Prompt: A childhood classic you’ve never read
Okay, now I see what all the fuss was about. This book is absolutely magical! I’d seen both movie adaptations, but never bothered to read the book. Boy was I a twit to wait so long.
I think it’s already been established, that as I child I read a lot of Nancy Drew books. The thing is, I was really into mysteries. So I devoured The Boxcar Children, Cam Jansen, Encyclopedia Brown, A to Z Mysteries, etc. Very rarely did I read another genre. When I did it was either a Goosebumps book or fantasy like Narnia, and The Magic Tree House books. I’m not sure why I never got my hands on this book since it does seem to fall into the latter category.
Anyway, I can finally say I read this book and enjoyed it. It’s a heartwarming little story.
Charlie Bucket and his family are barely living within their means when Willy Wonka decides to open his chocolate factory to 5 children that find a golden ticket. As soon as the contest is announced, people start buying up Willy Wonka’s chocolates in hopes of finding the golden ticket. Four of the five tickets are quickly found. The day before the children are to visit the factory, Charlie Bucket manages to buy 2 chocolate bars, finding the final golden ticket. Then, the real adventure begins as Willy Wonka gives the children and their guardians a tour of a lifetime.
The morals in this story. A deserving kid is rewarded for being an all-around great person. And the descriptions. Wow! What a beautiful world that Roald Dahl managed to build in such a short book.
I can’t believe I didn’t read this as a child. I think little-me would have liked it. But as an adult, I can honestly say I appreciate its importance. And now I have to remember to buy it for my niece when her next birthday comes around.