Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Published by: Puffin Books
Genres: Children, Fiction
Date Read: 28/09/16
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For the first time in a decade, Willy Wonka, the reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, is opening his doors to the public–well, five members of the public, actually. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr Wonka himself. For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. So when he finds a dollar bill in the street, he can’t help but buy two Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights–even though his impoverished family could certainly use the extra dollar for food. But as Charlie unwraps the second chocolate bar, he sees the glimmer of gold just under the wrapper. The very next day, Charlie, along with his unworthy fellow winners Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Augustus Gloop, steps through the factory gates to discover whether or not the rumours surrounding the Chocolate Factory and its mysterious owner are true. What they find is that the gossip can’t compare to the extraordinary truth, and for Charlie, life will never be the same again. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: another unforgettable masterpiece from the legendary Roald Dahl, never fails to delight, thrill and utterly captivate.
This story revolves around a young boy named Charlie Bucket, who is extremely poor, and can only have chocolate once a year; on his birthday. It’s announced that Willy Wonka is to open up his factory to five lucky kids, finding a golden ticket in a candy bar meant you got to visit Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory, which had been closed to the public.
I really enjoyed this, with the exception of the insanely long Oompa-Loompa songs. I skimmed these sections. Sometimes pages of them. Otherwise, I liked it a lot, though I actually expected it to be darker than it was.
I never read Dahl as a child. I like how Dahl gives us a glimpse of bad behaviour and consequences, balanced by the quiet, unassuming Charlie and his devoted family. I liked that good behaviour was rewarded in the end.
I did think the adults and children who behaved badly were pretty over-the-top, and I never connected to Willy Wonka nor understood the reasons behind his ultimate decision. But, this is a children’s book and I can see the great appeal that this kind of story holds for children.