BOOK REVIEW: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – by Roald Dahl


Title: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
(Charlie Bucket Series #1)
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: Children, Fantasy, Fiction
First published: 1964
Finished reading: January 31st 2015
Pages: 189
Rating 3,5

“Mr. Wonka: “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted.”
Charlie Bucket: “What happened?”
Mr. Wonka: “He lived happily ever after.”


I was looking for something interesting to watch on TV the other day when I bumped into the Johnny Depp version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. I immediately started craving both chocolate and a Roald Dahl reread… And I decided to just give into both temptations. I’ve always loved Dahl‘s books as a kid and while this reread as an adult takes away some of its magic, there is no doubt I would read this to my hypothetical child. This is the perfect book for funny voices and reading out loud to kids! Plus, it’s about the most amazing chocolate factory ever, and who doesn’t like something sweet? 3.5 stars for the high nostalgic factor and great prose for children. The excessive use of exclamation marks does become annoying when you read it as an adult, beware!


Willy Wonka is finally opening his world famous chocolate factory, but under one condition: only five children and two of their relatives will be allowed inside. Wonka has hidden five golden tickets inside his chocolate bars, and soon the world is going crazy trying to find the tickets. Soon four tickets were found; the first a fat boy named Augustus Gloop, the second a spoiled brat named Veruca Salt, the third Violet Beauregarde the gum-chewer and the last Mike Teavea, the boy who doesn’t like chocolate but loves his TV. Poor Charlie Bucket didn’t have the same chances at finding the golden ticket. His family is only able to buy him one chocolate bar a year, but luck is finally at his side. The day before the factory visit, he finds money on the street and when he uses it to buy chocolate he finds the golden ticket! He and his grandpa are now going inside the factory as well, and they will never be hungry again with the lifetime supply of chocolate Willy Wonka gives to all five winners. And that is not all; at the end of the visit Willy Wonka will pick one child that wins a special prize!


Charlie And The Chocolate Factory brings back great memories. Even though I did enjoy the novel less as an adult, this is still without doubt a perfect book to read with or to children. There are a lot of funny moments and the prose perfect for kids. Recommended!

19 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – by Roald Dahl

    • Thank you for the nomination! I really appreciate it! 😀 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is a great read… I’m considering rereading the second part as well, but I remember it wasn’t as good as the first one.

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  1. 😀 I LOVE Roald Dahl, although I actually didn’t discover his writing until I was older (like, starting college older). Honestly, while they are definitely fun for kids, I kind of feel like the underlying cynicism makes them a solid read for grown-ups too–you see the whole story in a different light. Plus they remind you of what it is to be a kid.

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  2. Is 3.5 good? I was hoping on re-reading it possibly tomorrow, but I haven’t read it since I was little. Kinda worried it won’t be a favourite book of mine anymore..

    Do you have an all-time favourite book by R.D.?


    • Of course it was still a great read! It just isn’t the same reading the books as an adult and somehow the excessive use of exclamation marks got on my nerves. I’m sure you will enjoy the reread!
      I don’t have just one favorite Dahl, but Matilda, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and the BFG are probably the books I’ve read most as a child. Which one is yours?


  3. I loved this book as a kid, and loved it all over again when I read it with my son a couple of years ago. On the other hand… I then started reading the Great Glass Elevator with him, and had to stop once we got to a chapter fairly early on that had so many racial stereotypes presented as jokes that I just could not read one more sentence out loud to my son. It was a very weird feeling, to be honest, and I usually love Roald Dahl.

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    • I don’t remember the exact details of the Great Glass Elevator, but I remember enjoying it less than the first book. It might have been because of the same reason you mentioned; I guess I will have to do a reread to be sure. It’s strange that Dahl uses racial stereotypes as jokes, because he normally supports the underdog in his stories…


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