We're serious Roald Dahl fans here at The Big Chocolate Show headquarters and we'd like to share some fun facts with you:
2016 is the centennial celebration of Dahl's birth. Yup, if he were still alive today, he'd be 100 years old.
In 1964 when Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published, 10,000 copies of the book sold during that first week.
Two years ago, a researcher found a chapter from the original manuscript that has been excised because it was deemed "too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children." In that chapter, two children (there were originally 8 kids, not 6) are chopped up and pounded into fudge. That lost chapter concluded, "Eight little children--such charming little chicks. But two of them said 'Nuts to you,'and then there were six." (Cheery, no?)
Here is a link to Smithsonian Magazine's article on the matter: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-chapter-roald-dahls-charlie-and-chocolate-factory-was-just-released-180952584/?no-ist