To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I asked From Left to Write members to reread this classic and/or to introduce their children to this childhood classic. Many of our members enjoyed the bonding time as they read the books aloud or along with their kids.
Take a look at what our bloggers had to say as we discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Some even had their children join the discussion! Then make sure you enter the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes (see below for details on how):
- Eunice at Random Mommy talks about the Golden Ticket of her life.
- Oompa Loompas as parent educators? That’s how Morninglight Mama from My Thoughts Exactly wants to think of those little guys who terrified her as a child.
- Carrie of Poet in the Pantry considers how the movies have tainted her vision of the book.
- Kelly at Cupcake Kelly’s talks about the differences between the original and the remake of the movie
- Shannon from Shannon Morgan Creative can’t decide which she loves more, the book or the movie.
- Ariane of The Force Expansive speaks on the rewards of being more Charlie Bucket than Veruca Salt!
- Melanie at tales from the crib considers the cost and benefit of extravagance.
- Meeshie from Habitat of Meeshie remembers reading with her grandmother
- Jen from Anybody Wants A Peanut ponders creativity without constraint.
- Val at Children Of The Old School remembers how her Grandparents gave her the gift of love.
- Elaine of Helen and Connor Grow Up uses the book as a great jumping off point for creative art!
- Melissa (and her daughter) from Life with Sophia consider what if they won a golden ticket?
- Alicia S of Titere con Bonete remembers the book that inspired her love of reading and books.
- Nani at The Real Nani has a six-year-old guest poster: Why You Should Read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Char from I (Don’t) Know Mommy shares about her family’s trip to Hammond’s Candies.
- Julie of A Good Joe wonders who her son would take on the adventure of a lifetime
- Michelle at Mkokopelli shares her a 7 year old’s perspective of the book
- Lisa from Hannemaniacs can’t wait to share all of her favorite books with her kids.
- Michelle of Honest and Truly! discusses the inability of her parents to say no to her children.
- Along with her family, Thien-Kim at I’m Not the Nanny embraces Dahl-isms
- NJ from A Cookie Before Dinner gives 10 reasons why you should read a book before watching the movie version.
- Bay at Queen Mother Blog talks about her daughter’s many questions from this book
- Catherine from everyday epiphanies is excited to share a bookwormish summer with her children.
- Stacy from The Novel Life shares five life lessons Charlie teaches us in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Ally Lang at NorthSideFour passes the writing work on to her nine year old twin girls who share their responses.
- Ally’s twin reveal their thoughts on their blog NorthSideFour: Kate and Mary Read
- Mandi at Chewsy Lovers learned how to spend long distance quality time with her son.
- Amiyrah of 4 Hats and Frugal shares how she’s bonding with her son thanks to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Janeane from Janeane’s World reminds us of the Golden Ticket that helps you take on the world and win.
- Emily Stephens at Nap Time Is My Time learned a surprising lesson reading this book with her son.
- Karen of Time Crafted finds reading with her kids one of summer’s greatest delights.
- Jennifer from Ramblings of a Semi-Conscious Mastermind Mommy takes time to read with her kids.
- Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks shares how much her nine-year-old daughter related to sweet Charlie from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Anne Parris of Not a Supermom recalls first walking into her school library and finding her kingdom.
- Monica Barnett from Blueprint for Style wonders what she would wear if she were one of the five people selected to tour the Willy Wonka factory.
- Rachee at Say it, “Rah-shay” shares how Roald Dahl inspired her to read with her teen.
Now that you’ve read our discussion, celebrate along with us! To celebrate this milestone, Penguin Young Readers Group, in partnership with Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world-famous candy emporium, and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books for children from low-income families, is launching a year-long international celebration.
Enter the National Golden Ticket Sweepstakes (Ends on August 15th)
Don’t wait to enter because the contest ends August 15th! Plus, for each each sweepstakes entry received, Penguin will make a donation First Book. For sweepstakes entry forms, visitRoaldDahl.com or download your form here.
Inspired by the Golden Ticket Competition in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which provided Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregard, Mike Teavee, and Charlie Bucket with golden tickets to Willy Wonka’s mysterious Chocolate Factory, Penguin Young Readers Group will grant FIVE lucky winners the Golden Ticket trip of a lifetime to New York City that includes:
- A VIP experience at Dylan’s Candy Bar
- Tickets to Matilda the Musical
- A year’s supply of chocolate
- A visit to the Empire State building
- A library of Roald Dahl books
- And MORE!
In partnership with First Book, a non-profit that provides books for children from low-income families. Penguin Young Readers provides:
- A monetary donation and one brand new Penguin trade children’s book for every national sweepstakes entry received. The book donation will include copies of the anniversary edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which will be distributed by First Book to registered programs and schools serving children in need throughout the United States and Canada.
- A donation of a full set of Dahl Penguin titles (17 in total), 50 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory books, and a bean bag to each school selected by First Book’s Advisory Boards in 20 markets as part of the First Book Golden Ticket Giveaway.