Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Published by Puffin ISBN: 0142401080

 Charlie Bucket loves chocolate – and Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, is opening the gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children. It’s the prize of a lifetime and all you have to do is find one of the five Golden Tickets. Charlie is the last lucky winner to join Willy Wonka in a tour of his factory – where some amazing surprises, both good and bad, await the children.

Roald Dahl has appealed to my son, and his class have read several of his classics, so I wasn’t surprised when he brought home Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for me to read to him.  I remember it being read to our Std 3 or 4 class when I was in primary school.

Roald Dahl has a wonderful way of bringing reality and fantasy together in a story that starts out realistic and turns into a fantasy, which gets deeper and darker as the story progresses, and Charlie’s visit to the chocolate factory is no different.  One by one all of the competition winners and picked off, and they have to be fixed in some way of other, whether it is by rolling them out with a rolling pin, or popping them with a pin… ok, exaggeration, but no doubt Mr Dahl would have loved that idea.

My son and I both enjoyed this story which is a great yarn for kids, with a subtle message about greed and big egos.

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