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Roald Dahl was, by all accounts, a terrible human being.  But he's also the author of several marvelous books for kids, some good creepy short stories for adults and a couple really good memoirs.  He is best known for his great children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made iconic by the classic schlocky movie version, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

This is another one of those classics that has become so familiar that it is perhaps easy to lose sight of its pretty stern moral tone.  In addition to being generally obnoxious, all four of the other kids represent some bad habit of children:

    Augustus Gloomp: gluttony
    Verucka Salt: avarice and greed
    Violet Beauregarde: gum chewing
    Mike Teavee:  excess television viewing

The obnoxious children come to various horrible ends, each in keeping with his or her particular vice.  Meanwhile, it is the good child, Charlie Bucket, who is chosen to take over Wonka's business.

A very funny book that teaches simple yet valuable lessons.


Grade: (A)


See also:

Children's Books
Roald Dahl Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Roald Dahl
    -ESSAY: Roald Dahl’s writing routine involved a shed, a sleeping bag, and cigarettes. (Corinne Segal, September 15, 2022, LitHub)

Book-related and General Links:
    -ESSAY: Little Private Lives  on Children's books including Charlie ant the Chocalate Factory: (Margot Hentoff, NY review of Books)
    -REVIEW: of Children's Books including Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Alison Lurie, NY Review of Books)
    -Roald Dahl Home Page
    -James and the Giant Peach (Summary & Comments, Art and Entertainments Page)
    -Roald Dahl's Chocolate Factory
    -Roald Dahl Club
    -Roald Dahl His life - a short description
    -Roald Dahl's Short Stories on the web
    -Jeff Meaney's Roald Dahl Page
    -REVIEW: of Roald Dahl A Biography By Jeremy Treglown (MICHIKO KAKUTANI, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of Roald Dahl A Biography By Jeremy Treglown    (Ann Hulbert, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of     Roald Dahl: A Biography by Jeremy Treglown At the Heart of the Onion  (Claire Tomalin, NY Review of Books)
     -REVIEW: of MATILDA By Roald Dahl  (Vicki Weissman, NY Times Book Review)
     -REVIEW: of THE WITCHES By Roald Dahl (ERICA JONG, NY Times Book Review)
     -REVIEW: of GOING SOLO By Roald Dahl. (Gahan Wilson, NY Times Book Review)
     -REVIEW: of  BOY By Roald Dahl. (Hazel Rochman, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY: The Children's Canon (Nicholas Von Hoffman, Civilization)