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Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl: Mini Review

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
Alfred A. Knopf (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-375-81526-0
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Description: When Charlie Bucket finds himself the proud winner of a Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar, he knows he has the greatest treat in the world in store for him. Join Charlie on his fantastic world-famous adventures in Willy Wonka's miraculous chocolate factory, where he sees strawberry-juice water pistols, luminous lollipops, a chocolate river, and rainbow drops -- and has the time of his life.

Mini Review: I wanted to like this one more, but to be honest, I just didn't love it.  I have seen the original movie with Gene Wilder (Who I adore) as well and didn't like that particularly either.  I feel sort of bad saying I really didn't like either the book or the movie, since so many people love both, but honestly it just freaks me out. I do really like and appreciate the moral of the book, but I am sorry the story itself it is just plain odd and it creeps me out.  I found it overly cruel, strange and I have to say I was a tad irritated by the over moralizing of kids who watch too much TV or chew gum -- but than again it was written a long time ago.  I think I will give it to Jake to read, it will be interesting to hear what he thinks of it.

3 Dewey's

I got this through interlibrary loan from Loyalist College (Thanks Marlene!) and read it as part of the BBC challenge I am taking part in


  1. It's funny that kids see things differently because I remember loving it as a child but I think I would feel like you now that I am a mom.

  2. This os one I;ve always meant to read and haven't.

  3. I say just watch the movie Stacy but that is just my opinion -- give it a try it is a quick read

  4. Laura you should definitely reread it now, would love to hear what you think