Celebrating 50 Years of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

On September 12, 1964, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published, featuring illustrations by Joseph Schindelman. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Knopf Books for Young Readers is releasing The Collector’s Edition with Schindelman’s original illustrations.

Here is a video featuring Joseph Schindelman, the original illustrator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In it Schindelman says:

The process of illustrating Wonka was made very easy for me by of Roald Dahl, because he laid it all out so carefully. All of his descriptions of all of the characters in the book were very precise. I particularly enjoyed drawing the people very fat, or nasty, or selfish or demanding. But Charlie was almost pristine. He had none of those attachments. I wanted to retain that sense of innocence in Charlie, and I think I treated it that way.

The man is as charming as his illustrations.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay