The Ultimate Guide to Charlie

Reminiscing on The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

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What a busy month it’s been so far! Running here, crafting there, and meetings, meetings, meetings (good meetings though). And with Multicultural Children’s Book Day just round the corner (1/27/18) it’s likely to get even more hectic.

But as the days fly past, and the New Year gets closer, it seems natural to look back and reflect. It honestly feels like just yesterday that I was brainstorming like a giddy schoolgirl with a secret to share. To date, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, an enhanced, interactive digital ebook for kids, continues to delight Willy Wonka fans nationwide.

The project was my second book, an enhanced digital ebook for kids, called  The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory  Fast forward a handful of years and “Charlie” is now one of 4 books that I’ve written and published. Though The Ultimate Guide to Charlie was not my first book, it was an innovative and ground-breaking project and oh-what-a-journey-it was!

The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory enhanced digital ebook for kids.

Inspired by the love of a good story, some imagination, a sense of adventure and a good dose of curiosity, children and the adults who care for them can take flight into one of our most beloved books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The Ultimate Guide presents several experiential activities in the areas of crafting, cooking, and game-playing as well as exploring many facets of candy production, and meeting the author himself, Roald Dahl. Each step and activity leads us further into the story to bring more and more of it to life, leaving a lasting impression of an adventure and journey share….

A Little Back History:

Many people ask me how the idea of book jumping and the concept of The Ultimate Guide to Charlie was born.

The idea for this book was born a long time ago when my girls were 6 and 9. My mother had recently passed away and the girls were really sad. Each one had a special momento of my mom’s to remember her by, but daily they would ask me questions about her. What was her favorite food? What made her laugh? What was she like as a child? At one point I was asked what were her favorite books and that’s when I came up with the idea for our mother/daughter book club called Book Adventures.
The first book we jumped into was Heidi, 13 years and a few hundred books later, Book Adventures turned into Jump into a Book, and now a very Ultimate Guide. Once we started living inside the pages of our books, the kids realized that they no longer needed to wait until the next book, or book adventure meeting to relive their favorite stories. One of our family favorite books just happened to be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s a book you can find my children pretend-playing inside nearly on a weekly basis.
Then I met the incredibly talented Roscoe Welply. Roscoe is the graphic designer/ illustrator and book designer of not only “Charlie” but The Fox Diaries as well.
Roscoe Welply
Roscoe and I met at Odesk (now Upwork). It’s a website where one can go to hire people they need for their work. At the time I was putting The Fox Diaries together and needed a really good cover. I went to Odesk and looked through a few portfolios. The 2nd or 3rd portfolio was Roscoe’s. As I continued to look at different people’s work I kept comparing them to Roscoe. Finally it dawned on me that if I was comparing everyone else to Roscoe that I should probably just ask Roscoe to do the book cover. He did a brilliant cover which graces all versions of The Fox Diaries and he designed the interior as well.
Together we embarked on this very long, but very magical journey or creating The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; and enhanced, interactive, digital ebook that is available on iTunes.
The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory enhanced digital ebook.

Why is “Charlie” so special? Charlie brings together the awe and wonder of enhanced digital ebooks and the family activity of book jumping, and does so within one of the most beloved children’s tales of all time. Won’t you join the adventure?

Welcome to The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Enter a world where collaborative play is woven into the fabric of our everyday family life.  The Ultimate Guide to Charlie will open the door to transforming relationships, encouraging new perspectives, and indulging in the happiness and the joy of innovating with your children.

Who is Charlie? The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an interactive, adventure that leads us through the Chocolate Factory with stops along the way to create, laugh, and learn. It reawakens the passion and idea of “jumping” inside the pages of this book with the knowledge that each chapter is a gateway into a magical world. Now available on iTunes, it’s your opportunity to truly experience where art, literature and technology meet allowing you to feel the story like never before.

Charlie was born of a unique collaboration between co-authors Valarie Budayr and Roscoe Welply, this dynamic duo along with Kite Readers have crafted an enchanting world that leaps from the pages, and coaxes the reader to immerse themselves in the adventures that await them at the Chocolate Factory.

What You Can Expect with Charlie:

  • A bridge between the “plugged” and “unplugged” world for families
  • A book that brings families together reading and enjoying their imaginations.
  • Creation of an atmosphere where reading becomes a family event instead of a solitary act.
  • The option to educate, inform, and entice children to want to know more about the world they live in.
  • The delight of pulling the story off the pages, and the act of bringing the pages to LIFE.

Gather your family and come along on a magical journey into one of the most beloved children’s books of all time to experience a story like never before.  You will have a front row seat to this delightfully illustrated and fabulously written children’s enhanced digital e-book that will come to life with not only a great story, but over 20 activities and crafts that will spark their imagination and awaken their inner child.

Are you read for an adventure? Enter HERE to start the Charlie experience.

Disclaimer: This book is not affiliated or associated with the author, publisher, or distributors of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

If you are looking for a fun digital and interactive children’s story inspired by a kids’ classic story, you will love The Ultimate Guide to Charlie out into the World.

Enter a world where collaborative play is woven into the fabric of our everyday family life.  The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open the door to transforming relationships, encouraging new perspectives, and indulging in the happiness and the joy of innovating with your children.

Who is Charlie? The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an interactive, adventure that leads us through the Chocolate Factory with stops along the way to create, laugh, and learn. It reawakens the passion and idea of “jumping” inside the pages of this book with the knowledge that each chapter is a gateway into a magical world. Now available on iTunes, it’s your opportunity to truly experience where art, literature and technology meet allowing you to feel the story like never before.

Charlie was born of a unique collaboration between co-authors Valarie Budayr and Roscoe Welply, this dynamic duo along with Kite Readers have crafted an enchanting world that leaps from the pages, and coaxes the reader to immerse themselves in the adventures that await them at the Chocolate Factory.

What You Can Expect with Charlie:

  • A bridge between the “plugged” and “unplugged” world for families
  • A book that brings families together reading and enjoying their imaginations.
  • Creation of an atmosphere where reading becomes a family event instead of a solitary act.
  • The option to educate, inform, and entice children to want to know more about the world they live in.
  • The delight of pulling the story off the pages, and the act of bringing the pages to LIFE.

Gather your family and come along on a magical journey into one of the most beloved children’s books of all time to experience a story like never before.  You will have a front row seat to this delightfully illustrated and fabulously written children’s enhanced digital e-book that will come to life with not only a great story, but over 20 activities and crafts that will spark their imagination and awaken their inner child.

Are you read for an adventure? Enter HERE to start the Charlie experience or grab your download on iTunes.

Disclaimer: This book is not affiliated or associated with the author, publisher, or distributors of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

 

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