Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Series: Charlie Bucket #1
Author(s): Roald Dahl
No. of pages: 180
Genre: Children’s, Classic
Publication date: 1964
Date read: December 20th 2018
Mr Willy Wonka is the most extraordinary chocolate maker in the world.
And do you know who Charlie is? Charlie Bucket is the hero. The other children in this book are nasty little beasts, called: Augustus Gloop – a great big greedy nincompoop; Veruca Salt – a spoiled brat; Violet Beauregarde – a repulsive little gum-chewer; Mike Teavee – a boy who only watches television.
Clutching their Golden Tickets, they arrive at Wonka’s chocolate factory. But what mysterious secrets will they discover?
Our tour is about to begin. Please don’t wander off. Mr Wonka wouldn’t like to lose any of you at this stage of the proceedings . . .
I already read this book when I was younger, but I think I enjoyed it even more now that I’m an adult. Most of the fun of this book is in the innocence of the main character and the story itself. Although, when I think of it, this story is anything but innocent. The boss of the chocolate factory, Mr Willy Wonka, doesn’t really worry about children that go missing in his factory, because it was really their own fault to begin with. “They’ll all come out in the wash.” I think it’s great! 😂 The story also teaches the readers about being greedy, spoiled and obsessed (with gum and television). The children with these characteristics end up with quite traumatic experiences. The main character, Charlie Bucket, who has not much to begin with – but also asks for nothing – ends up with amazing experiences and a bright future.
Add to all this simplistic, but amazing, illustrations by Quentin Blake and you have a great children’s story that’s also enjoyable for adults! I can’t wait to reread more of Roald Dahl’s children’s books.