Book Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


By Kayla Collett


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an amazing book by the famous children’s author Roald Dahl adopted, which was adapted into a movie. Roald Dahl has written many other books such as The BFG, Matilda, and George’s Marvellous Medicine – all of which have been reviewed by Little Stars. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, released in 2005, is a super-famous movie, with Johnny Depp starring as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore playing the protagonist (main character), Charlie Bucket. The movie has been watched by many, but what about the book?

Well, for starters, the book is beautifully written and is about a little boy named Charlie who lives an impoverished life and gets to witness the materialistic nature of humanity by visiting Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

What it’s about

This novel is about a young boy named Charlie who lives a poor life. He learns that there is a contest that requires a person to buy a Willy Wonka chocolate bar to find a Golden Ticket (there are only five of these worldwide). Charlie finds one of the tickets in his chocolate bar and is then invited, along with four other people, to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory alongside winning a lifetime supply of his chocolate bars. Wonka also announces that there will be one winner who will win a special prize at the end of the tour of the chocolate factory.

Each character’s flaws lead them to give into temptation and they are then taken away by the Oompa Loompas, except for Charlie, whose willpower is stronger than any of the other characters. The Oompa Loompas sing songs after each character is taken away in comical, mysterious, and sometimes even painful ways! Augustus Gloop is lured into the chocolate lake but gets stuck accidentally, while Violet Beauregarde (an avid gum-chewer) turns into a giant blueberry after giving into the temptation of trying a stick of gum from Wonka. Veruca Salt then gets attacked by squirrels and thrown into a garbage chute.

Finally, Mike Teavee gets shrunken by the TVs. Only Charlie remains at the end and therefore Wonka dubs him the winner of the challenge and names him the factory’s successor. He then invites Charlie’s family to come and live with him in the factory after all the other four children are sent home.

My favourite part of the book

My favourite part of this amazing book is when Violet Beauregarde turns into a giant blueberry after trying the stick of gum because it is not what you would expect to happen! This took me completely by surprise and really had me laughing hard while reading the book.

Why I LOVE this book

I absolutely love this book because it teaches us not to be so materialistic and get caught up in our own lives. It allows for imagination and creativity to flow through in the form of its wacky and fun adventures. It is also beautifully written and shares many morals you can learn.