Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a children’s novel by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. Charlie and four other children win golden tickets hidden inside five Wonka bars, which allow them entry into the factory for a tour (and a lifetime supply of chocolate).
Dahl had also planned to write a third book in the series but never finished it. The story was originally inspired by Roald Dahl’s experience of chocolate companies during his schooldays. Cadbury would often send test packages to the schoolchildren in exchange for their opinions on the new products. At that time (around 1928), Cadbury and Rowntree’s were England’s two largest chocolate makers and they each often tried to steal trade secrets by sending spies, posing as employees, into the other’s factory. Because of this, both companies became highly protective of their chocolate-making processes. It was a combination of this secrecy and the elaborate, often gigantic, machines in the factory that inspired Dahl to write the story.
Dahl had also planned to write a third book in the series but never finished it.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a children’s novel written by the English author Roald Dahl. It was published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1964 and in the United Kingdom by George Allen & Unwin (now part of the Penguin Group) in 1967. The charlie and the chocolate factory full book is the fourth (or second if one counts his short stories) written by Roald Dahl and is commonly known as a sequel to his earlier book Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, where it more properly should be referred to as a companion volume. It contains dramas, adventures, and mysteries that are both dark and comic including “an old toothless man who squawks like a baby”, a chocolate river flowing with melted chocolate, outrageously boisterous Oompa-Loompas, an ill-tempered squirrel, sinister candies bearing fatal designs, and Augustus Gloop, who gets sucked up into a pipe leading to “the factory over”.
A classic story of the young boy who wins a tour of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory and the children who get to taste all the treats that no one dares to eat.
About the book charlie and the chocolate factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, children’s book by Roald Dahl, first published in 1964. It was perhaps the most popular of his irreverent, darkly comic novels written for young people and tells the story of a destitute young boy who wins a golden ticket to tour the mysterious and magical chocolate factory of Willy Wonka.
Charlie Bucket lives on the outskirts of town with his poverty-stricken family: his parents and all four grandparents. Each day on his way to school, Charlie passes the best and biggest chocolate factory in the world, run by the secretive Willy Wonka. When Charlie’s father loses his job, things go from bad to worse. Grandpa Joe tells Charlie that in the past, competitors stole Wonka’s candy-making secrets, and the factory shut down. Later, the factory resumed production, but no one was ever seen entering or leaving. One day, Wonka announces that he has hidden golden tickets in five Wonka chocolate bars, with the prize of a tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of Wonka products for each child who finds a ticket. Wonka-mania encircles the globe, and one by one four of the tickets are found. Charlie finds money sticking out of a snowbank and buys himself two Wonka chocolate bars; the second contains the last golden ticket.BRITANNICA QUIZThe Literary World (Famous Novels)How much do you really know about the stories and the authors of the classics you love, from Jane Eyre to Brave New World?
The five children are greeted outside the factory by the eccentric visionary Willy Wonka. The inside of the chocolate factory is magical, and the workers are revealed to be the tiny cacao-loving Oompa-Loompas, rescued from Loompaland by Wonka. As the tour progresses, four of the children, too self-centred to follow the rules, suffer bizarre—and often painful—consequences. In the Chocolate Room, the gluttonous Augustus Gloop falls into the river of chocolate and is sucked into a glass pipe carrying the liquid chocolate to be made into fudge. The gum-obsessed Violet Beauregarde steals a piece of experimental chewing gum, which turns her into a blueberry. The extremely spoiled Veruca Salt tries to seize a trained squirrel to have for herself, but the squirrels identify her as a bad nut and toss her down a garbage chute. Mike Teavee inserts himself into an experiment on sending candy bars through television and is shrunk to pocket size. The Oompa-Loompas regularly break into moralizing songs to comment on the children’s misbehaviour. At last, Wonka tells Charlie that, because of his respectful behaviour, he is being given the chocolate factory.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in the United States and became an immediate best seller. The streak of cheerful gruesomeness that endeared it to children kept it from being published in Britain until 1967, however. Mel Stuart’s musical film adaptation Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), starring Gene Wilder in the title role, was only moderately successful when it opened but became a classic when it moved to television. Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), with Freddie Highmore as Charlie and Johnny Depp as Wonka, was more faithful to the book but received mixed reviews. Dahl wrote a sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972).