Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
By Roald Dahl
Charlie Bucket is almost starving to death, but his luck changes for the better when he wins a lifetime supply of candy and a chance to visit Willy Wonka’s top-secret chocolate factory. This novel is one of Roald Dahl’s best written pieces yet, and has fascinated children for more than thirty years. Five lucky people who find a Golden Ticket wrapped in one of Willy Wonka’s wonderful candy bars win a visit to his mysterious chocolate factory. Charlie Bucket is too poor to buy more than one candy bar a year, so when he wins a ticket, his whole family celebrates. The four other lucky children are not as nice as Charlie, and they’re punished for their bad behavior. Greedy Augustus Gloop falls into the chocolate river he’s trying to drink from and gets sucked up a pipe. Chewing-gum addict Violet Beauregarde grabs a stick of gum that blows her up into a giant blueberry. Spoiled Veruca Salt is deemed a “bad nut” by Wonka’s trained squirrels and thrown in the garbage. And Mike Teavee demands to be “sent by television” and gets shrunk in the process. But there’s a wonderful surprise waiting for Charlie at the end of the tour because he was so nice and followed the rules, unlike the other four children.
I think that this book is great for children, as is brings imagination and creativity to the table as well as candy, a child’s’ favorite. The book is filled with mind boggling illustrations and a world that kid’s dream about. I recommend this book to all children and even to teens as they find humor and interest in the naughtiness of the children in the book. I think that this is definitely one of Dahl’s favorite books and surprisingly I found that the book was very similar to the movie.
Why is this book “dangerous?”:
In 1988, a librarian in the Boulder, Colorado public library was discovered to have placed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in a locked reference collection (upon discovery it was returned to the general library) because the librarian believed the book described a poor philosophy of life. The racist descriptions and illustrations being the only things changed in the revision, Dahl obviously stood by everything else he wrote in the book. One frustration many critics shared is that Charlie is the hero because that is his role in the plot, not because of any positive good of noble qualities, but because he is poor, quiet, and polite. A phony representation of poverty is Charlie’s only character and being.