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Roald Dahl’s arguably most widely known book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is fifty years old this year. Since its publication, countless children and parents have delighted in the humor, adventure, and imagination of the story. Many have waited breathlessly with Charlie Bucket to see a Golden Ticket inside the wrapper of his chocolate bar.

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If one hasn’t read the book, it is almost impossible to have not seen either of the film adaptations that bring the mysterious and fantastical factory to life in brilliant Technicolor, trademark songs, and memorable visuals (Violet Beauregarde turning into a blueberry is my personal favorite). More than any of Dahl’s other works, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has permeated popular culture and even spawned a candy line named after the candy maker, Willy Wonka. In addition to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl’s books almost always feature a hero that the reader…

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