This post was inspired by the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Penguin Young Readers Group, in partnership with Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world famous candy emporium, and First Book, a non-profit social enterprise that provides books for children from low-income families, is launching a year long international celebration.
Head on over to From Left to Write to learn how you and your child have a chance to win the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes where the grand prize is a magical trip to New York City plus much more! For every entry submitted, Penguin Young Readers Group will make a donation to First Book. Then join From Left to Write on July 24th as we discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a book club member, I received a copy of this book for review purposes.
This summer has been a crazy one… We’re in the process of moving into our new space so everything is upside down in our home life right now, and every weekend there is something else going on. Today, our friends are getting married, and I’m just too excited to sleep, so here I am writing my post. Next weekend we prepare for my son to go to Boy Scout camp for a week and the following weekend, we go to Rhode Island to visit my aunt and uncle and retrieve my son from said camp.
One thing we’ve been able to make some time for though is reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After dinner, the kids and I would sit down together on the couch and read about Charlie’s and the other children’s adventure in the chocolate factory with the eccentric Mr. Wonka. Oftentimes, I would attempt (unsuccessfully) to sing the Oompa Loompa’s songs and speak in an English accent any time Veruca Salt opened her ungrateful, spoiled, little mouth. It was bad. Really really bad. But fun. So much fun.
As we read, I couldn’t help comparing the book to the two movies made, based on the book. Have you read this classic? Which movie do you think is more true to the book?
When my son was little, he was obsessed for a short time with both movies. The Gene Wilder version of the movie we called “The Original Version”, while the remake, staring my boyfriend Johnny Depp, was called “The Creepy Willy Wonka”. Everything he saw he related to the movies. When we would drive to New Jersey to visit my aunt, we’d pass the factories just before the New Jersey Turnpike. Big Boy would point to the smoke stacks and shout, “Look Mommy, it’s Willy Wonka’s factory!” When we’d see a squirrel in the backyard, he’d tell me that the squirrel was collecting nuts to bring to Mr. Wonka. Sometimes we’d make up a whole back story about the squirrel and how he was leaving his family to go to work in the chocolate factory.
It was during that time as well, that we took him to Hershey Park.
Sadly, my boy is now more in to video games than chocolate factories and silly games with mommy, but my daughter is just learning the joys of books my Roald Dahl. I can’t wait to read more with her.
I think reading with my children is a wonderful thing. In our crazy world of scouting events, dance classes, playdates, and birthday parties, I’m so glad we were able to find time to sit and go on this adventure together. I think another adventure is in order soon. Perhaps James and the Giant Peach?
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