Celebrating 50 years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I have wonderful memories of this book. It was one of the books I read with my classmates, if I remember well, when we were in fifth grade. After reading the book, we had to make a model, representing the Chocolate Factory and a summary of the book. My paternal grandmother made ​​cakes for events and helped me make a beautiful model, full of candy and with the chocolate river. The next day, we all had our models, each one different, filled with candy. It was very exciting and it’s a nice memory that I share with my friends.

“Nobody has seen Willy Wonka – or inside his amazing chocolate factory – for years. When he announces plans to invite the winners of five Golden Tickets hidden inside the wrappers of chocolate bars to visit his factory, the whole world is after those tickets!”

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is perhaps Roald Dahl’s best-known story. The story of Charlie Bucket, the five Golden Tickets, the Oompa-Loompas and the amazing Mr Willy Wonka has become firmly embedded in our culture since it was first published in 1964. Conservative estimates suggest the original book has sold over 20 million copies worldwide; it is now available in 55 languages.

Roald Dahl began working on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1961 shortly after finishing James and the Giant Peach, but its origins can be traced all the way back to Roald’s own childhood. In Boy he tells us how, while at school in England, he and his fellow Repton students were engaged as ‘taste testers’ for a chocolate company – something that seems to have started him thinking about chocolate factories and inventing rooms long before Mr Wonka was on the scene. But when he came to write Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the story went through several drafts – for example, at first Charlie was one of ten children to enter the factory. Roald re-drafted three or four times until the story as we now know it was released in 1964.

Since its release Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which Roald dedicated to his son Theo, has proved to be one of the most enduring children’s books of all time. The story has reached all corners of the world and even unearthed a real-life Willy Wonka, who sent Roald a letter in 1971 – the year the first film adaptation of the book was released.

In 2014 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory celebrates its 50th anniversary. As part of the many events planned to mark this special occasion, author Lucy Mangan will be taking a look at how the story of Charlie has become a story itself in a new book that will take us all inside the Chocolate Factory, published in September 2014.

Here is a review video of a few events celebrations made in his honor:


A special recipe for this 50th anniversary plus an interview with the chef.



Definitely a book your kids need to read!


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