Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Source: Loaned from a friend
Description: Charlie Bucket is barely scraping by eating a diet of cabbage soup with a bar of chocolate once a year on his birthday. When the announcement that reclusive chocolate factory owner is going to let five children tour the factory if they find a golden ticket Charlie barely dares to hope. But with the help of Grandpa Joe Charlie's dream (and more!) come true!
Why I Picked This Book: I've enjoyed the movies and always meant to read the book but somehow never did
Pro: When I first picked up the book I thought how can this little book have all the weird and wonderful imagery of the movies? But it really did! Augustus Goop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beuregarde and Mike Teavee are really just as awful as possible. Willy Wonka is eccentric and the Oompa Loompas are vividly drawn even though their only lines are songs inspired by the misbehaving children. The sketches really add to the overall feel of the book. This is a super quick read and one I thoroughly enjoyed. Dahl's world is wonderfully weird and one that was fun to visit.
Con: This isn't really the book's fault but I found that the movies are so ingrained in my head and the story is so vivid that I was constantly comparing the book to the movie.
Overall: I really enjoyed this one though I do wish I had discovered it before I watched the movies. I'm looking forward to reading it aloud to the Tornado in the next year or two as I think he'll really love it. If you haven't read it yet you really should just be sure to have some chocolate ready for when you finish!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: I'm already planning on searching the library for Charlie and the Glass Elevator next time I'm there
Would I Recommend this Book?: Absolutely!
Challenges Met?: Alphabet Soup (C), The Reading Assignment, Classics Club, Foodie Reads