a Gamble

  10 The Family Begins to Starve

  11 The Miracle

  12 What It Said on the Golden Ticket

  13 The Big Day Arrives

  14 Mr Willy Wonka

  15 The Chocolate Room

  16 The Oompa-Loompas

  17 Augustus Gloop Goes up the Pipe

  18 Down the Chocolate River

  19 The Inventing Room - Everlasting Gobstoppers and Hair Toffee

  20 The Great Gum Machine

  21 Good-bye Violet

  22 Along the Corridor

  23 Square Sweets That Look Round

  24 Veruca in the Nut Room

  25 The Great Glass Lift

  26 The Television-Chocolate Room

  27 Mike Teavee is Sent by Television

  28 Only Charlie Left

  29 The Other Children Go Home

  30 Charlie's Chocolate Factory

  There are five children in this book:


  A greedy boy


  A girl who is spoiled by her parents


  A girl who chews gum all day long


  A boy who does nothing but watch television and


  The hero

  1 Here Comes Charlie

  These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr Bucket. Their names are Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine.

  And these two very old people are the father and mother of Mrs Bucket. Their names are Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina.

  This is Mr Bucket. This is Mrs Bucket.

  Mr and Mrs Bucket have a small boy whose name is Charlie Bucket.

  This is Charlie.

  How d'you do? And how d'you do? And how d'you do again? He is pleased to meet you.

  The whole of this family - the six grown-ups (count them) and little Charlie Bucket - live together in a small wooden house on the edge of a great town.

  The house wasn't nearly large enough for so many people, and life was extremely uncomfortable for them all. There were only two rooms in the place altogether, and there was only one bed. The bed was given to the four old grandparents because they were so old and tired. They were so tired, they never got out of it.

  Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine on this side, Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina on this side.

  Mr and Mrs Bucket and little Charlie Bucket slept in the other room, upon mattresses on the floor.

  In the summertime, this wasn't too bad, but in the winter, freezing cold draughts blew across the floor all night long, and it was awful.

  There wasn't any question of them being able to buy a better house - or even one more bed to sleep in. They were far too poor for that.

  Mr Bucket was the only person in the family with a job. He worked in a too