Hello and happy Wednesday. We’re halfway through the Book Review Blog Challenge and I can honestly say this has been one of the things that have kept me motivated and going because whoever said teaching remotely was easy was full of shit and I’d like to have a serious talk.
On a happier note, for day four of the challenge the prompt was family or anything that reminds me of strong family ties. If there’s one thing to know about me is that my life basically revolves around my family and that they are at the center of my universe. Just yesterday, we got pretty exciting news about my sister who got accepted into her dream university for her master’s, so we all know I was a crying mess. I have a particular love for books about siblings and books that feature a grandparent-grandchild relationship, so my choice was a no-brainer. I selected Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
This is another book that I supposedly read when I was in sixth grade and I’m starting to think that my teacher was plain lazy and she chose books that had been adapted to movies because she knew that nobody was going to read them. There were parts, though, that I do remember having read. Like I said about Matilda by the same author, the plot in the book is simpler than the movie, but there are jokes and comments that children might not get, which I think the movie adaptation simply removes or changes. There is also old vocabulary that I am pretty sure could be considered slurs. I’m not going to mention examples, but beware and also understand that these books are old and that there were things that were acceptable then and unthinkable now. My final warning is towards the very apparent hatred that the author had towards fat people. I noticed it while reading Matilda and it was there in this book. Do I think we can consider Roald Dahl fatphobic? Call him what you think is appropriate to you, I think that he was trying to be funny in a time when it was more socially acceptable to make fun of fat people as it is now. I’m also fat, so I am more aware of these types of comments.
I read this book between April 27th and April 28th, 2020 and gave it four stars. I think by now we all know what Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is about, right? There’s this wonderful yet mysterious candy factory and one day the owner, Mr. Willy Wonka, announces that five lucky children will get to visit it. He hid five Golden Tickets in chocolate bars and the kids who find them will be the ones going to the factory. Of course, that sounds amazing, but Charlie Buckett and his family have no hope since they are poor, but luck is on Charlie’s side because he finds the last Golden Ticket and the chance to meet Mr. Wonka and visit his factory.
This is a middle-grade book, and I thought it would be super whimsical like the latest movie adaptation (I have yet to see the first one), but it was way more tame than I’d thought. What can I say? I expected a lot more. What my teacher heart didn’t anticipate were all the opportunities for conversation about issues like poverty, starvation, kindness, and greediness. I think this would be a great read for fifth, sixth, and seventh graders.
Are you still on quarantine? What have you been doing lately? What’s keeping you emotionally stable? Let me know in the comments.
Love, Miss Camila