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Celebrating 55 Years of Willy Wonka

March 25th marks the 55th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! My, how time flies!


In case you need a refresher course, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children\’s novel by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. The story centers around 11-year-old Charlie Bucket who lives in poverty in a small house with his parents and four grandparents.

One day, Grandpa Joe tells him about the legendary and eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka and all the wonderful candies he made until the other candymakers sent in spies to steal his secret recipes, which led him to close the factory to outsiders. The next day, the newspaper announces that Wonka is reopening the factory and has invited five children to come on a tour after they find a Golden Ticket in a Wonka Bar. Each ticket find is a media sensation and each finder becomes a celebrity. The first four golden tickets are found by the gluttonous Augustus Gloop, the spoiled and petulant Veruca Salt, the gum-addicted Violet Beauregarde, and the TV-obsessed Mike Teavee. By sheer luck (and a found coin) Charlie finds the fifth and final golden ticket and he and Grandpa Joe embark on a strange and marvelous adventure inside the mysterious domain of Willy Wonka.

This story is also what inspired my enhanced digital e-book The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ; an ebook that continues to be popular with parents, teachers and young readers all over the world.

The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Thousands of readers are not only enjoying the wonder and magic of this book, but they are also loving my extra-chocolatey recipe for Willy Wonka’s Chocolate River Pretzels (a recipe taken right from the pages of The Ultimate Guide to Charlie)!



How about you? Do you remember the first time you read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory as a child?

Do you recall the thrill of discovering that magical gateway into Willy Wonka\’s world inside the pages of a book? A world with geese that laid golden eggs, squirrels that could sort nuts, and colorful little people called Oompa Loompas?

Would you like to re-live that experience with one of the greatest children’s books of all time like never before?

Then come along on a magical adventure into The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Chapter by chapter we explore all of the wonders of Willy Wonka’s World and give you all the tools you need to play along!

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don\’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl



The Ultimate Guide To Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is a step by step roadmap to this magical world.

5 Amazing Things You\’ll Receive in this Book

  1. Over 20 crafts and activities that not only entertain but educate.
  2. Beautiful graphic illustrations, short animations, and entertaining tutorials.
  3. The creation of a new ritual of reading time and the opportunity to go play inside the pages of your books together.
  4. Take small adventures 1 or 2 at a time or journey into the whole book.
  5. The book is completely hyperlinked allowing you to move easily and wherever you want throughout the book at the touch of an icon.

The Golden Tickets have been found!! Enter the pages of this enhanced, digital e-book for kids along with the lucky ticket finders and visit the infamous Mr. Wonka\’s Chocolate Factory for one day. With the help of Crazy Racing Oompa Loompas, Gobstopper Gum, and handmade Willy Wonka Hats, you and your child will enter a world of memory-making moments.

If you are looking for a fun digital and interactive children\’s story inspired by a kids\’ classic story, you will love The Ultimate Guide to Charlie out into the World.


Enter a world where collaborative play is woven into the fabric of our everyday family life. The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open the door to transforming relationships, encouraging new perspectives, and indulging in the happiness and the joy of innovating with your children.


Who is Charlie? The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an interactive, adventure that leads us through the Chocolate Factory with stops along the way to create, laugh, and learn. It reawakens the passion and idea of “jumping” inside the pages of this book with the knowledge that each chapter is a gateway into a magical world. Now available on iTunes, it’s your opportunity to truly experience where art, literature, and technology meet allowing you to feel the story like never before.

Charlie was born of a unique collaboration between co-authors Valarie Budayr and Roscoe Welply, this dynamic duo along with Kite Readers have crafted an enchanting world that leaps from the pages, and coaxes the reader to immerse themselves in the adventures that await them at the Chocolate Factory.


What You Can Expect with Charlie:

  • A bridge between the “plugged” and “unplugged” world for families
  • A book that brings families together reading and enjoying their imaginations.
  • Creation of an atmosphere where reading becomes a family event instead of a solitary act.
  • The option to educate, inform, and entice children to want to know more about the world they live in.
  • The delight of pulling the story off the pages, and the act of bringing the pages to LIFE.


Gather your family and come along on a magical journey into one of the most beloved children’s books of all time to experience a story like never before. You will have a front row seat to this delightfully illustrated and fabulously written children’s enhanced digital e-book that will come to life with not only a great story, but over 20 activities and crafts that will spark their imagination and awaken their inner child.


Are you ready for an adventure? Enter HERE to start the Charlie experience or grab your download on iTunes.

Disclaimer: This book is not affiliated or associated with the author, publisher, or distributors of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.