Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Joseph Schindelman
Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Great Boy Role Models
Book type: Fiction
Publication date: January 17, 1964
Introduction (200 – 250):
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory novel is one of the classic children’s books that has made its place in the world. The incredible Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book was written by Roald Dahl and published in 1964. The book is a journey full of excitement and fears of five kids who win golden tickets for visiting Willy Wonka’s secretive candy-making factory. One of the main characters, Charlie, a boy who has a poor family. Roald Dahl has paid attention to the little details, showing that charlie’s family is not just poor but destitute. Despite all the struggles, the book shows how polite and humble Charlie is that good karma happens to him. In this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book review, we will discover how this book can have a strong impact on children and what lessons are stored in it.
Analysis and Evaluation of the Book
The Main Theme and the Author’s Treatment of it:
Roald Dahl has blended dark humor with a luscious mystery to create the classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” novel. The author takes you on a journey of joy and fantasy when the 5 winners got their golden tickets and start their tour of the Chocolate Factory. The chocolate factory is owned by a quirky and mysterious character called Willy Wonka. The book says:
“Mr. Willy Wonka is the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen!”
The chocolate factory is like a “garden of earthly delights” that has everything from chocolate bars, to ice-creams to double-deckers, to a river of hot cocoa, and much more. Roald Dahl imaginative story-telling is amusing and timeless including lots of puns and lessons. The author also emphasizes on the situation of a 7 years old boy who, despite all hardships, stays patient. It led me to contemplate on life that how we should be thankful for the blessings we have.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
There are plenty of strengths that I found in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book. In this book review on Charlie and the chocolate factory, I am going to highlight the biggest lesson that children can get is the humble nature of the protagonist. Despite all daily hardships, he never complains about a single thing. He is close to his grandparents and help his family in daily chores with joy. He never demands for worldly things except for his birthday when he gets a Wonka chocolate bar. Charlie wins the golden ticket and goes to the chocolate factory with his grandfather Joe where he finds other 4 winners who are selfish and ill-mannered. Charlie faces challenges at the factor and tackles them with strength and courage just like he does in his everyday life. While the other children are cringing and throwing tantrums, Charlie is enjoying every bit of it. His patience and gratitude bring him joy and eventually he wins the lottery.
One major weakness that I would like to mention in my “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” book review is that there are unkind words and insults used. The Oompa Loompas’s song contains various insults such as “a great big greedy nincompoop, pig, revolting boy, greedy brute”. There are also other words used such as “brat” and “greedy brute” which can have a negative impact on the children reading the book. Another example of violence includes a situation when Wonka tells Mrs. Salt to “go boil her head”.
Rating Matrix Parameters:
- Creativity – 5/5
This book is full of fantasies and mysterious events that fascinate its readers. The thrill starts when a newspaper announces the news that the Chocolate factory will open its doors for five golden ticket holders. This book will make you laugh with hilarious occasions along with criticizing some children for their bad and selfish behavior. This book is not only fascinating for children but for adults too.
- Comprehensibility – 5/5
I would again give 5 for the comprehensibility because the idea of patience and humbleness is a hard to express. The quiet and simple nature of Charlie won my heart and made me think over the fact that how blessed we are. Charlie gets lucky in the end because he tackles every situation with patience and gratitude.
- Structure – 5/5
The book structure is excellent with a lot of reminders of gratitude and patience. Each chapter contains mysterious adventures of how five children got their golden tickets. The story is narrated in the third person and a setting in present. The five children compete with each other at the factory to win over Wonka’s chocolate factory.
My Take on the Book:
A great story with sweetness, dark humor, and social criticism that reflects on the important issues. I found this book very fascinating as it has lots of lessons for the children. Children other than Charlie, are shown selfish and having terrible traits. Bad things happen to them at the factory due to their bad behavior. The character of Willy Wonka having a scatty nature is described so well. The plot unwraps with lots of interesting events, keeping you entertained throughout. I would really recommend this book to anyone who is looking for some creativity and fantasy.