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The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-14 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 21 user ratings
ISBN:0142417424
LANGUAGE:English

"It's the story about how Roald Dahl's creativity works.....it shares some of the ideas of the first drafts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Originally there were 10 kids, then 7, and some of the names were different too. They share the pictures and even one chapter that was not included in the final version. As well, there are recipes for several of Willie Wonka's chocolates, a history of chocolate, some reflections by Dahl on each month of the calendar, and tips on becoming a writer. Since it is a book for kids, it is not linear, but I found it interesting and fun. I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory about 4 years ago, and enjoyed it, so this was a nice discovery of a book. " said.

"As a huge Roald Dahl fan, I've been looking forward to reading this! But overall, the book is a bit of a disappointment. It feels like they padded it out with not terribly interesting extras just so they could publish the missing chapter that was originally cut from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Also, some of the information can be found elsewhere. There were a few nice bits, but not really enough for a full book. I would only suggest this for huge Roald Dahl fans who want to read everything he's ever written.

I did really like this quote from Roald Dahl (which apparently I had already read somewhere else because it's already in my quotes here on GR):
"I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage."
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"Cool!! Wonderful, interesting facts; insights about Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake; notes from Roald Dahl's journals; and advice. Below are some of my favorites from the book.

“It takes a year's crop of cocoa beans from one tree to make just one tin of cocoa." (pg 16)

Wow! I am surprised cocoa does not cost even more than it does.

“Roald Dahl kept two idea books for about 40 years. …. He thought that good ideas were like dreams – soon forgotten – and made sure he wrote them down straight away. He then ticked the really good ideas and crossed out the ones he had used. Some ideas were developed years and years after they were jotten down.” (pg 36)

Roald did not do well in the boarding school his parents sent him too. He repeatedly got bad marks and reports from his teachers, even in English Composition. Yet, he became a famous writer. (pg 41-43)

Neat info...
“He was very tall – six feet five and three-quarter inches, or nearly two meters. His nickname in the RAF was Lofty, while Walt Disney called him Stalky (because he was like a beanstalk!). (pg 75)

“At the age of eight I became a mad diary enthusiast... I was a bit of a loner in those days and a bit of a dreamer and some of the things I wrote down for the next five or six years were thoughts that I don't think I would have dared even to speak out aloud to myself. That's the beauty of writing. You find that you can actually write things down that are quite outlandish and outrageous and you feel all the better for it.” (pg 84)

I need to get back to writing in my diary. I used to enjoy it and it was a great outlet for me.

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” (pg 85)

I also have a passion for kids and reading and that is one reason I love my job at the library.

I especially like Roald Dahl's Secret Writing Tips from pages 105 to 108; but there is to much good stuff there to share a quote with you.

I really enjoyed reading this book.
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" A fun, easy read about the author Roald Dahl. " said.

" The kids and I enjoyed this one immensely. " said.

" I loved reading about some of the “behind the scenes” of Roald Dahl’s writing and some extra scenes from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, too. " said.

" Scrumdiddlyumptious! Short and sweet with interesting facts and tidbits about Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake and the chocolate factory itself! " said.

" Interesting I really like the idea for the book, but it didn't move very fast!leaving me wishing that this section was over. " said.

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