Roald Dahl passed away in 1990, but his popularity and that of his books--Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, James and the Giant Peach, and Danny the Champion of the World, to name just a few--continues to grow. Quentin Blake, the first-ever Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated nearly 300 books, including most of Roald Dahl's children's books. He lives in London.
An abbreviated version of Dahl's classic story takes to the pop-up stage, accompanied by Blake's scraggly pen-and-ink caricatures. Gatefolds, mini-booklets, and pop-ups reveal the major plot points of the story ("Two Golden Tickets Found Today!" shouts a headline on a foldout newspaper), with a towering glass elevator on the final spread. Smart use of interactive elements-many of which focus on the grim fates of Charlie's fellow ticket-holders-makes Wonka's already magical world feel even more so. Ages 7-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.