"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Reaches 50

Charlie turns 50? Yes, it's true. This child of literature has reached middle age while managing to maintain his youthful appeal. As a way to honor author Roald Dahl's boy darling, Random House is releasing several editions of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," one featuring the original illustrations by Joseph Schindelman. Although we have come to love how artist Quentin Blake has handled this timeless tale, it's worth it to take a look at how the book first appeared.

Above is Schindelman's version of Charlie. Below is a rendering of Schindelman, who lives on Long Island.

Look for one of many wonderful versions of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at Bank Street Bookstore.

Gettin' Jiggy with It


Get your green on and celebrate one of the terrific traditions of St. Patrick's Day at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street. On Saturday, March 15, Irish step dancing performances take place at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Darrah Carr Dance Company introduces Irish dancing, stepping, and costuming with demonstrations of both hard shoe and soft shoe styles. You are even invited to try your own jig!

Once the performances end, head uptown to Bank Street Bookstore for titles that explain and entertain with the many facts and fictions of St. Patrick's Day.