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The original Willy Wonka (on screen)

I came across this fascinating post on Letters of Note about letters that Gene Wilder wrote before his screen portrayal of Willy Wonka. He had some very definite ideas on how his character should be represented and it appears they really worked (depending on your opinion of the film – many rate it more highly than Tim Burton’s adaptation with Johnny Depp). Read and enjoy!


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Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

4 thoughts on “The original Willy Wonka (on screen)

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

    Your welcome, I hope you’ll be able to enjoy some new audiobooks! I definitely recommend Inkheart, I listened to it when I was about 12, but I saw on your blog that your daughter is 9 and I think that’s the perfect age because I think Meggie, the main character, is also 9! I’ve always loved to read books when I was the same age as the main character because it seems to make the connection even stronger, although that seems to be happening less and less as I get older…

    I’ll definitely check out David Walliams audiobooks, they sound really great! Would you recommend them for an 8 year old? I’ve actually been on the lookout for new audiobooks for myself and my little brother, and he loves audiobooks from British narrators so these sound great!

    Love your blog by the way, I look forward to reading more posts 🙂


    1. Thanks for checking out my blog! Great to have you here. I tried looking for the first Inkheart on Audible but they don’t seem to have it, so will try on amazon instead. David Walliams is I think perfect for 8 year old boys. The Boy in the Dress is his first book and in Holly’s and my opinion the best. I think you can get hold of it on audible. Have fun!


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