Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Our rating: **½

Charlie Bucket lives in a small house with Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina, Grandpa Joe, Grandma Josephine, and Mr. and Mrs. Bucket. Near their house is a big chocolate factory owned by Mr. Willy Wonka. The factory gates are always closed and nobody goes in or out of the building, yet the factory keeps making candy. Some people report mysterious little shadows inside. Then, Mr. Wonka hides five Golden Tickets in Wonka candy bars. The winners will tour the factory and go home with a life-time supply of candy. Charlie hopes to find a Golden Ticket, but as the family is very poor, it doesn’t seem likely.

There’s some stuff in this book I wish Roald Dahl had left out. Someone made Charlie and the Chocolate Factory into a movie, but I’ve heard it’s not very good.

James and the Giant Peach

Our rating: ***

When James Henry Trotter’s mother and father die, he is sent to live with his two aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge. His life with them is very unpleasant, until one day a queer old man gives him something that will change his entire life.

The cast of insects in this book is hilarious! Miss Ladybug is so very kind, the Centipede is a scamp, and the Earthworm is such a pessimist! This is one of my favorite Roald Dahl books. It ranks with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in my opinion. This is one of those books that is so different in parts, that the whole book is one big unbelievable (is it?), thoroughly-enjoyable, humorous, ride-of-your-life, one-of-a-kind story. (Whew, try saying that one fast!)


Our rating: ****

Sophie lives in an orphanage for girls, where everybody is mistreated. One night, she looks out her window and sees a giant doing something at a house across the street. Suddenly, the giant reaches in her window and carries her off, back to giant land. There, the Big Friendly Giant, or BFG, tells Sophie that all the other giants are mean and ugly. They eat people every night, while he blows lovely dreams through children’s windows. Sophie wants to stop the mean giants, but what can they do?

This one is very funny. The BFG’s speech is very funny. You would probably never think of some of the things that Dahl finds to poke fun at, but they are hilarious. And don’t worry, just like in all of Roald Dahl’s books that I’ve read, the bad guys get their due!