Kid Konnection: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka has decided to open his factory to the five lucky children who find a “golden ticket” in one of his chocolate bars. Things become crazy because everyone wants one of those magical tickets. The winners are:
- Augustus Gloop, a boy who loves to eat more than anything else
- Veruca Salt, a spoiled girl who gets whatever she wants
- Viloet Beauregarde, a girl who is obsessed with chewing gum
- Mike Teavee, a boy who watches TV all the time
- Charlie Bucket, a sweet, kind boy from a poor family
The tour of the chocolate factory brings out the worst in most of the children and, one by one, they’re removed from the group until only one remains. He learns that Willy Wonka has a huge surprise for him.
I’m very familiar with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, since I read it as a child, read it with Vance when he was younger, and watched the classic movie countless times. It’s a story I know and love, so it was fun to revisit it on audio. Willy Wonka is larger than life and he and the other characters are basically caricatures of their best and worst traits. That’s okay, though, because this book is for middle grade readers who can relate to that and it all translates to a lot of fun! I think I enjoyed this book every bit as much this time as I did the first time I read it decades ago.
The audio version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is terrific and a fun way for the whole family to enjoy the book together. Douglas Hodge does a great job narrating this three and a half hour audio book. There are some sound effects which I found somewhat distracting but children will probably enjoy.
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