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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

(Book review by Anahita Gokhale, IV B)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delicious book. I think it is one of Roald Dahl’s best. I read it because I loved the movie.

Charlie Bucket is a young boy who lives his parents and fourgrandparents in a shabby cottage. They are very poor and live on cabbage and thin soup. But Charlie never complains. He loves chocolate and gets one chocolate bar every year for his birthday. He lives near Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, which is shut off to the public for years. One day, Mr. Wonka announces that he will open the factory to 5 lucky winners who find a golden ticket hidden in chocolate bars. Charlie wins a golden ticket and is very excited to go on the magical tour.

The other four winners are Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee and Violet Beauregarde. These four children are naughty and get punished by Mr. Wonka during the factory visit. The greedy Augustus falls into a river of molten chocolate and gets stuck. Violet, who loves chewing gum, eats Mr. Wonka’s gum and turns blue and round like a blueberry. Mike, who is rude and addicted to TV, shrinks and gets trapped inside a TV set. Veruca Salt is snobbish and demanding. She gets chased by squirrels who think she is a nut, and falls through the garbage chute. Charlie alone is a good boy and gets rewarded in the end. (Read the book to find out how!)

I loved the story because it was funny and had a lot of chocolate imagery. I could almost taste the different flavours of chocolate while reading the book. The funniest part was when Violet bloated into a giant blueberry. I also loved that the naughty children got punished and the good boy got rewarded. I recommend this book to everyone, especially to those who love chocolate like me!😊