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Playing in the world of Roald Dahl

The children's book club follows Charlie after he leaves the chocolate factory

Kids at the library took off in Willy Wonka’s glass elevator on Thursday.

Children in the Park City Library Book Club reconstructed the famous elevator from Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator." Their model was complete with a first aid kit and emergency levers.

Volunteer Bette Scarlet picked up the book and read aloud as the children made their own candy wrappers from silver foil. The children also wrote the ingredients and nutrition information.

Ben Schloesser, 10, says he loves Roald Dahl for how silly his books are. As a big chocolate fan Schloesser was busy making a wrapper for a German candy bar made fron non-Ivory Coast cocoa beans.

"I like the activities. Also, they give out snacks, usually something chocolate," he said.

The book club for students in first through fifth grade meets once a month. This year it was decided the theme would focus on an author rather than a specific genre because it can be difficult to find a topic all the children are interested in.

Other activities they have done while reading "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" included making puppets and book marks. They hope to have a similar program for students over the summer.

Grace "Zippy" Wilson, 10, loves the book and has read almost everything Roald Dahl ever wrote including his two autobiographies, "Boy: Tales of Childhood" and "Going Solo." She especially likes "Matilda" and the thought of having a special gift like Dahl’s title character who could move objects just by thinking about them.

"I want to fly, I’ve wanted that for a long time," she said adding that would make a great way to get to school.

Scarlet said it was nice to find an author who appeals to both boys and girls.

"I hope we’re instilling a love of literature," she said.


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