Review | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket #1) by Roald Dahl

“Everything in this room is edible. Even I’m edible. But, that would be called canibalism. It is looked down upon in most societies.” 5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: chocolate factories, surprising prizes, unexpected songs, golden tickets, Oompa Loompas, quirky characters, cabbage soup, a shared bed and a lot of chocolate.

Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Gold Ticket from Mr Willy Wonka! I shake you warmly by the hand! Tremendous things are in store for you!

One miraculous moment changes Charlie Bucket’s life forever.

A boy who only gets to eat cabbage soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner finds a Golden Ticket that will take him into Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory.

Joining him on the tour are four horrible blighters:

Augustus Gloop – a great big greedy nincompoop, Veruca Salt – a spoiled brat, Violet Beauregarde – a repulsive little gum-chewer and Mike Teavee – a TV addict.

With a chocolate river, crafty squirrels and mysterious Oompa Loompas, Mr Wonka’s chocolate factory is the strangest, most magnificent place Charlie has ever seen.

What other surprises are in store for the lucky ticket winners?

Aaaaah I loved this book so much! I was such a fan of the movie that I always thought to myself “I really need to read the books”. And now that I finally did, I couldn’t be happier.

I think what was the most surprising thing for me was that the movie is so true to the book. There are a few differences of course – like for example in the book the kids are accompanied by both of their parents and we get to see the news reporters at Charlie’s home – but overall, it was very true to the book. They even used a lot of the sentences and songs in the movie! Ok, I’m done talking about the movie comparisons, I promise.

The book was special, wholesome and incredibly inspiring and magical – so everything you would want in a fantasy middle grade book! This is my first ever Roald Dahl book, and now I completely understand why his books are so popular. The characters are amazing and quirky and every single one of them serves a very specific purpose in delivering a message. 

It’s a book that teaches kids to be humble, behave and be good to others. Not only that, but it’s incredibly fun and magical. I highly recommend it if you like middle grade!

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