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Jul 23, 2015

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The Roald Dahl books are a big hit in our home. We’ve watched the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie with Gene Wilder a gazillion times and the novel is a staple in our home.

Recently, my big kid and I stumbled across this gem of a find: the Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book. I never even knew this version existed until we saw it sitting on the table waiting to be purchased. With illustrations from Quentin Blake, this book was a winner even before we opened it.

No joke, this Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book is a definite winner.


Book Review: What makes this Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book so fantastic?

Most of us know the story of poor little Charlie Bucket who lives with very simple means in a tiny home with his parents and 4 grandparents. Charlie gets one of five coveted golden tickets and well, it’s a happy ending after all.

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Yes, you know the story (and if you don’t that needs to be your summer reading project!).

That’s not the focus of today’s post. The reason why I’m writing this post is because I can’t get over how amazing this pop-up book is! Most of us have read our fair share of pop-up books. They usually have some flaps for the reader to reveal extra text or images and they have three dimensional illustrations to capture the reader’s interest.

This Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book completely baffles my mind with its ingenuity and creativity. If the real Willy Wonka could design a book, I’m convinced he’d make it JUST LIKE THIS.

The original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory storyline has been carefully condensed to align with the pop-up design. Each page is interactive and exciting. Children will love having their own Willy Wonka bar.

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Open the tab and there’s a golden ticket signed by Wonka himself!

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Flip the page and there’s Charlie meeting Willy Wonka himself. Grandpa Joe is there and so are the other golden ticket holders.

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I won’t show you all the illustrations in this Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book but I do want to show you a few more examples so you can get a taste of its sheer brilliance and complexity.

Here’s Violet Beauregarde.

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Take a moment to appreciate just how round she is, in a POP UP BOOK! She’s just like a blueberry! When was the last time you saw a round figure in a pop-up book? To the right, you can see the Oompa Loompas rolling Violet away. Pull a hidden tab and she really does roll off the side of the page!The sheer ingenuity in designing the paper to fold ‘just so’ to make Violet round absolutely baffles me.

It gets better. Not only are the pop-up pages stunningly intricate and mesmerizing but there are also hidden interactive elements. Pull out a side flap and you reveal the Oompa-Loompas’ Good-bye Violet song. Oh but wait, where are the lyrics?

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Flip the same flap ONE MORE TIME and tada! The lyrics!!

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Verdict:

I’m not even sure my words can put into perspective just how creatively crafted this Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book is. There are pop-up books and then there’s the Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book. There are flaps within flaps that pair so well with the pop-up designs that mesmerize and confound. Honestly, the creators of this book must have been channeling their inner Willy Wonka.

End result: a well executed, interactive, pop-up book that appeals to children (and adults) and holds true to the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory storyline.

*hats off to the creators of this book*

Well done, indeed.

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