Review: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Friday, August 03, 2018

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"Oh, how he loved that smell! And oh, how he wished he could go inside the factory and see what it was like!"

by Roald Dahl

4 of 5 stars

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Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: Fantasy, children book
Series: Charlie Bucket #1
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Puffin Books, Penguin Group
ISBN: 978-0-141-96061-6
Year of publish: 2010
Number of pages: 271

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!

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Like I said before, children book was a kind of book that I like the most. The reason was, because children book was a type of light reading, and no need more effort to finish it. Well, actually, Roald Dahl's book have been on my reading list since.. I didn't know.. maybe one year ago? Sadly, I didn't have much chance to read it but now. I found this epub at one of telegram channel that I subscribed. Then, I felt lucky cause finally I can read it.

"You never know, darling. It's your birthday next week. You have as much chance as anybody else."
-- Grandma Georgina
So, if you read about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I won't blame you if you did comparison with the movie. Yeah, you will picture Johny Depp as Willy Wonka. To be honest, I did that too when I read this book.

Just like at the movie, the story began when Willy Wonka decided to open his factory for five lucky children who got golden ticket on their chocolate bar. Charlie is a boy from a very poor family. Buying chocolate was something that really precious for Charlie, because he could only get it once per year, and it's on his birthday. Everyone, start from Charlie then his parent and grand parents, hope that Charlie could get the chance to enter Wonka's Chocolate Factory. So, even though they can't expect too much from one chocolate bar, all of them wish Charlie could get that golden ticket. Long story short, after so many drama here and there, finally Charlie can get that golden ticket. Yeay!

"He spoils her. And no good can ever come from spoiling a child like that, Charlie, you mark my words."
-- Grandpa Joe.
How about the other four? Okay.. Let's see.. when I read this book, I don't know why but I was starting remember the seven deadly sins. There's Augustus Gloop who's really like to eat. Like there's no tomorrow if he can't eat now. So, yeah, I think Augustus stands for gluttony. Next, Veruca Salt. Veruca is a type of girl who want anything. Because her parent spoiled her so much, Veruca thought that he can get anything she want. That's why, her attitude makes me remember about the greed sin. Then, there's Violet Beauregarde. I thought, Violet stands for pride because she was really enjoying showing off her talent--event the disgusting one. The last, a boy who's named Mike Teeves. He really like watching television and I thought he was part of sloth sin. Okay, I know that it shouldn't be like that. But, I just remember about that sin when I read it.
"Are the Oompa-Loompas really joking, Grandpa?"
"Of course they're joking. They
must be joking. At least, I hope they're joking. Don't you?"
-- Charlie and Grandpa Joe
In my opinion, children book is a simple story that can give you many moral values. Road Dahl was succeed bring many moral values with the story of Charlie. Then, if you asked about the movie adaptation, hmm, it wasn't much different actually. But, maybe there was some differences here and there. But so far, I enjoyed reading this book. Moreover, the illustration from Quentin Blake was match with the story. I like it.
"How can they see where they're going?"
"There's no knowing where they're going!"
-- Violet Beauregarde and Mr. Willy Wonka
So, if you wanna have some nostalgic memory about your childhood, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory could be your choice. 

4 stars for Charlie :)

Puji P. Rahayu

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