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Kid Konnection: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

October 12, 2013

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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Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2013 8:11 am

    Your review makes me want to see the movie again!

  2. October 12, 2013 1:18 pm

    Great memories here!

  3. October 12, 2013 2:01 pm

    Like many others, I love this story, in book and movie form. It sounds like a great audiobook, too, for the most part.

  4. October 12, 2013 2:56 pm

    This was one of my favorite books as a child! My kids and I watched the movie several times too.

  5. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 12, 2013 3:28 pm

    I can’t wait to explore Dahl with my kiddo some day.

  6. October 12, 2013 6:44 pm

    My kids loved this movie and the author!

  7. October 12, 2013 6:57 pm

    I should definitely pick this one up for the little monkey ~ he will love it in another couple of years! and I will certainly enjoy listening to it with him

  8. bethbookaholicmom permalink
    October 12, 2013 8:34 pm

    This was a favorite for me too. It’s one of those stories you never get tired of!

  9. October 12, 2013 8:54 pm

    I’m going to have to listen to this one. I loved this movie… both versions.

  10. October 13, 2013 8:39 am

    OOH I bet that is amazing on audio!

  11. October 13, 2013 11:54 am

    Always loved this book and movie. The audio sounds like a treat!

  12. October 13, 2013 3:58 pm

    Love Charlie & The Chocolate Factory!!

  13. October 14, 2013 12:32 pm

    My daughter and I loved this book, too. I think it would be neat to hear the audio version.

  14. October 15, 2013 4:11 am

    I loved the movie, still need to read the book, which I will because I do like Roald Dahl!

  15. October 16, 2013 8:18 am

    I truly wish that Roald Dahl had been a part of my childhood, but sadly he wasn’t. At least I’ve come to know and appreciate his brilliance as an adult.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    October 17, 2013 6:40 am

    I think it’s about time to introduce the Charlie story to Booking Son.

  17. October 17, 2013 9:53 am

    I’ll have to read this to my little one.

  18. October 22, 2013 10:03 pm

    We just watch some of this on tv with Gage. He loved the oompa loompas of course. I have the book but have never read it. How is that possible when I saw and loved the movie so many times growing up?

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