Charlie Bucket is a poor child who lives with his parents and all four grandparents in a small house. His family doesn’t have a lot of money for treats, so Charlie looks forward to his birthday each year. On his special day he gets a chocolate bar, which he can savor for months- eating and enjoying only a little at a time. When Mr. Willy Wonka announces that he will be opening his chocolate factory to the public and that to gain entrance one must find one of the five golden tickets- the world goes crazy. Charlie knows he won’t have a chance; after all it isn’t his birthday. But when he finds a dollar, which leads him to the golden ticket- his luck begins to change. The next day Charlie and Grandpa Joe show up at the factory and things really become interesting. Just why has Mr. Wonka opened his factory to the winners? Will the winners get to try as much chocolate and candy as they want? What will happen to those who don’t follow the rules in the factory? You must read this book to see what happens to Charlie, Grandpa Joe, and the rest of the winners once they enter the factory!
I loved this book and even laughed out loud at some of the scenes. Charlie is such a kind character that I couldn’t help but root for him right from the start. He is definitely someone that would be a good friend! I especially like his patience and the way he thinks things through. The songs, Oompa Loompas, character names and the variety of candy made this story very enchanting. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Younger children could read this book with an adult and together they could share many laughs. Kids in third grade and up will wish they could get inside of a chocolate factory to sample the delectable treats! I have read many books by Roald Dahl, and he always surprises me. The drawings that were included throughout the story made it even better. Pick up this book and you will want to find your own golden ticket!
Has anyone else read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Or another book by Roald Dahl? What did you think?
Happy reading! ~ L