Children's Book Reviews - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlHe's the most extraordinary chocolate maker in the world. But do you know who Charlie is? Charlie Bucket is the hero of this book. The other children in our story 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 And all these children have won a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Mr Wonka's chocolate factory But what mysterious secrets will they discover? Our tour is about to begin.
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Charlie Bucket can't believe his luck when he finds the last of the five Golden Tickets under the wrapper of a Wonka chocolate bar, and wins the chance of a lifetime: a magical day inside Wonka's mysterious factory, witnessing the miraculous creation of the most delectable eatables ever made. The thing is, nobody has seen Wonka or been inside his factory for 15 years, so neither Charlie, nor the other four ticket holders, has any idea what surprises the factory will contain There are two films made out of this book: one is a musical adaptation under the title Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory , starring Gene Wilder as Wonka and released in , and the other produced under the same title as the book, with Freddie Highmore as Charlie and Johnny Depp as Wonka, released in Both films have significant plot differences from the book. A great read, full of fun. The spoilt kids get what they deserve, but the hero, Charlie, is the poor kid, with no money whatsoever. It was not very interesting, The BFG is better.
Books by Roald Dahl
It feels highly appropriate that I am now writing a review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, since 27 years ago, when I was roughly four years old, my dad sat down and read my brother and I the whole thing over several successive evenings. I have heard some people say that when they reread a childhood favourite, they find it smaller and more disappointing than expected. Well not me! I've read the book many times since those initial evenings with my dad and still think it's wonderful, which either means I have the literary appreciation of a four year old, or that I was a four year old with very good taste! One thing I can however do now, which I could not do when I was four, is say precisely what makes this book, published 50 years ago last year, such a classic. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is in many ways a modern or at least early 20th century fairy tale. It begins with Charlie Bucket and his large family, including four grandparents living on the edge of a small town in a state of desperate poverty.
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