Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Book Cover


 

If you ask, this is my second favourite book by Roald Dahl. As usual, Dahl’s best feature are his characters, which do a lovely job of parodying stereotypes of children. I like his wicked humour. This book has a story of a young boy, his grandpa and the interesting characters they meet on a journey. I started this book on Saturday and finished on the same day. Even, Once I read this book while watching the movie based on the book by Tim Burton.

Charlie is the main character; he is hungry and indigent but not greedy. Wonka, the owner of the chocolate factory, invites four lucky children to visit his factory, but he has a secret which he wouldn’t mention then. This book many times shows how he deals with a different situation with a calm mind.

However, other children who are privileged but poor in principles. I like the social commentary,  how the author writes a poem about the disadvantage of Television and how some parents spoil their children by saying “Yes” to everything they want.

This book has delicious stories of various kinds of candies, chocolates, and chewing gums. This book even has a girl that grows into a berry. A boy that gets sucked up into a tube that turns the chocolate into fudge. A boy turns himself so tiny that he can fit into a little handbag, and a girl gets thrown into a garbage by squirrels.  Ompaloopas that sing whenever a person gets in a sticky situation. The tone is perfect for 7-11-year-olds, the characters are colourful and humorous, and the setting is every children dream!

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