Sunday, January 11, 2009

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl

First line: These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr. Bucket.

Why you should read this book: Classic children's literature with a moral message carefully camouflaged beneath a rich fabric of delicious fantasy, silly puns, and beautiful nonsense. Poor, starving Charlie Bucket finds himself the recipient of one of five coveted golden tickets, allowing him to tour the top secret Wonka Chocolate Factory, where the chocolate is churned by waterfall and travel is accomplished in a giant, boiled sweet Viking boat, or else by glass elevator. Dahl's creation of a world where a child's behavior directly determines his or her fate reminds readers that fair consequences exist, even when evidence indicates otherwise.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You believe children should receive everything they ever ask for and dictate the course of adult lives.


Comrade Kevin said...

Oompa, loompa, doopity-doo

Dragon said...

strangely enough, that phrase does not appear in this work...