Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

AR Reading Level: 4.8
On the library stacks: Juvenile fiction
Awards: SLJ Best Book; Bilby Award
Series: Book 1 of 2

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished re-reading this with my 8-year old son. It was a favorite of mine growing up when I read it repeatedly. It has been over 20 years since I last read it, but I loved it as much as I did when I was younger.

This book is smart and it's funny. The illustrations in this particular version also add to the weird charm of the whole thing. CJ and I would crack up looking at the pictures together. And at the end of every chapter, I would get asked for, "Just one more!" It's a great read-aloud and fun for the whole family--a definite classic.

I have avoided watching the 2005 version of the film because I love the Gene Wilder version. Should I go ahead and try it or not?

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Book 76 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge

Source: Purchased


Anna said...

I read this for the first time with my daughter a couple of years ago, and we both loved it.

I saw the 2005 movie, but Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka is nothing like Gene Wilder's. He's creepy in a not-so-good way. Wilder will always be Willy Wonka to me.

bermudaonion said...

Oh, how I loved this book! It was so much fun sharing it with my son too. Skip the 2005 movie!!

Linda said...

Love this book! Skip the Depp movie. So creepy!

Kathleen said...

This is one of my childhood favorites too and my son also enjoyed it when he was younger. I would definitely skip the movie with Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. I much prefer the Gene Wilder edition.

Avid Reader said...

Oh how I love all things Dahl! What a great re-read.