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Author: Valarie Budayr
Graphic Illustrator: Roscoe Welply
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Publication Date: August 2012
Publisher: Audrey Press
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An entertaining and educational children’s book enhanced with animations, games, recipes, videos, and more providing hours of fun for kids and parents alike. Based on the beloved story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this interactive, action and adventure filled delight carries you through the Chocolate Factory with stops along the way to create, laugh and learn. It reawakens the passion of “jumping” inside the pages with each chapter being a gateway into a magical world. With over 20 crafts and activities (including creating Gobstopper Gum and Chocolate Rivers, golden tickets, handmade Willy Wonka hats, etc., this beautifully illustrated book re-lives the wonder and amazement through Willy Wonka’s world of magic. Readers journey through mazes, puzzles and games, with pattern downloads so they can create their own. The best part is that the adventures are done at the reader’s own pace. Experience the magic that only Charlie can create.
About the Author
Valarie Budayr is the founder of the independent publishing house Audrey Press and co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden. She is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and bringing back the joy of reading to young and old alike. You can find her doing that on her popular blog and website, Jump into a Book. Before her role as a publisher and author, Valarie was also a concert pianist and classical composer as well as two-time winner of the National Endowment of the Arts Meet the Composer Award. You can also find Valarie on Facebook at facebook.com/jumpintoabook or on Twitter at @Bookjumper.
About the Graphic Illustrator
Roscoe was born in London and grew up in France. His parents are both artists and his father a world class illustrator who has illustrated over 70 books and worked for many major publishing companies. Art was always very present in Roscoe’s life. He also grew up speaking both French and English. In fact, Roscoe developed a true passion for foreign languages, studying German, Spanish, Latin, Portuguese, as well as more unusual languages such as Guarani, Chamorro, Zulu and even Rapanui (the local tongue of Easter Island).
Roscoe moved to Spain to study Spanish literature at the University of Seville. He then went on to study in the United Kingdom and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies with first class Honors from the University of Wales in Swansea. During the next few years, Roscoe worked as a children’s English teacher in Spain and Japan.
Roscoe earned a professional design certificate with honors from the New York based Sessions School of Design. Since graduating, Roscoe has been working as a freelance graphic designer and has worked for a variety of clients and companies from Australia, England, France, New-Zealand, Japan, Singapore and the USA.
He joined Audrey Press at the end of 2010 to work on the Fox Diaries followed by the Jump Into a Book Ultimate Guide Series in 2011. The first in the Series, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was recently released on iTunes.
Along with design, Roscoe also has a true passion for board sports. He is a keen skateboarder and sometimes participates in local contests. He also enjoys the sea and is a frequent surfer on the beach breaks at Lacanau Ocean, on the West coast of France. Roscoe lives in Bordeaux (France) with his wife and two children.
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Praises for The Ultimate Guide to Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
The Most Beautiful Children’s Book I’ve Ever Seen ~ Bella Andre, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, LET ME BE THE ONE (The Sullivans #6)
As a Life Long Educator I was excited and curious to peek between the pages of The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. It SO exceeded my Expectations. If we only had one gift to give our children it would be the Gift of Reading! With the invent and onslaught of technology many children and families do not encourage Reading. Well, folks that is getting ready to cease! With this book regardless of age you are transported to another Time….through a Portal of Discovery, Adventure and don’t tell the children but also Learning!
The story begins between the tattered and worn pages of an ancient styled book. Like out of the Library of Alexandria. One feels the building excitement of entering a Magical and Mysterious Journey. Adults are provided all the necessary details, tools, instructions, templates etc. that are necessary to provide The Adventure. You can even download the supply list for your visit to the store. From an educational viewpoint the book enables both adults and children to enjoy and experience the voyage together. When it says Jump it means JUMP. Each new chapter is another opportunity for Innovation. Every discipline is covered in a delightful and enchanting way and children will not even realize all the Subject Content they are learning. Along the way, Science, Math, Geography to name a few are taught and done so in a captivating manner. The surprising part was the development of Community! How Fun to enjoy the Adventure with children and families within your own neighborhoods. Think Book Clubs but for Children and Families……..this is an Exquisite and Enchanting Journey! ~ Debbie Saviano
Valarie Budayr and Roscoe Welply’s Ultimate Guide To Charlie & the Chocolate Factory is a true delectable gem. The journey through this book weaves chapter by chapter with games, recipes, crafts and history of the most yummy and enticing delicacies, chocolate, gum, and other treats known to child (and adult!) alike. Perfect for groups, homeschooling lessons or just plain family learning & fun. They have impeccable instructions to guide you including print-outs and questions for pondering. A chocolate lover’s dream book adventure. I can’t wait to start this with my own children! ~ Donna Ashton
The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryis a truly unique experience, and I have never seen anything like it. As I scrolled through each page, I was mesmerized by the beautiful graphics and surprised by how much good stuff is packed inside. My favorite part of the book is that the majority of the activities use items you probably already have or would be able to get at the grocery store, and printable resource sheets are provided. The activities are simple to do, yet creative and relevant to Roald Dahl’s book. Only another mom would understand the importance of making the ingredients easy to get your hands on and including all the printable resources you need. She even tells you exactly where and how to set up the activities in your home.
There is background information on topics such as where chocolate comes from and how gum is made that enhance learning, yummy recipes that are explained simply enough for kids to master, along with full-color photographs illustrating each project and topic covered. The games, crafts, and activities cover language arts, history, science, art, and cooking. ~ Anne from the Learning Table
I am thoroughly impressed by your iBook. I have already recommended it to a number of teachers for the upcoming school year. As a student of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, I am such a fan of how your iBook speaks to so many different ways of learning. I can’t help but think that Roald Dahl would be impressed, too. ~ Jennifer Shanley, CTO | Marketing, prMac | prmac.com