Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket #1) by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


You know what’s a great way to start a new year?

Re-reading a nostalgic childhood favorite. It’s a quick, fun way to add an extra dose of good cheer and inspiration into the start of your reading year.

I know this, because I actually did it. Today.

I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a child and even re-read it in high school, but it’s been over 25-years since I last visited this enchanting and mouth-watering tale.

Of course I have watched the movies numerous times since, but actually reading Charlie’s journey in Dahl’s own words has truly reinvigorated my love for this classic story.

In the beginning, when we meet the Buckets, I had forgotten so many of the details regarding the family and also just how tough things were for them.

The build-up as Charlie searches for his ticket, while not as edge-of-your-seat for me now as it was when I was a kid, I did still feel a little desperation, both for Charlie and myself. We needed to get into that factory!

This went so quickly. I had also forgotten how fast the story moves between each of the side characters and their experiences with the chocolate factory. Before you know it, you’re down to one.

I am planning to pick up Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator very soon. I’m excited to continue on, because I have only read that sequel once and having not been reminded of the content from movies, have less of a recollection of the story.

I love Charlie and Grandpa Joe so much. Wonka too. He’s such a great character. There’s many ways to picture him, but I’ve gotta go with Gene Wilder for the win.

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