Book Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Everything in this room is edible. Even I’m edible

I reread Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl again. I liked it but there were some things very wrong with it.

Book Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl


Title & Author: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Genre: Fantasy, Classic
Release Date: January 17 1964
Series: Charlie Bucket
Publisher: Afred A. Knopf, Inc.


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 give Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl four out of five hearts because I liked it and it teaches a good lesson. But I think the way the naughty children were taught their own lessons were pretty messed up.

Charlie is a cute boy, he learns a lot and gets a lot out of this story. But how did he ever survive on the same meals every day for years? Which is very strange.

Grandpa Joe is one of the Charlie’s grandparents, who live in the Bucket’s only bed, and once Charlie comes home with the golden ticket he gets out of the bed after spending years in it. How does the old man not have issues with his muscles and bones.

Overall the story is silly and funny, but also very dark. People starving because they are poor, people getting thrown into garbage pipes and other things. And the songs of the Oompa Loompas! They are great.

The Movie(s)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been turned into a movies twice already. In 1971 there was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory the name, which I still find very odd since the story is about Charlie and not Wonka. Gene Wilder played Willy Wonka and this is the version I grew up with and it was next to very disturbing, cute and inspiring. It was very good for its time and I still like watching it from time to time.

In 2005 Johnny Depp played Wonka, this one is brighter and a little bit less weird. I liked this one too, it is directed by Tim Burton (which I love), but it is not the general weirdness of Burton.

Both movies are worth watching if you are looking for something weird.

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