HIS golden ticket gained him entry to the secretive Willy Wonka’s legendary chocolate factory.
And it seems young Charlie Bucket has also earned a privileged place in the affections of readers.
Roald Dahl’s classic 1964 tale of his adventures has been voted the No.1 children’s book by parents of youngsters aged up to 12.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory beat Dahl’s The BFG and Matilda — which were also illustrated by Quentin Blake — to claim the top spot.
JK Rowling’s popular boy wizard only had one entry in the top 15, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone in sixth place. The other Potter books were published too recently to qualify. The poll was commissioned by children’s book awards organiser CILIP to mark the 80th anniversary of the Carnegie Medal and the 60th anniversary of the Kate Greenaway Medal.
CILIP’s chief executive Nick Poole said: ‘To mark our anniversary year, we wanted to find out which children’s books have stood the test of time and why.
‘The findings show the strength of illustration and fantasy in reading choices, as well as the nostalgia and affection that parents have for books from their own childhood.’
The top 15 were selected from a list of books that were at least 20 years old and published after 1936, the year the Carnegie Medal began.
The oldest book on the list was The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, published in 1937. The Potter book was the newest.
The winners of this year’s CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals will be announced in London on Monday.
The top 15
1. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)
2. The BFG by Roald Dahl (1982)
3. Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)
4. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond (1958)
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969)
6. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (1997)
7. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by CS Lewis (1950)
8. Charlotte’s Web by EB White (1952)
9. The Cat In The Hat by Dr Seuss (1957)
10. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (1937)
11. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (1982)
12.The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr (1968)
13.The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (1978)
14. The Borrowers by Mary Norton (1952)
15. Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs (1973)