YVO’S SHORTIES #32: Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator & Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties: Children edition! I realized I have barely read any MG or Children books in the first half (only the one), so I decided to remedy that by reading not one but two what you call classic children stories. I must have read Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl at least a dozen times as a kid… I was a huge fan of his work and it’s always been great to revisit the stories. This one is not my favorite, but still entertaining enough. And I’m almost ashamed to admit I haven’t had contact with Dr. Seuss‘ work as a child, but it’s good to finally discover it now. Better late than never right?


Title: Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator
(Charlie Bucket #2)
Author: Roald Dahl

Genre: Children, Fiction, Fantasy
First published: 1972
Publisher: Puffin Books
Finished reading: July 5th 2018
Pages: 190

“A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.”


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Roald Dahl was one of my childhood favorite authors, and I must have read his books hundreds of times over the years. I have read Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator multiple times as well, although not as many as some other titles. I didn’t remember why, but now I’ve had the chance to reread this story as an adult, I do understand. While without doubt still an entertaining story with the wonderful illustrations of Quentin Blake and the same writing that is able to enchant child and adult, I don’t think it’s as strong as his other books. Or in fact the first book and highly popular Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. After such a strong first book, the sequel falls kind of flat for me and doesn’t have the same magical feel despite the space adventure. It’s not a bad read and children will still enjoy it, but they probably won’t ask you to read it over and over again unless they are obsessed by anything space related.


Title: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Author: Dr. Seuss

Genre: Children, Fiction
First published: January 22nd 1990
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Finished reading: July 6th 2018
Pages: 48

“Congratulations!

Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!”


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I’m almost ashamed to admit I haven’t had contact with Dr. Seuss‘ work as a child other than a movie/cartoon or two… It might be too late to remedy that, but better late than never right? I was lent a copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and I’ve been looking forward to pick it up. As someone who has had the travel bug for a long time now, I thought it would be an appropriate read, but what I didn’t know is just how much I would be able to connect to this picture book. For a story that is ment for such a young audience, it is surprising just how much you will be able to relate to the underlying message as an adult. The illustrations and easy and well written prose are to help kids understand and enjoy, but I truly think this is a story for all ages. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! has a strong moral message and shows us that there is a whole world out there… Waiting for us to just step outside and discover it. Ups and downs are normal, but the thing is to just keep going. This one will go straight to my must-read list for any future kids we’ll be having one day.


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

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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.”

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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!

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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!

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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!