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Feb 18 2020

Willy Wonka's everlasting book of fun by Roald Dahl

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Penguin Random House, 2020. ISBN: 9780241428139.
(Ages: 7-12). Highly recommended. An activity book filled with games, activities, recipes and information all centred around the characters and story of Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl. Willy Wonka introduces the book with a chapter about the chocolate factory and presents games and quizzes that tell you about the chocolate factory, different sweets to read about and make plus quiz questions to test your knowledge of the story.
The book then takes a chapter for each character - Charlie Bucket, Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee. Ending the book is a chapter about the Oomp-Loompas and then lastly included at the end is a chapter of the original book which was never included in the published version. Scattered throughout the book are those fantastic, whimsical illustrations by Quentin Blake.
The activities in the chapters revolve around the things the characters encountered in the story and each chapter is about 15 pages long and is a mixture of recipes, word finds, quiz questions, drawing activities, experiments and games. The advertising for this book says there are over 365 activities in total, enough to keep a child busy for months, especially on rainy days. Classroom teachers using Charlie and the chocolate factory as a read aloud story could include the quiz questions and other activities in this book alongside the reading to really involve children in the Roald Dahl experience. Themes: Amusements, Puzzles, Roald Dahl characters.
Gabrielle Anderson

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