Friday, July 05, 2013


A book review by a special guest reviewer, Vikram, age 10:

Charlie Bucket lived with his family in a small cottage.  They were very poor.  For a long time, Mr. Willy Wonka‘s chocolate factory was closed. Suddenly one day, everybody heard the gears and machines in the factory running again and saw little people running around.  Now, Mr. Willy Wonka decided to let five children, finders of a golden ticket, one in each candy bar, come to tour the factory.  After the tour, each child would get a lifetime supply of candy. 

The five children were Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee and Charlie Bucket.  Augustus Gloop went up some pipes, Veruca Salt chewed some inedible gum and had to be taken away, and Violet Beauregarde got thrown down the garbage chute, until only Charlie and Mike Teavee were left.  

Mike Teavee complained, “I am getting tired." 
"Let’s use the elevator, then,” said Mr. Willy Wonka. 
Once they were in the elevator, Mr Willy Wonka said they could each choose a button and press it.  Mike Teavee chose the television room.  Mr. Willy Wonka explained that you could see chocolate being sent by television.  He said not to go near the lens because they would send you by television and make you very, very small.  After the chocolate had been sent, Mike Teavee  went near the lens and got sent by television, and he was a midget.  The workers, the Oompa-Loompas, grabbed him and had to take him and his parents so they could stretch him and make him tall.  

So, what happened to Charlie?  Read  the book to find out !  CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Roald Dahl.  

Recommended for readers in grades   4th & 5th.   The story is further continued in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.           

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