Series: Charlie Bucket #1
Author: Roald Dahl
Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!
But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!
“I, Willy Wonka, have decided to allow five children – just five, mind you, and no more – to visit my factory this year.”
I should have read this when I was ten years old – I would have absolutely adored it.
But I just read it for the first time at the age of 25 and it’s true: children’s classics can be enjoyed by readers of any age. It’s a tiny little book, but it’s a big story: there’s the good boy with a wish that comes true and changes his life, there are the spoiled kids who get punished, but there’s also poverty and slavery, lots of commentary on bad children and worse parents and, depending on the way you look at it, Willy Wonka is both a hero and a villain. Like every other good children’s book, it fools you with a happy cover and then it gets dark.
This is my first time reading a Roald Dahl book, so I will definitely check out some of his other work. There are two movies I know of that are based on this book and I’m curious to see how well they adapted the story.