It’s .99 cent Wonka Time

I couldn’t have known it would come to all this when we found that note by W.W. inside an old book at the yard sale:



From there the adventure began into one of our all time favorite books, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory“.  Chapter by chapter we explored the world of Willy Wonka.

What We Encountered Along The Way

  • We won our own golden tickets by sheer wit. 
  • We entered into the jungle to learn how chocolate and gum were made and even got to make some of our very own.
  • We met Oompa Loompas and even had a wardrobe exchange. We’ve never truly been right since then as they have very short legs.
  • We learned the true secrets of gobstoppers. We’d tell you but our mouths are full. 
  • Willy Wonka’s factory is a masterwork of mazes. We had to utilize our skill at them to work our way through this enchanting chocolate factory, including but not limited to the ever famous scissor maze where we walked clean through a piece of paper. Of course we haven’t kept that info to ourselves but have happily shared it with all of you.
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  • After all that we were truly thirsty and so very glad to discover that fizzy lifting drinks are real. Not only that but we came away with many new recipes for you to try as well as the science behind them so you can make up your very own fizzy concoctions. The best part is the burping of course.
  • Square candies looking round aren’t just for the Chocolate Factory but they can look round your very own home or classroom too.

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  • One of our more hilarious encounters happened to be made in the Nut Room where a bunch of very ingenious squirrels taught us a very fun snatching game. We still play it all the time. No special occasion needed.
  • Do you think we spied Mike T.V. in the Television Chocolate Room ? No we did not, but we did shrink the shadow of Willy Wonka into a miniature size and made him into a night-light or decorative luminary. 
  • The real excitement came when we got to go up and out of the Chocolate Factory in the glass elevator. We had to investigate how it was done. This led to an afternoon of tower and shaft building trying to figure out how such a thing can move up and down, sideways and forwards, and definitely we wanted to know how does one move diagonally ? 

Alas it was now time to go, all that was needed was Willy Wonka’s top hat to make all of our memories complete. Though Willy Wonka wouldn’t give us his top hat, he did provide us with the instructions for our very own.


The Ultimate Guide to Charlie

All of these adventures we’ve taken together and now you can too. Although The Ultimate Guide to Charlie is a beautifully illustrated interactive e-book, the entertainment comes from doing the crafts, recipes, and games once the book is shut. It’s good old fun ,21st century style. We loved creating a balance between the virtual world and the actual world. Magic comes from our inspirations and imagination. The Ultimate Guide to Charlie will lend itself to hours of fun again and again.

It’s been nearly one year since our “Charlie” hit the virtual shelves of the iTunes iBookstore and what a year it’s been! We have much to celebrate:

  • We’ve seen “Charlie” top the charts to #1 on the iTunes iBookstore no less than 7 times in the months of November/December. 
  • We won the coveted QED award for innovative design. 
  • We won a Bronze medal in the E-Lit Book Awards.

QED Award

Along with our formatter and distributor KiteReaders, we are so very thankful and we want to share that gratitude with you. It’s all of you who have made The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so successful.

From June 13th through June 16th, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie is .99 on iTunes on the iBookstore!

Just in time for summer too! Charlie will keep your children busy for hours with exciting and educational FUN. Go HERE or click the iTunes logo to grab your copy of “Charlie” at this exceptionally low price. Hurry! The sale ends 6/16!


Something To Do:

I thought I’d get you started inside the wonderful pages of this interactive guide with our Chocolate River Covered Pretzels.



  • 24 pretzel rods
  • 12 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • An assortment of your favorite sprinkles
  • 1 tbsp. shortening

 Cooking Utensils

  • waxed paper
  • Non-metal spatula or spoon
  • Double boiler, or a pot and a non-reactive heat-proof bowl.

 Step 1: Tempering Chocolate

 Set a long piece of waxed paper on your work surface. (if it slides too much, place a damp paper towel or dish towel beneath it.)

Place the chocolate chips and the shortening in a double boiler or in a non-reactive bowl set on top of a pot containing an inch or so of simmering water. It’s very important to make sure the double boiler insert or bowl does not touch the water. Stir the chips and shortening until completely melted and well blended.

 Note: Some people may prefer to melt chocolate in a microwave but it is much more difficult to evenly control the heat. Remember, tempering is about heating chocolate very slowly. In a microwave, the chocolate may get too hot in spots and turn into a big clump of unmanageable goo. If you decide to use a microwave, stir the chocolate every 20 seconds or so to more evenly distribute the heat.

 Step 2: Dipping the Pretzels

  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. If you don’t have a cookie sheet, just place a sheet of waxed paper on your work surface.
  2. Take a pretzel rod and hold it by one end.
  3. Starting at the top of the chocolate River, roll the pretzel down toward the bottom. Repeat until the pretzel rod is well-coated.
  4. Place the coated pretzel on the waxed paper to cool.
  5. Continue with the remaining pretzel rods.
  6. shake your favorite sprinkles all over them quickly before they dry or they won’t stick.


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

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter…

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Happy Passover…

…….from all of us at The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!


February Sweet Reads from KiteReaders

It’s SWEET  READS month at KiteReaders!



 KiteReaders, a market leader in rapidly growing Kids Picture eBook market, produces quality picture eBooks for kids and distributes them on Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook stores. Owners Chintu and Aarti have been a huge and very appreciated part of our own The Ultimate Guide to Charlie’s creation and success.

“While kids are crazy about tablets, they’ve many choices so we strive to provide them a fun and engaging reading experience! One that helps kids develop valuable literacy skills.”-KiteReaders

  • Based in San Francisco Bay area and founded by two Yahoo! alums who are well-versed in mobile & publishing technologies; parents of elementary school children; and passionate about promoting literacy among young children. Check their story here.
  • Catalog of quality ~100 children’s book titles
  • Seven ebook design awards [competing against best children’s book publishers – Disney, Chronicle, HarperCollins etc.]
  • Multiple children’s best-sellers on top three eBook retailers – Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple
  • KiteReaders’s titles have been featured numerous times by the top three ebook retailers within their respective stores

Read more about KiteReaders HERE and keep checking their Facebook page to see which special deals we have for you throughout this month!

AND KiteReader’s very own team member Sonia has also joined us for a quick stroll memory lane as she shares one of her favorite books as a child, “Abel’s Island” on Jump Into A Book‘s FAMILY BOOK FESTIVAL 2013!

If you haven’t popped by Jump Into a Book lately, please do. We are very excited about our February Family Book Festival and just can’t wait to share the next participant’s story and activity. Hope to see you there!

Family Book Festival
Valarie BudayrValarie Budayr is the founder of Audrey Press and author of the books The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide To Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. She is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and when she isn’t jumping into a book and creating wildly inventive adventures, she is “mom” to three uber creative children, married to a wonderfully patient man who has come to love yarn, proud owner of one adored cat, and the Fox Whisperer to lots and lots of Foxes (that come and go as they please). You can also find Valarie on Facebook at or on Twitter at @ValarieBudayr.

The Ultimate Guide to Charlie Year in Review and a Free Gift

What a wildly wonderful and wacky year 2012 has been.

The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was launched as an enhanced e-book on June 21st 2012 on iTunes on the iBookstore and it was off to the races. Life has been a delightful blur ever since as Charlie touched families, schools, and organizations around the world. Here’s a few of out favorite moments of 2012:

Charlie pdf: Thanks to overwhelming requests and feedback from readers, we opted to spread the “Charlie love” to our friends and readers who asked for a “screen-free’ version of Charlie’s wonderful story and activities. PRESTO: The Ultimate Guide to Charlie in PDF version was born.

The Golden Ticket Giveaway: In September we experienced without a doubt one of the largest and most successful giveaways we have ever offered. With help from the Ultimate Charlie team and Five Very Special Bloggers we gave away an Apple iPad and a slug of other gifts to several lucky winners. I think we are still trying to recover.

The Golden Ticket Giveaway

An Invitation From Apple: Just in time for the holidays, Charlie got the much coveted nod from Apple’s iTunes to be a part of their Cyber Week “Books Under $2.99″ Campaign.

Charlie hits #1 !!!!(only Indie in the top 100): What a wild ride it was! On offer for the whole month of December The Ultimate Guide to Charlie was in the #1 spot on the iBookstore. Fueled by Charlie buzz, holiday shopping, and an awesome 50% off the $7.99 price, Charlie was like a rocket on the charts. As of 12/26/12, Charlie was still not only charting, but still listed on the “What’s Hot” list and #225 in all book sales. We are still holding the price at $3.99, so if you have not gotten your copy, do it soon! Visit iTunes HERE.

The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Wins QED Award!!: Publishing Innovation Awards Bestows Prestigious QED Seal to The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

QED Award

“A well-crafted ebook is essential both from the reader’s perspective, as well as the publishers’—a reader will respond to a well-crafted, beautifully designed ebook. They will feel like they got their money’s worth when they interact with a professional-quality product. A quality ebook is going to be increasingly crucial as a component of a publisher’s brand going forward.”

Pablo Defendini, Interactive Producer, Open Road Integrated Media

The DailyApp Show Appearance: It was a proud moment as well when the DailyApp Show featured Charlie. Their brilliantly done video helped views and future readers see Charlie and “get” how an enhanced digital ebook is read.


Our Dedicated Bloggers from our Charlie Blog Tour:

They say “it takes a village to raise a child“…well it takes a village to launch a book too! We want to say a huge “THANK YOU” to the wonderful blogs and bloggers who participated in The Ultimate Guide to Charlie Blog Tour:


As our way of saying “Thank You” for such an amazing 2012, we want you to have the opportunity to print your own…..

Copy of The Book-Jumper’s Manifesto Tree:


Hand-crafted by the imaginative mind of The Fox Diaries and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’s graphic/book designer Roscoe Welply, this fun, fact-filled, and colorful poster will help shed some light on the question “what is a book jumper?”

See you in 2013 :)

Merry Christmas from all of us at The Ultimate Guide to Charlie!

Celebrating the Holidays with a Very Fun Video

We’re all ready for the holidays ahead. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Now that everything’s finished and we’re just awaiting the big day, I had a little fun making this “Charlie” video. Hope you enjoy it. Today, we’ve learned that the Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is still on the iTunes top 100 chart of Children’s non-fiction on the iBookstore. Thank you for celebrating all of our joys this past year,and for all your support which has taken us all the way to #1 on iTunes/iBookstore. Best Wishes and Happy Holidays.

Children’s Book Reaches #1 on iBookstore-Ultimate Guide to Charlie & the Chocolate Factory


The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is at $3.99 on iTunes/iBookstore (that’s 50% off!). For non -iPad/iPhone/iPod users, get the pdf version for $9.95 using the code word “holiday” during checkout. Our beloved The Fox Diaries is discounted over at Amazon as well for 10.91, and the e-version (which is read aloud by the author) is 4.99 at both Barnes&Noble and on the iBookstore.

PRNewswire:Family Fun Begins with New Children’s Book, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Family Fun Begins with New Children’s Book, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (via PR Newswire)

MARYVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Just in time for summer fun, the creative team of Valarie Budayr and Roscoe Welply have written an entertaining and educational new children’s book, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (, that will…

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Spotlight On a Supporter: Thaleia Maher from Something 2 Offer

We were so grateful and excited when Thaleia from Something 2 Offer offered to read and review The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with her beautiful family. Here’s an excerpt:

“My children are deprived. They are not allowed to watch Alice in Wonderland or Charlie in the Chocolate Factory (you know the creepy ones with Johnny Depp.) I have to say I am really disappointed in current media’s representation of these two classics since I grew up watching Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory! I really would love to share with my children some of the joys of my childhood!

Well, now I can with  Jump Into a Book’s The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Wow, Audrey Press’ and Valarie Budayr’s Jump Into a Book concept is absolutely amazing! You will get to experience a book like no other! Yes, it is digital. Yes, it is media, but the great oldies but goodies are here to stay! This digital option allows for expanded learning before or after reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (I just downloaded the audiobook from our local library!) I know they are going to be very excited to hear the book before we watch the video. After that we will be diving back into The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for even more fun!”

To read the rest of Thaleia’s review and see the awesome pictures of her kids enjoying Charlie activities, go HERE.

ALSO!! WE have VERY exciting News! Apple’s iBookstore and our friends at KiteReaders have selected Charlie to be included in their Cyber Week “Books for $2.99″ Promotions!

Not only is this a huge honor for us, but an excellent opportunity for you get get your copy of Charlie for a greatly reduced price!

Want grab a copy? GREAT. This promotion only goes until 12/4/12 so don’t delay. Go HERE to get your copy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!