Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Ronald Dahl, Puffin Books, £4.49
What is the book about?
Charlie Bucket is a caring young man who lives in a small home with all his grandparents and his parents who struggle to provide for him. Though he never wants or asks for much, he is beyond excited upon finding one of the famous golden tickets for an exclusive tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory along with a group of other children from all walks of life. Along the way the book stresses the importance of good character and avoiding selfishness and greed in a way that’s easy to understand for children.
Who is it aimed at?
This classic children’s novel is one I would hope all would read at one point or another but I would mainly recommend from 7-10.
What was your favourite part?
This tale has been told time and time again with movies and stage productions, but there’s always a sense of nostalgia with Roald Dahl’s writing that makes the book perfect to pass on through generations.
What was your least favourite part?
This might be a little harder to read as it may seem dated, with the original publication being in 1964. However stick with it and the timelessly relatable characters and themes prevail.
Which character would you most like to meet?
My favourite character was always Charlie, for his flaws and strengths as a young person.
Why should someone buy this book?
For the warmth of the messages of family, resilience and hope. The perfect children’s book for winter.