Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Page Count: 155
Age Range: 9 and up
Series: There is a sequel
Poor, young Charlie Bucket lives in a tiny shack with his 2 parents and 4 grandparents and regularly eats cabbage soup for dinner, and the only thing that makes him happy is the smell of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory and the single chocolate bar he receives annually for his birthday. When he finds money on the street one day and spends it on some Wonka chocolate, he unwraps a Golden Ticket which allows him (and 4 other lucky winners) to tour the famous chocolate factory with Willy Wonka himself. Not only is Charlie introduced to the fantastical world of Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, but learns quite a bit about his own unique character as they navigate the wonderland that is Wonka’s Factory and find out in the end that it was more than just a tour of the factory he was given; it was a test, with a life-changing grand prize!
This book is a great read for all ages, especially those who enjoy fantasy and have big imaginations, and the language is pretty accessible for ELs as well. It works out great for reading groups, as I’ve found that most kids have seen one of the two movies so you can compare/contrast those with the book (and show video clips along the way).