(RNN) - The 50th anniversary edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory does not show golden tickets, Charlie, the Chocolate Factory nor Willy Wonka on its front cover.
Instead, it features a little blond girl dressed up in stylish clothes - almost too old for her - staring off into the distance. Comments on Facebook and Twitter complained she is sexualized and said the cover looks more appropriate for the novel Lolita.
Penguin Books, who publishes the classic tale, told the BBC that the cover photo reflects author Roald Dahl's style of writing.
"This new image for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory looks at the children at the center of the story and highlights the way Roald Dahl's writing manages to embrace both the light and the dark aspects of life," the statement from Penguin said.
The new edition was slated for release Sept. 4.
The story is about Charlie Bucket, whose family is extremely poor. He finds a golden ticket in a candy bar, which wins him a trip to the candy factory run by reclusive and eccentric Willy Wonka. The other winners are horrible children, and Charlie's graciousness - spoiler - wins him ownership of the factory.
The book has been adapted into a movie twice; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, in 1971 and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp, in 2005.
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