2nd October '18
I would say that this book is ‘SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS’ – a word invented by Roald Dahl, which means delicious, scrumptious and lovely.
This book truly is amazing. It comes with an interesting title ‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory’ which adequately encapsulates the message of the text. It is a very pacey and eventful read. There is no way that the reader would feel bored during it’s read as there are a lot of events happening to keep up with.
The core strength of the book lies in Roald Dahl’s brilliant imagination and Quentin Blake’s wonderful illustrations.
The story is about a sweet, sensible, poor boy Charlie Bucket. Charlies lives in a small wooden house with his mother (Mrs Bucket), father (Mr. Bucket), Grandpa Joe, Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina. This poverty stricken family is barely able to make ends meet as Mr Bucket is the only breadwinner of the family. He works on meagre wages in a toothpaste factory as toothpaste cap-screwer. The only few thing they can afford and survive on are boiled potatoes, cabbage and cabbage soup.
On his way to school, everyday Charlie passes by Mr. Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. It is no ordinary chocolate factory and Mr. Wonka is no ordinary chocolate maker. He is magician/inventor of the chocolate world, who owns the biggest and most famous factory known for producing the most amazingly tasting chocolates in the whole world. Every time Charlie passes it he gets entrapped by the wonderfully sweet smell of melted chocolate. And every time when he gets entrapped by this sweet chocolaty whiff, his desire to get inside the factory grows more. But sadly there is no way one can go inside it as the factory gates have not opened to the public for a long time. Mr. Wonka shut himself off from the public years before because his workers were selling his new ideas to rival companies. Suddenly one day Mr. Wonka makes an announcement that he is opening his factory to five lucky people who find a golden ticket in his chocolate bars.
Finally Charlie makes it to this amazing world of chocolate through a golden ticket. Besides him there are four more lucky winners of the golden ticket. Their names are Augustus Gloop (a greedy boy), Veruca Salt (a spoiled brat), Violet Beauregarde (a constant gum chewer) and Mike Teavee (a violent couch potato). Inside the factory a series of wonderfully exciting and adventurous events occur which leaves Charlie astonished, amazed, flabbergasted and at times even terrified and stunned.
In the magical factory of chocolate, kids witness a chocolate river, minty sugar grass, television chocolate and a roller coaster glass lift as it elevates the pace of the book to a greater level.
Dahl not only widens your imagination but also your vocabulary as he introduces some interesting terms to his reader, for example – snozzwangers, hornswogglers, whangdoodles, Oompa-loompas, etc.
The book does cater to young readers but is not at all childish in its approach. It has got a mix of sensibility, fun, excitement and humour.
In all I would say it is a chocolate melting, candy popping, mouth bursting, jaw dropping, sugary sweet adventurous classic story, great for all ages.
5⭐️ + 5⭐️ Read