At work, I’ve been reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory with my year 2 students. There is something truly magical about that story, and the writing of Roald Dahl (one of my favourite authors!). The children hang on to every word! Is it because the story revolves around the down-and-out boy who strikes gold (literally!)? Is it because the story revolves around chocolate? Or is it because I read it with such idiotic enthusiasm that they break out into fits of giggles every time I start reading the book? Whatever it is, the students are seriously obsessed with the story (almost as much as I love picture books and personalised gifts for kids… almost! And I’ve been enjoying reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to them.
So you can only imagine my excitement when I saw that Wonderbly (previously Lost My Name, who I also love!), had partnered with the Roald Dahl Literary Society to create a PERSONALISED version of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory called “My Golden Ticket”.
I know, right?? Seriously – SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. If you’re looking for personalised gifts for kids, this is the book you need!
We were given a copy of “My Golden Ticket” for Starfish, and it is just the most amazing personalised book I have seen (remember how I feel about personalised books??). Find out more about this amazing book and what it is one of the best personalised gifts for kids.
(We were given a copy of My Golden Ticket for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own).
Wonderbly’s Personalised Roald Dahl Tale
Firstly, I just want to say that the quality of this book is awesome. Mohawk paper is used to make the pages more durable, and the quality paper also makes the illustrations pop from the page. We received a hardcover copy of the book to make sure it lasts a lifetime, which is particularly handy as Starfish has become super intense about books lately. Since he is still at the (potential) ‘ripping’ stage, the hardcover means we can hide the book high on the bookshelves when we’re not reading it and can make sure it is kept intact!
I also want to mention straight up that Wonderbly’s version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory isn’t just a copy of the original with the names swapped out. It is a brand new story that your child will embark on, with bright colourful illustrations and much more – hence the new title “My Golden Ticket”.
My Golden Ticket!
Wonderbly’s new story takes your child (as the protagonist) on their own tour through the Chocolate Factory where, in the end (spoiler alert!), they create their very own chocolate or candy bar. During the tour, your child goes through different rooms and ultimately “collects” different ingredients for their final candy. My favourite thing about this storyline is that these ingredients are based on the letters in your child’s name (for example, because Starfish’s name has an ‘a’ in it, he collected amber as the colour/ingredient for his candy).
My Golden Ticket also has some special characters in it (besides your child of course!), including an Oompa Loompa called Lomo, and one other personalised character you can choose to put into the story. We put in me (Starfish’s mum) because I know I’ll be reading and re-reading him this story for many years to come! However you could put in any special loved one that you like, and this character journeys through the Chocolate Factory with your child – creating a very special memory with them while reading the story.
Your child’s newly created candy is specially revealed at the end of the story. This candy is not only personalised with your child’s name, but the candy will also be determined by your child’s initial (there are different candies for each letter of the alphabet, so your child will have a special candy with the same letter as their first name).
This enchanting book is full of detailed maps of the chocolate factory, special documents and posters (all part of the illustrations), and bright, colourful images. There is even an appearance from Mr Willy Wonka himself at the end of the story! (Well, sort of).
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This book is as quirky as the original story by Roald Dahl, and really captures his creativity and humour. There are many features in the book for children to explore, meaning it will be read again and again and again. While I agree with the age recommendation of 5-10 years, I still believe you can (and should) read to newborns – it doesn’t matter what you read, they just love the sound of your voice! I’m excited that I can share this book with my son at 14 months of age (although I do still need to keep it at arm’s length some of the time), and know that it will become a household favourite as he gets older and can engage further in the story.
As I’ve said before, I grew up loving the personalised books I was given. I’m so excited that not only can my son treasure this personalised book from Wonderbly, but a new generation can appreciate and get lost in the magical world of Roald Dahl!
Get a copy of The Golden Ticket for your child (perfect for Christmas!!) from the Wonderbly Website.