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Charlie y la fábrica de chocolate (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) (Spanish Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-30 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:8420447714
LANGUAGE:Spanish

"My second-grade teacher read this aloud to the class five years after this novel was published. She held up the book to show us the great line drawings as she read. I'm not sure if current editions have those particular line drawings, but there was lots of cross-hatching in the drawings. [These drawings were by Joseph Schindelman, and most current editions do NOT feature these. They've replaced them with drawings by another artist -- Fred's note, 8/29/07.] Tim Burton's movie reflected the drawings found in the early editions.
This book, more than any other I can recall, influenced me as a writer. I put a lot of parentheses in my stories as a child. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY gets a lot of mileage out of the parenthetical aside.
The next year, the third grade teacher read it outloud, I imagine on the recommendation of my second grade teacher. By this time I had my own copy of the book and was reading along. One day, my teacher suddenly stopped reading in mid-sentence. She looked around, seemed to argue with herself about whether she should keep reading and then had a look of decision on her face. I had been silently reading along and had read the entire sentence which she had stopped in the middle of. "He means 'donkey'", I said, but she said, "We're stopping here."
The sentence she hadn't finished featured Willy Wonka calling a child an "ass."
The book is very shocking. Willy Wonka is, literally, a slave-driver. (Here's a shocking thing nobody I've ever met has noticed: The Ooompa-Loompas were of African descent in the 1963 edition. In the early seventies, the drawings and the text were changed so that the Oompa-Loopas suddenly had red hair and freckles. The copyright page of this later edition refers to "Special material." The original illustrator drew the alterations. At some later point the original illustrations were discarded altogether, and someone who draws more in the manner of Jules Feiffer did the ones we usually run across these days.) Roald Dahl writes about a jaunty, loveable, acid-tongued slave-driver. My third-grade teacher hated it and she never did finish reading it to us.
I don't think Dahl was a racist. In fact, I think he was trying to show his readers what pure capitalism means: The Bucket family is virtually starving before Charlie gets the Golden Ticket. The man dispensing the tickets slowly eliminates ticket-holders so that he may find a perfect successor. All he cares about is his own succession. He is ruthless, cruel and feared. Charlie won't be like him. But Dahl doesn't ballyhoo his story's moral. It is easy to mistake Dahl's cynicism for authoritarianism.

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"[First read: ? <2010. 3 stars.
Second read: 2nd April, 2016. 3 stars.]

Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.

This is Roald Dahl's most famous book for one reason: it is his best. I haven't, strictly speaking, read all of his works as of yet (working on it man) but I have gleamed enough from his short and long stuff to really get to grips with the differences. This has that wonderful whimsical quality of his, blended with unique characters and adventurous plots, but it also has a sort of realism that a lot of his other works lacked.

Charlie is a lucky boy and I loved him dearly: he was quite obvious but children's books of this length very rarely have scope for true character development. His family were a little off (we learn more of them in the sequel to this book, but they are not to my taste) but we see mercifully less of them. The unfolding plot did keep me entertained throughout and, despite having seem the film countless times and feeling like I know the plot back-to-front, I still found myself quite surprised often, and especially by the ending which I had somehow forgotten completely.

I loved the scatty nature of Wonka and I thought he was written so well. The whole place was a marvel, but I think more could have been made of the factory, more as a character than a setting. The other characters were typical Dahlian Terrible People with Terrible Traits, which I've come to expect in abundance, but they all had their peculiarities that set them apart from being purely Terrible People. It's a fun, fun read and I truly think one of the best creations in written form, but I also truly believe they're enjoyed far more when you are younger.


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"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.

It was amazing that my two boys listen to me reading them these wonderful words coming from magical beings as the Oompa-Loompas!! I've been debating and arguing alot on the issue of watching much T.V, neverthless to say that the best time I had with them was that when the TV broke down... Since day 1 of my marriage I insisted on only having 1 TV set placed in the livingroom ... Now we have 2 sets but only 1 is installed.

My 2 sons also have recieved a PS4 set since few months and God that was like hell to me. I've been trying to divert their attention away from it by board games, card games, jigsaw puzzles or dominos and reading routine.

Let me say that reading for them is quite a hard mission; they have very different tastes and views. My older son is quite ok with Arabic or English texts as long as he'll have me translating this English storybook, but, my younger son prefers Arabic or already translated into Arabic books!!! I've been trying to convince him that much of the story or meaning might be lost with translation, he's also picky with regards to illustrations and drawings, he might like a story yet dislike the print or colours or drawings and figures!! So reading this book for them was a very challenging experience!

And I was SURPRISED ^_^ They LOVED this book.... I had their attention fully and for my surprise when I took them out last week and as they know that Mommy outings shall include a visit to a bookstore and when they realised Roald Dahl's books they were so excited and happy... The older realised BFG, and Charlie and the glass elevator and a special edition of the two books in one big book! He wanted the special edition and BFG. While my younger son wanted the book that had Charlie and the big glass elevator and I bought it for them promising to buy them more of Dahl's books when we finish reading those :)

Yesterday, we finished Charlie and the chocolate factory and they wanted to stat the second part but I asked them to sleep for then and start it later!

The story is so weird! I confess it's so magical and touching when we talk about Charlie and his poor family! I also have to admit that there were parts I couldn't translate for the boys as they were written and other paets where I had to put my touch upon for making them appeal easily, but the whole experience was so much fun :D

I promised to let them watch the movie edition they would choose and that would be another tough experience as one of them wants to watch the new version and the other insists on the old one!

I really loved the book and so did my boys♡♡♡
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" 4.5 STARS.was really surprised that the movie (Johnny Depp version) followed this nearly word for word. Always enjoy this story! " said.

" Had so much fun reading this. Just like Matilda, this book was heartwarming, hilarious and had some heartfelt messages that I just loved. He's such a brilliant storyteller and has the perfect balance of entertainment and lessons in his books. " said.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of those books in the English dominated world that you've either read it as a child or you saw a film version. Re-reading it for my university course I was struck by how, despite the simplistic prose I could still see and capture the spirit of what Roald Dahl created. As a result I think I could add this to a list of the modern fairy tales for the 20th Century and beyond. Think about it: it's a rags-to-riches story aimed at children where an impoverished child finds the magical item golden ticket and goes to a sort of wonderland a chocolate factory which he becomes prince owner of.

I doubt anyone needs me to tell them the plot of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. To be honest if you're in a first world country and have no idea about the contents of this book then I don't think I should be the one providing you with the summary. Most people can tell you roughly what it is about. The same stands for the premise of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz or Peter Pan.

What I do want to bring up is the interesting way in which Roald Dahl creates his child characters as symbolic representatives of the problems with children. For instance you have Veruca who represents snobbery and being spoiled, Violet who as a gum chewer represents ambition and unwillingness to listen to others, Mike who represents addiction to television and as a result addiction in general and finally Augustus who represents greed. All of these problems curiously are shown as being due to poor parenting. Also further what I always liked in the book and films was how Willy Wonka put temptations in his factory to test the children's true motives. I don't know whether I can truly find something in the book that is incredibly deep because in knowing the story very much inside out I find it harder to step back and look at the issues within it. It just reads as a real enchanting modern fairytale.

I fully recommend this as a children's book and one which, yes, adults can read too if they want. You won't find the depth of some young adult stories but you will find an enchanting and moving story.
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This was wonderful. Quick read and full of wit and humor. I, surprisingly, remembered the Tim Burton film (which I saw a million years ago) while reading it and bits and pieces of the movie kept flashing in my mind. So, in a way I both saw the film and read the book yesterday.


Roald Dahl’s writing style is delightful and infectious. It pleased me, I can’t imagine what it does to children. His stories are perfect for reading at bed-time. I can’t wait to recite it to my cute little crazy nephews.
”This is Charlie.
How d’you do? And how d’you do? And how d’you do again? He is pleased to meet you.”

I finally know what an Oompa Loompa is! I had heard the word so many times but was too lazy to check what it meant. They’re the tiny people that Willy Wonka has employed in his factory who love chocolate and quite often burst into song. Each of the four kids beside Charlie had a bad habit of sorts and while Mr. Wonka tried to select a child suited to run his factory, the readers specifically the children were very subtly and gracefully told the harmful influences of:
--eating unhealthy
--being a spoiled child (view spoiler)" said.

" همه ی کودکیم تو این کتاب خلاصه شده. با خوندن یه باره دوباره ده باره ش. رولدال یعنی کودکیه من. " said.

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