My first-edition copy (1964) of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. My fourth grade teacher read this story aloud to us. Hearing it for the first time, I distinctly remember thinking “This family is poorer than us!” One of my favorite stories from childhood, I think it made me the chocoholic that I am today.
Did you know that the author’s original intention was for Charlie to be “a little black boy”? Read the interview with his widow on BBC.
I like old books too. We used to have first edition copies of some of Tim’s childhood books but sadly we don’t anymore.
I didn’t know Charlie was supposed to be black. That’s quite interesting.
I was surprised about Charlie, too. And I rather enjoyed the black pygmies and how smart and wise they were. Didn’t bother me a bit. I was more disturbed by those green guys in the movie, as I never read the later editions in which Dahl changed the Oompa Loompas’ skin color. But, that’s just me. Thanks for visiting, Regina!