“He should have burped,” Charlie said. “Of course he should have burped,” said Mr. Wonka. “I stood there shouting, ‘Burp, you silly ass, burp, or you’ll never come down again! But he didn’t or couldn’t or wouldn’t, I don’t know which. Maybe he was too polite. He must be on the moon by now.”
Another classic Dahl found on Time’s 100 Best YA List. I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! I love chocolate, whimsy, and books with illustrations. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had all of those things and then some.
Like most of the books on Time’s Best 100 list, I borrowed an ebook edition from my local library. I plan to buy a copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Instead of summarizing the story, as I usually do, I found this quote from the book more fitting.
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!
There is a particular type of dark humor and found in Dahl’s work I can’t find in other children’s books. It is that element that makes reading his books so much fun as an adult. The writing is excellent, but what makes the story even better are the illustrations.
Quentin Blake has illustrated most of Dahl’s books. His twist on Dahl’s world add humor to each story, more so I think to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I giggled at each image as I read.
If you have not read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you must make time to do so. Readers of all ages will find humor in this whimsical tale! I was pleased to discover Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is book one, and the adventure continues in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. I will read book two and the rest of Dahl’s books. I was able to place an audiobook collection of a big chunk of Dahl’s writing on hold with my local library.
Have you read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Have you read any of Roald Dahl work?
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Great review, it’s a delightful book with a dark tone at times 🙂