Roald Dahl is, quite simply, one of the best-loved children's book authors of all time. His most famous works include "James and the Giant Peach," "Matilda" and "The Witches." He died in 1990 in Oxford, England, at the age of 74.
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is the story of poor Charlie Bucket, who finds himself one of five proud winners of a Golden Ticket in the wrapper of a chocolate bar. The ticket allows him to enter the mysterious factory of one Willy Wonka, a reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, who is opening his doors to the public for the first time in a decade. Needless to say, Charlie is delighted, even more so when he finally enters this land of strawberry-juice water pistols, luminous lollipops and chocolate rivers.
Listen to an excerpt from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," read by ex-Monty Python Eric Idle, courtesy of Harper Audio.