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"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.