Monday, December 14, 2009

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, reviewed by Neelesh Pandey

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Reviewed by
Name: Neelesh Pandey (10 years)
School: Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School, Humayun Road, New Delhi.

The book revolves around the life of a poor boy called Charlie Bucket, with great dreams and fantasies. His greatest wish is to be able to visit the great chocolate factory in his town. This wish is fulfilled when he wins a lucky draw and is invited by Mr. Willy Wonka himself to visit the factory!

Four other children are invited by Mr. Wonka. They are - greedy Augustus Gloop, gum-chewing addict Violet Beauregarde, spoilt Veruca Salt and gaming addict Mike Teavee. Unknown to the children, the tour is part of a secret contest! The Chocolate Room is the first room that the tour goes through, where greedy Augustus Gloop is sucked into a huge pipe after falling into the Chocolate River. Likewise, all the other children are eliminated one by one. In the end, poor boy Charlie wins a reward beyond his wildest dreams!

The book is quite funny and keeps you entertained till the end. Though the moral of the story is quite clear-that the good person ultimately triumphs - there is something mean and devilish about the way naughty children are punished by Mr Wonka. Mr. Wonka should have adopted less harsh methods to teach them a lesson!

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