Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: Fiction, Children
Reading this hugely popular book for children left me craving for chocolate, candy and all things sweet. This is Roald Dahl’s tastiest gift for children, with a fantastic storyline, rich images and delightful verses, making it the most delicious chocolatey story.
Charlie, the hero of the story, is a good, sincere, caring boy who lives with two sets of grandparents and his parents in a tiny house on the edge of the town.
Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina are so old that they stay in bed all day long. And yet they are Charlie’s best support in his quest for chocolate and finding food for his nearly starving family.
At the center of the town stands the most magnificent and successful chocolate factory of the world, run by the wonderfuly eccentric Willy Wonka who is a genius in creating new and exciting sweets.
Charlie longs to go inside and so does everyone else and a chance for that is announced through a golden ticket. Charlie tries to get the ticket again and again even when his poor family who barely have enough to eat back his dream.
Finally, through tremendous luck, Charlie and four other children are invited for a day tour to the awesome and wonderful chocolate factory for an adventure that they cannot forget for the rest of their lives.
What works well
The characters are lovable. Charlie’s grandparents, the fat boy, the spoilt girl, bad mannered kids and the maverick Willy Wonka himself are some of the characters that the children would find fascinating.
The language is lovely for children 8 and above. There are a lot of nonsensical situations that make the reading of the book fun.
The book has plenty that makes the reader go wow and read with absorption. Children have often told me that they would give anything to be in Charlie’s place.
There are morals hidden in the story that makes learning non preachy.
Revisit this children’s classic by reading it aloud to a group of kids. Better still have them take turns to read it to the rest of the group and have some candy handy for snacking.