Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 Genre: Fiction, Childrens

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Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

Yet another book by Roald Dahl, this one is well known for the films of the same name.

It is an obvious children’s classic that everyone has heard of. It is perfect for children, the idea of touring a chocolate factory with a room where everything is edible?! What a dream! So it was easy to see why children absolutely adore this story.

For older readers it to me gave a completely different look on the story, I no longer just saw a young boy winning a ticket and getting to tour round the factory. I saw a family struggling to put food on the table, a father who is trying his hardest to provide for his family but can only do so much. It was a really harrowing read at the start because you could see just how hard the Bucket family had it, this may be overlooked by younger readers but it really changed the story because it meant that when Charlie found a ticket he knew that their lives had been changed forever and this meant that the happiness he was feeling wasn’t just for him but for the whole family as he knew he had just saved them from starvation.

The fates of the children are covered up by funny songs that the Oompa Loompa’s make up however they do gloss over some pretty dark things like Wonka getting excited at the thought of a child getting burned/squashed/roasted alive etc. there are some darker themes in this book that neither films show and it gives the book a whole new depth.

The only issue I have with this book (from an older and less silly point of view) was that Grandpa Joe who was bedridden for 20+ years managed to jump out of bed and do a whole standing tour the next day. I know it’s a children’s book but really? You’re expecting us to believe that he has not moved from that bed for 20 years but is still ok with dancing round? However I do know it’s a children’s book and children won’t pick up on this, it was just something that did minorly annoy me.

Throughout the book there are lessons to be learned from the demise of each child and the songs that the Oompa Loompas sing contain some very important morals. Morals that I think every child should learn.

I would definitely recommend this to children, it is a book that every child must read to experience the vivid description of inside the factory and all the amazing and weird things that go on in it.

To make the reading experience better I would strongly recommend eating chocolate while reading this, just you know to get into character…yeah get into character, that’s the excuse we will go with.

Rating: 4/5

Summing up: A yummy children’s tale

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