Changing covers of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory over 50 years

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It is difficult to reconcile these as two covers of the same book by Roald Dahl, some 50 years apart. One the original edition; the other the new Penguin paperback edition.

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 7.47.56Surprising cover of Roald Dahl's CatCF


Some of the other covers, via Google image:


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  1. Definitely prefer the original version :) The new one seems to have no relevance whatsoever to the actual story.


  2. The new cover would seem more suited to a detective novel reading: “The dame walked in as I was stubbing out my tenth cig of the morning. I was hoping she was wearing French lingerie and little else under her conservative raincoat.”


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