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30 review for Two Classics by Roald Dahl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jade Lopert

    I think one of my favorite parts of motherhood is revisiting favorite books and sharing them with my kids. This is definitely one of those cases. We're reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for a bed time story for two reasons. One, I find it incredibly sad when my children think of the movie before the book in cases like this. Two, it's the best door into the universe of whimsy and fun that is Ronald Dahl.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Great book to read with your kids! We only did the first half (Chocolate Factory) not the Great Glass Elevator. We will read the rest at a later date. My kids loved it, they range in age from 11-4. They loved the ending

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bethsheba Meliala

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory : "But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there." I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with all my heart, so when I first got this book back in 2014, I was as happy as Charlie when he got his Golden Ticket. Re-reading this book as an older audience, it felt different. I still got those happy feelings of a child throughout th Charlie and the Chocolate Factory : "But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there." I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with all my heart, so when I first got this book back in 2014, I was as happy as Charlie when he got his Golden Ticket. Re-reading this book as an older audience, it felt different. I still got those happy feelings of a child throughout this whole book, but there were some little details that I paid more attention to. For example, I never see the moral values of any books that I read as a child, but now, I noticed those values and I will keep it noted. This book taught me a lot about accepting all we have, because there are a lot of people who are in need. But now, I see more things like, how every tiny act that we do can affect our whole life just like what happened to the other kids affected theirs. It's just mind-blowing. I also understand a lot more of the characters and why they are so annoying-ly annoying. Veruca Salt, a girl who is spoiled by her parents, and Mike Teavee, a boy who does nothing but watch television, still remain as my least favorite characters, epecially our young Miss Salt. Violet Beauregarde, a girl who chews gum all day long, and Augustus Gloop, a greedy boy, are still pretty acceptable, for me at least. But, they're all nasty brats. Except for our dearest Charlie Bucket, The Hero, IS SO PRECIOUS OMG HE DESERVES ALL HAPPINESS!! Mr. Willy Wonka, our super weird yet funny chocolatier, love him always! Overall, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was such a wonderful re-read. It's definitely one of my favorite books of all time! I can't wait to give it another re-read!! Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator : "You'll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that." I never actually finish this book (SHAME). But, I've read like 9 of 20 chapters so, I can say that I've read a good amount of the book (NO SHAME). The plot-line of this book was a little bit confusing for me. It was good, it was fun, but it was confusing. I thought I would hate it but, no I was wrong! Roald Dahl 's touches to the story were phenomenal! He added those unique-ly weird and funny extra touches that brought the story to live! Fantastic! Mr. Wonka was even more peculiar in this book, and I love that! We also got a lot more of the grandparents in this one, it was a little unexpected for me, but I really enjoyed it. They were really funny and they managed to brought the story to a different level. Overall, this book was great, but not as great as the first one. I still really enjoyed the expansion of Mr. Wonka's magically weird world. Conclusion : Such a splendid book, or should I say series? I love meeting these characters again and get those nostalgic feels, my poor heart just can't. 4.5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    arkadi cloud

    Amazing adventure for young and old. The 1971 film with Gene Wilder based on this book is a perfect representation of this book but I still enjoyed reading the original. The oompa loompa songs in the book are much longer and funnier in the book. There is a whole space thing at the end of the book that is a bit odd, but still fun. I can see why they would cut all that out of the film. I will hold on to this book for my daughter to read when she grows up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bekah Smith

    First Graders might be the best possible audience for this book. Especially if you have a group of them who love to make up accents for each of the characters! Loved it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle

    Very fun and silly series. I really enjoyed it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Olaya

    Charlie and the chocolate factory 3/5 Charlie and the great glass elevator 1/5 I really couldn't be bother with the second part. Plus, nothing compares to Matilda.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Biondy

    Judul: The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka Penulis: Roald Dahl Penerbit: Puffin Books Halaman: 384 halaman Terbitan: 2001 Introducing the amazing Willy Wonka, chocolate-maker extraordinary! Now in one volume are the complete works of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, two Willy Wonka classics from beloved author Roald Dahl. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka's famous, mysterious chocolate factory is opening its doors at last. B Judul: The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka Penulis: Roald Dahl Penerbit: Puffin Books Halaman: 384 halaman Terbitan: 2001 Introducing the amazing Willy Wonka, chocolate-maker extraordinary! Now in one volume are the complete works of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, two Willy Wonka classics from beloved author Roald Dahl. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka's famous, mysterious chocolate factory is opening its doors at last. But only five lucky children will be allowed inside: Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life. But even Charlie never expects to fly through the chocolate factory in a giant glass elevator! In the uproarious sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Willy Wonka whisks Charlie and the entire Bucket family right into space on an intergalactic elevator joyride and another wild fantasy adventure. Review Berturut-turut baca karyanya Roald Dahl. Beruntung buku ini ada di perpustakaan. Lebih murah sewanya ketimbang minjam Charlie and the Chocolate Factory dan Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator secara terpisah :)). Jujur saya lebih dulu mengenal Charlie dan Willy Wonka lewat adaptasi filmnya di tahun 2005. Itu loh, yang Johny Depp jadi Willy Wonka-nya. Saya suka banget sama filmnya dan pengin baca bukunya sejak lama. Di antara kedua cerita yang ada di buku ini, saya rasa Charlie and the Chocolate Factory lebih menarik ketimbang Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Yang pertama ceritanya terasa lebih berarah, sementara yang kedua agak lebih... hmm, random gitu kali ya. Cuma akhir ceritanya Charlie and the Chocolate Factory terasa kurang nendang buat saya. Saya baru ngeh kalau akhir di filmnya itu tambahan pembuat filmnya sendiri. Tidak mengikuti novelnya. Saya berharap ada sedikit tambahan di akhir novelnya, tapi sayang ceritanya berakhir begitu saja. Secara keseluruhan tetap seru lah. Di sini juga saya makin yakin kalau Roald Dahl memang tidak suka televisi. Kelihatan banget dari penggambarannya tentang TV, baik di Matilda, maupun di Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    Just read this book which includes both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, (5 stars) and it's less popular sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (3.5 stars) out loud to the kids. Both stories are classic Dahl, though Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is undoubtedly the stronger of the two. I think writing to kids is much harder than most people realize and Dahl is a master. His sense of humor as well as his ability to exaggerate his characters attributes to the point of being almost ridicul Just read this book which includes both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, (5 stars) and it's less popular sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (3.5 stars) out loud to the kids. Both stories are classic Dahl, though Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is undoubtedly the stronger of the two. I think writing to kids is much harder than most people realize and Dahl is a master. His sense of humor as well as his ability to exaggerate his characters attributes to the point of being almost ridiculous makes his stories fun and goofy. Yet, it's not just silliness that he delivers. Along with all the laughs he also manages to include some important social commentary. From offering his views on TV expressed through the character of Mike Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to his clever and kooky political satire in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. I would recommend this book to any young reader who enjoys strong, fun characters and especially those who are already a Roald Dahl fan. There's a reason his stories are still so popular. For those who enjoy more contemporary children's authors like Kate Dicamillo and/or Lemony Snicket but who haven't read Dahl's many works, I would say give this a try. As a bonus, this combined addition features an interview with Dahl on the process of his writing that was worth a read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    *The version I read doesn't include "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" part The book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" used to be one of my favorite stories that I had read when I was about the age of 8. This Winter break, I decided to read this fabulous book. The purpose was to feel the difference of reading this book on 8 and 16. The main character; Charlie Bucket is a boy from poor family who really wants to explore Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. One day he gets the chance to explore *The version I read doesn't include "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" part The book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" used to be one of my favorite stories that I had read when I was about the age of 8. This Winter break, I decided to read this fabulous book. The purpose was to feel the difference of reading this book on 8 and 16. The main character; Charlie Bucket is a boy from poor family who really wants to explore Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. One day he gets the chance to explore the factory. Charlie and other kids head to factory with Willy Wonka. Every kid except for Charlie got left out during the trip since they had high curiosity or selfishness. However Charlie didn't do any mistakes and made through all courses of the trip in factory. Later in the book, Willy Wonka helps Charlie's family to live in better life. When I was 8, I just thought the story was interesting, because of the strangeness in the factory and Willy Wonka's peculiar personality. This time, I wasn't feeling the same thing as I felt in 8. I was interested by Charlie's patience and the result for that patience. Kids that had similar age as Charlie all got kicked out, because of the lack of patience. However Charlie was different. When I relate this to my life, I thought that I need more patience in process of being successful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Georgene

    This book contains 2 novellas about Charlie's adventures with Mr. Wonka. The first one, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", is probably familiar by book or film to most readers. The second one, "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator", was unfamiliar to me and to perhaps many other readers. The first book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", is a great story. The movie version I saw of it, with Gene Wilder as Mr. Wonka, has stayed with me for many years. The book and that film version are more or This book contains 2 novellas about Charlie's adventures with Mr. Wonka. The first one, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", is probably familiar by book or film to most readers. The second one, "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator", was unfamiliar to me and to perhaps many other readers. The first book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", is a great story. The movie version I saw of it, with Gene Wilder as Mr. Wonka, has stayed with me for many years. The book and that film version are more or less the same. I cannot speak of the version made by Johnny Depp, as I have not seen that one. The second, lesser known story, was in my opinion, not as good. In that book, Charlie, all his grandparents and his parents go with Mr. Wonka into outer space and end up at the new and yet to be staffed Space Hotel. There they all run into the horrible Knids, a shaped shifting alien race who have taken over the Space Hotel. The second story is just not as good as the first one. I therefore gave this book 4 stars because the first book was great and the second one was only o.k. Had the second book been better, this would have definitely been a 5 star book for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sweet Sacrifice Forbidden Moonlight

    I heard this story from my friend many years ago[ movie ] . But I never have it. Cause I very busy,but when I came to USA. The kid in my host family show the movie for me. I like very much.It's colorfull, some time we had a dream look like this story. And I want to learn English from this story. My host family borrow from library for me.It's like turn to a child agian.Have a wonderful world in a while time.Can got something from this story for still a life. And happy when know some word and can I heard this story from my friend many years ago[ movie ] . But I never have it. Cause I very busy,but when I came to USA. The kid in my host family show the movie for me. I like very much.It's colorfull, some time we had a dream look like this story. And I want to learn English from this story. My host family borrow from library for me.It's like turn to a child agian.Have a wonderful world in a while time.Can got something from this story for still a life. And happy when know some word and can do,"enough"

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Cicatiello

    Imagine going to a chocolate factory all day long with a very "interesting" owner that has one or two tricks up his sleeve. Of course I am talking about "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". One of the best books in the world. This book is about a young poor boy named Charlie, duuuuuuuuuuuh, and his journey through Willy Wonkas Choclate Factory with a bunch of really spoiled kids that end up disappearing one by one. Follow Charlie through this tasty journey full of magic, singing Oompa Loompas, a Imagine going to a chocolate factory all day long with a very "interesting" owner that has one or two tricks up his sleeve. Of course I am talking about "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". One of the best books in the world. This book is about a young poor boy named Charlie, duuuuuuuuuuuh, and his journey through Willy Wonkas Choclate Factory with a bunch of really spoiled kids that end up disappearing one by one. Follow Charlie through this tasty journey full of magic, singing Oompa Loompas, and Choclate waterfalls to the surprising reward at the end. Read to find out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Scott Sheaffer

    Two well known stories by Dahl. I've seen the movie and thought that perhaps the books might be a bit darker and more adult. That would have been cool, but they weren't. They're okay children’s stories, the writing is mediocre and the stories are fun in a chocolate cake with frosting kinda way, mouthwatering to look at, good while you're eating it but in the end not memorable.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This is one of the only times I'll say this but the movie was better than the book. This was one of Rhod Dhal's first books. I think the director of Charlie and the Chocolate factory was better than the book. I wouldn't read it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I read "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to my two girls (7/5 yrs old) and we all loved it. Ronald Dahl had an extraordinary imagination--seriously love him!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    Am I horrible for not loving these books? In truth, I think I may have enjoyed them better had I not seen either movie adaptation to begin with, so I already knew the general theme of the story quite well. However, I never loved the movies either, so I'm not surprised that I wasn't in love with these books. They were both okay, and I'm glad I can mark off that I've finally read them, but I just really couldn't get into them the way everyone else seems to be able to. That being said, I liked Charl Am I horrible for not loving these books? In truth, I think I may have enjoyed them better had I not seen either movie adaptation to begin with, so I already knew the general theme of the story quite well. However, I never loved the movies either, so I'm not surprised that I wasn't in love with these books. They were both okay, and I'm glad I can mark off that I've finally read them, but I just really couldn't get into them the way everyone else seems to be able to. That being said, I liked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory better than Charlie and the Glass Elevator. The second story seemed far more scattered, indirect, and written for the sake of continuing the story, but there wasn't much point to the story, beyond poking fun at ideas like greed, selfishness, and the ridiculousness of the American government and politicians. One of the things that always got me in this story is it seemed very much to be a cautionary tale, in a way. "Don't be like these people." However, so much of it was messages that weren't necessarily children can relate to. The message seemed to be more one geared towards parents and a "don't raise your kids to be like this" kind of way with the cautionary songs that are sung, with the exception of maybe the chewing gum story and the girl and the medicine cabinet in the Glass Elevator. In the case of Mike Teavee and the song there, it was implied that kids wouldn't argue and fight, or even play loudly or be a bother if they didn't have television, because kids would suddenly discover books, and that would keep them busy. Having lived without television, and even at one point without a computer, I can honestly say that's not necessarily true. Kids are more likely to play imaginatively, making up grand adventures, but kids that aren't into books or simply don't love them aren't going to pick up a book because you took their television away, except, perhaps, if there are no other kids around to play with. This is one of those classic stories that's taken me years to get to, since I'd never read it as a child. I'd never had much interest in Roald Dahl and his works when I was younger, and never really got into either of the movies. However, I do know that one of my kids loves the first story (and thinks he's going to read the other one) so who knows. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Anyone who knows me, knows I absolutely love both movie adaptations of Roald Dahl's wonderful Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It occurred to me a few months ago that this story was a book first before it became two movies. So I set out to find the book. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: 5/5. I love so much that both movies captured everything in the book. What one movie lacked, the other made up for. This is a brilliant story for the dreamers, the ones who think they have no hope or chance. Anyone who knows me, knows I absolutely love both movie adaptations of Roald Dahl's wonderful Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It occurred to me a few months ago that this story was a book first before it became two movies. So I set out to find the book. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: 5/5. I love so much that both movies captured everything in the book. What one movie lacked, the other made up for. This is a brilliant story for the dreamers, the ones who think they have no hope or chance. This story gives you hope as you ride through the day with Charlie, feeling all his emotions along with him. I am extremely happy I read the book! Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator: 3.5/5. When I first started reading, I wondered why this hasnt been made into a movie, or if it has why I havent seen it. After finishing, I knew why. This kind of made me anxious. So much was going on, so many things that just seemed far more unbelievable than "Chocolate Factory." I couldn't stand either of the grandmothers. But I enjoyed watching Charlie take charge and learn. The Wonka-Vite was just creepy, so was Minusland. This story definitely didn't have the same whimiscal feeling as "Chocolate Factory" does. My review is just as chaotic as the story felt. Nevertheless, being in Charlie's and Wonka's world is what I love about "Chocolate Factory," so I held on to that and finished the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Imran

    Watched the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 1971 movie first, so when I picked up to read this book - I injected the faces of the actors into the book. I have to admit that personally in this respect, the movie is better than the book. And the book is amazing. Gene Wilder's Wonka adds a lot more depth to the character than there is in the book. I really really enjoyed reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I completely didn't get The Glass Elevator. I understand why they never made a m Watched the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 1971 movie first, so when I picked up to read this book - I injected the faces of the actors into the book. I have to admit that personally in this respect, the movie is better than the book. And the book is amazing. Gene Wilder's Wonka adds a lot more depth to the character than there is in the book. I really really enjoyed reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I completely didn't get The Glass Elevator. I understand why they never made a movie out of it. It's split into two halves - half in outer space and half back at the factory. Didn't enjoy it much and probably best Charlie at the White House didn't get written. I do wish there was more literature on Wonka especially (I'm not even going to acknowledge the 2005 movie adaptation). I'd love to read more about Wonka.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paul Mckinley

    I read the first story mainly to discover how the book varies from the movies. It turns out it doesn't all that much. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka put a certain sarcastic spin on some of his lines, and the storyline with Slugworth trying to steal the Everlasting Gobstopper formula and Charlie and Grandpa Joe drinking the Fizzy Lifting Serum were movie additions, but those were both based items from the book. In the end, all Charlie had to do to become the winner was to not touch things, which seems I read the first story mainly to discover how the book varies from the movies. It turns out it doesn't all that much. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka put a certain sarcastic spin on some of his lines, and the storyline with Slugworth trying to steal the Everlasting Gobstopper formula and Charlie and Grandpa Joe drinking the Fizzy Lifting Serum were movie additions, but those were both based items from the book. In the end, all Charlie had to do to become the winner was to not touch things, which seems a bit anticlimactic, but perhaps is good commentary on children. The second story, the Great Glass Elevator, is mostly just very silly. The first half is an adventure in space which seemed out of character, followed by some more mishaps in the Chocolate Factory where the 3 remaining grandparents take the place of the spoiled children in causing harm through being selfish. There were some funny moments, and some Lewis Carrol-esque playing with words and math, but it's not nearly as good as the original story. It's quite possible this is for nostalgia reasons, but that can't completely explain it. Still a nice quick read for children, that parents will also enjoy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alyson

    I am embarrassed to admit but this is the first Roald Dahl book that I have read. I have seen the 1971 Gene Wilder movie but always found it a bit odd. The book was very similar. What was fun about this book was that I learned to enjoy it more after discussing it with a group of 6th graders at our school book club. Our discussion led us to talk about the 5 children who won golden tickets and their character traits. We had someone who was gluttonous, greedy, spoiled and lazy. We discussed which t I am embarrassed to admit but this is the first Roald Dahl book that I have read. I have seen the 1971 Gene Wilder movie but always found it a bit odd. The book was very similar. What was fun about this book was that I learned to enjoy it more after discussing it with a group of 6th graders at our school book club. Our discussion led us to talk about the 5 children who won golden tickets and their character traits. We had someone who was gluttonous, greedy, spoiled and lazy. We discussed which trait we might have. Sadly, and somewhat naïvely, the students felt if they had a big event in their life, like the other children in the book, they would change. Unfortunately, I think changing our nature is a lifelong process. Great discussion! Popsugar Challenge #30 A book with pictures

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mizzio Batista

    A Magical Adventure far better then the movies. Oh, Mr. Dahl, the wonders you did for children's literature. As part of the Holy Trinity that was my childhood reading, you, Blyton and Rowling will always have a place on my bookshelf. Everything is perfect; the story, the setting, that characters, the songs.... There is so little wrong with it. Although, I will admit to thinking that the 2nd book was weird AF, it still tells a tale that, to this day, never gets old. This might not be my favorite Roa A Magical Adventure far better then the movies. Oh, Mr. Dahl, the wonders you did for children's literature. As part of the Holy Trinity that was my childhood reading, you, Blyton and Rowling will always have a place on my bookshelf. Everything is perfect; the story, the setting, that characters, the songs.... There is so little wrong with it. Although, I will admit to thinking that the 2nd book was weird AF, it still tells a tale that, to this day, never gets old. This might not be my favorite Roald Dahl story, but it's still one of the BEST DAMN BOOKS EVER PERIOD. Three cheers for Charlie!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    5/5 for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I enjoyed seeing the kids at the end, I think that did more to teach a young reader the intended lessons than never seeing or talking about them again. 3/5 for the Great Glass Elevator. It was as zany as the Chocolate Factory but the evil monster killer space aliens (and especially the fact that several unnamed people were straight up killed in space) seemed a bit much and closing in on totally inappropriate for (who I assume is) the intended audience. 5/5 for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I enjoyed seeing the kids at the end, I think that did more to teach a young reader the intended lessons than never seeing or talking about them again. 3/5 for the Great Glass Elevator. It was as zany as the Chocolate Factory but the evil monster killer space aliens (and especially the fact that several unnamed people were straight up killed in space) seemed a bit much and closing in on totally inappropriate for (who I assume is) the intended audience. Overall I’m glad I read these and the 4 year old loved them both. I’m sure his review will be much kinder.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Johansen

    Roald Dahl is one of the cleverest and most creative author there is. His magical books have had a nice impact on my childhood and I will forever remember his works. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of my favorites. I’ve never read the book till now, but I’ve seen the movie multiple times. It was a fun read and definitely better than the movie, which I’ve even grown up with. Book-lovers gotta love the books better than the movies though. But all the funny made-up words and the beautiful Roald Dahl is one of the cleverest and most creative author there is. His magical books have had a nice impact on my childhood and I will forever remember his works. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of my favorites. I’ve never read the book till now, but I’ve seen the movie multiple times. It was a fun read and definitely better than the movie, which I’ve even grown up with. Book-lovers gotta love the books better than the movies though. But all the funny made-up words and the beautiful magic by reading it all in detail, got me enjoying it very well. Gladly giving it 5 stars without hesitation.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zulekha Saqib

    I thoroughly enjoyed 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ' .. throughout the book there are lessons to be learned from the downfall of each child and the songs that the Oompa Loompas sing contain some very important morals.. and Oh, by the way, I would strongly recommend eating chocolate while reading it.. I personally didn't like 'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator' all that much..

  26. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    I really loved finally getting to read the book after loving the movies. The second book definitely took me for a loop. I’m an adult though and I still loved it, I think all kids would like to read it. It’s an easy read. Although by the end of the second book I reallllly wanted to strangle the grandparents in the bed. O,g they are super annoying lol. And they don’t listen. It’s a frustrating book to read now, knowing what the lesson to be learned out of the whole story is. Always a classic!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ria

    I’ve been reading this with my 6 year old & we really enjoyed the first book in the collection, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Remembering it from childhood & hearing a young persons perspective & enthusiasm was lovely but we have given up on the second book, Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator! If these books were not combined on 1 volume I’d never believe they’d been written by the same person! The Great Glass Elevator was just total nonsense!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I never read this as a kid. Adrian was totally enthralled and voiced lots of opinions about the spoiled kids and their overconsumption. It was fun to read and I guess that I appreciated the not-so-subtle commentary about colonial oppression (oompa loompas) and capitalism. But is it normalized if you don't actually discuss that it's exaggerated commentary? Trying not to despair over everything, so we're reading Gwinna next...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lakna

    It's a fun silly easy read. Having said that it took me 3 months to finish the book because I felt like such a drag after some point. Well I may have felt that way probably because I'm too old for the book? But I generally enjoy reading children's books but this was a let down for me. I guess had so much higher expectations for a better story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    This was an interesting adventure story, with a few scary-ish parts. Mr Willy Wonka accidentally brought Charlie and his whole family into orbit, and they have to find a way back to the factory - before it's too late! Lots of super long songs included! I think this was a good book, but I don't think this is one of the best stories Roald Dahl wrote.

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