Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Information on identifying editions is from Richard Walker’s “Roald Dahl – A Guide to Collecting His First Editions”.

  • First editions:
    • Knopf, 1964, USA.
      • Illustrated by: Joseph Schindelman
      • To identify: Six line colophon that gives the paper manufacturer and published in a jacket priced at $3.95 and no SBN numbers on rear. – Note: this is actually really difficult, and Richard’s site there has a long section about it. If you want to definitively identify a Charlie Knopf first edition, head over there…
    • Allen & Unwin, 1967, UK.
      • Illustrated by: Faith Jaques
      • To identify: Standard practice statement (‘First published in Great Britain in’ followed by the date, no later dates or printing statements), no jacket and not priced
  • Later editions:
    • Knopf, 1973, USA.
      • Illustrated by: Joseph Schindelman
      • To identify: States ‘Revised Edition 1973’ listing 7 books at top of page
      • Changed black pygmy Oompa-Loompas to white fantasy Oompa-Loompas. (See Politically Correct Oompa-Loompa Evolution for more information.)
    • Unwin/Hyman, 1985, UK.
      • Illustrated by: Michael Foreman
      • To identify: Last of three statements reads ‘This edition published 1985’ with jacket priced at £6.95
    • Viking, 1995, UK.
      • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
      • To identify: Number line with jacket £9.99. Note: There is a variant jacket that is not priced and has no Viking logo on the spine
    • Knopf, 2001, USA.
      • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
      • To identify: Number line with ‘Revised Edition’ underneath and published with non-priced jacket
  • Excised material:
  • Censorship:
    • Removed from a locked reference collection at the Boulder, Colo. Public Library (1988), where it had been placed because the librarian thought the book espoused a poor philosophy of life.
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Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!



  • New England Round Table of Children’s Librarians Award (USA 1972)
  • Surrey School award (UK 1973)
  • Millennium Children’s Book Award (UK 2000)
  • Blue Peter Book Award (UK 2000)


Criticism and Analysis

Fun Stuff

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Quiz


Teacher Ideas


Afrikaans Covers – Charlie en die Sjokoladefabriek

Arabic Covers – تشارلي وَمَصنَعُ الشوكولاتَه

Armenian Covers – Չարլին և շոկոլադի գործարանը

Bulgarian Covers – Чарли и шоколадовата фабрика

Catalan Covers – Charlie i la fàbrica de xocolata

Chinese Covers

Croatian Covers – Charlie i tvornica čokolade

Czech Covers – Karlík a továrna na čokoládu

Dutch Covers – Sjakie en de chocoladefabriek

Estonian Covers – Charlie ja šokolaadivabrik

French Covers – Charlie et la chocolaterie

Galician Covers – Charlie e a fábrica de chocolate

German Covers – Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik


Hindi Covers

Italian Covers – La Fabbrica Di Cioccolato

Japanese Covers

Korean Covers – 찰리와 초콜릿 공장

Lithuanian Covers – Čarlis ir šokolado fabrikas

Norwegian Covers – Charlie og sjokoladefabrikken

Polish Covers – Charlie i fabryka czekolady

Portuguese Covers

Russian Covers – Чарли и шоколадная фабрика

Scots Covers – Chairlie and the Chocolate Works

Serbian Covers – Čarli i fabrika čokolade

Slovakian Covers – Charlie a továreň na čokoládu

Spanish Covers – Charlie y la fábrica de chocolate

Turkish Covers – Charlie’nin Çikolata Fabrikasi

Vietnamese Covers – Charlie và nhà máy sôcôla

Welsh Covers – Charlie a’r Ffatri Siocled