Charlie and the Chocolate Factory series

Posted March 6, 2016 in Book Review / 2 Comments

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory seriesCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Series: Charlie Bucket #1
Published by Puffin on June 1st 1998
Genres: Childrens, Fantasy
Pages: 155
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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The gates of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory are opening at last -- and only five children will be allowed inside.

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I love Roald Dahl’s work and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is no exception. What a fun and diverse cast of characters. The chocolate factory is a truly magical place I’m sure any of us would want to visit, and Wonka is a genius.

I’m also very much a fan of Dahl’s dialogue. He seems to like making his characters call each other crazy, and in this book he went above and beyond. We had at least ten lines of synonyms for batty, all directed at Willy Wonka of course. Dahl doesn’t disappoint. His writing is whimsical.

He also has skill in creating truly nasty characters, as seen with many of his other books, but I didn’t feel that was the case here. Just an interesting thing to note. The children here were rude and/or spoiled but none were extremely cruel and neither were the parents.

In conclusion, it’s a lovely, enjoyable story and I look forward to reading the sequel.

P.S. It’s impossible to read this book without craving chocolate.

 reaction upon finishing

How fun!

this book in one word

magical

Rating Report

Plot five-stars
Characters four-half-stars
Writing five-stars
Setting five-stars
Ending four-stars
Total five-stars

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory seriesCharlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Series: Charlie Bucket #2
Published by Puffin on June 1st 1998
Genres: Childrens, Fantasy
Pages: 159
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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three-stars

Now that he's won the chocolate factory, what's next for Charlie?
Last seen flying through the sky in a giant elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket's back for another adventure. When the giant elevator picks up speed, Charlie, Willy Wonka, and the gang are sent hurtling through space and time. Visiting the world's first space hotel, battling the dreaded Vermicious Knids, and saving the world are only a few stops along this remarkable, intergalactic joyride.

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Wowee. This book was certainly very different from the first. Dahl kept his whimsical tone, but the subject matter was very different.

The first half of the book does not take place in the factory, as you’d expect. In fact, it doesn’t even take place on Earth. They manage to get stuck up in space and have a few adventures. We also get a look inside the White House and get to see the President and his silly band of advisors. They’re all nutcases, of course. I liked it, but it didn’t feel like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I think location was very important, and also, it didn’t seem to be trying to teach us anything.

But of course the minute they landed back in the factory, the lessons began. They were just significantly more morbid. There was the whole business of swallowing too many pills, and the Oompa-Loompas sang a song about a girl who overdosed on pills from the medicine cabinet. Luckily for her they had just been laxatives, but it was still enough to land her in the hospital and she nearly died. I mean, the message is a good one—don’t take a lot of pills from the medicine cabinet all at once—but still kind of horrifying if you weren’t expecting it. And I wasn’t. Not only was it very different from the beginning of the book, but it’s hard to equate that with the lessons of the first book, which were along the lines of “don’t watch too much TV” and “don’t chew gum all day long.” And for all of them, “don’t be greedy.” I guess that one still applied here too.

During the pill escapade, Wonka and Charlie have to once again ride in the Elevator. They go down, down, down, all the way to Minusland, which Charlie equates to hell, but without heat. Goodness, Dahl, that came out of left field. I was definitely not expecting hell to crop up in a book like this. He really pulled out all the stops in this one.

But all morbidity aside, there were still a few fun jokes, even though they were perhaps a bit racist. (The funniest one is the most racist, I am almost ashamed to admit.) And there were also several instances of Dahl’s favorite thing: characters calling each other crazy in various ways. He didn’t disappoint me there. I picked a few of my favorites:

  • “cracked as a crab” (and later a crawfish)
  • “dotty as a doughnut” (and later a dingbat)
  • “crazy as a crumpet”
  • “bogged as a beetle”
  • “batty as a bullfrog”

 

At the end of the day, I didn’t enjoy this one as much, both because it didn’t feel like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and because it got quite unexpectedly (and unnecessarily) morbid. But it still felt like Dahl. It was his signature style.

Rating Report

Plot two-half-stars
Characters four-stars
Writing five-stars
Setting three-stars
Ending three-stars
Total three-stars

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory seriesThe Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets by Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Published by Puffin on September 2nd 2010
Genres: Childrens, Fantasy, Nonfiction
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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four-stars

Secrets and surprises from Roald Dahl!
Feast your eyes on a secret! Between these covers is a long-lost chapter—and the original ending—from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other delicious never-before-seen tidbits from Mr. Wonka's factory. Then slip into some tasty tales from Roald Dahl's life to discover more about the world's No. 1 storyteller. No Roald Dahl collection is complete without this splendiferous treat!

Main Points

I liked this! The missing chapter was quite amusing and very typical of Dahl. There were in fact a lot more children that were cut out of the final version and a lot of details were changed. It was cool to see everything that Dahl had originally planned. It was also fun to learn more about his life and childhood. There were also fun facts about chocolate and a quiz on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which I did fairly well on.

Rating Report

Plot four-stars
Characters four-half-stars
Writing five-stars
Setting five-stars
Total four-stars

About Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940’s with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world’s bestselling authors.

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Majanka
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Not my favorite Roald Dahlb book (I loved The Witches and Mathila the most) but still a very enjoyable read.

Alicia
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Matilda is definitely my favorite, but I really do enjoy all of his. (:

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