Tag: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl – Chairlie and the Chocolate Works | Review

Title: Chairlie and the Chocolate Works

Author: Roald Dahl

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 178

Rating: 5*/5

 

Roald Dahl - Chairlie and the Chocolate Works

Roald Dahl – Chairlie and the Chocolate Works

 

Before I get to how I actually felt about this book, I should first explain that this is literally just Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, except it’s translated into Scots dialect by Matthew Fitt. It’s basically like a cross between Roald Dahl and Irvine Welsh and it’s highly entertaining.

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here’s an excerpt from the blurb: “When Mr. Wullie Wonka invites five bairns ben intae his warld-famous chocolate factory, some o them turn oot tae be spoilt wee bampots.”

I loved it, but that’s probably partly because I love words being put to unusual uses. It’s certainly not easy to read this, but it is a lot of fun – and I found it interesting that I could follow exactly along without any issue because I remember the story from multiple reads of the original. And the Heedrum-Hodrums – i.e. the Oompa Loompas – were amazing. Enjoy.

 

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

 

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Roald Dahl – Matilda | Review

Title: Matilda

Author: Roald Dahl

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 250

Rating: 4*/5

 

Roald Dahl - Matilda

Roald Dahl – Matilda

 

I have a confession to make. I bought Matilda at a car boot sale because I thought I hadn’t read it, but when I started to actually read it, I realised I was wrong. And I don’t just mean that I remembered the plot, because I could have got that from the movie. I remembered the prose as well. Like, individual sentences. It was a pretty surreal feeling.

But despite this, I wouldn’t say this is Dahl’s best. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of fun, but it’s just missing a certain something. It reminds me of The Witches, which just didn’t have the same feel as some of his other books, except The Witches actually scared me while Matilda was just kind of so-so. But then I’m the same with the movie, and I’m probably one of the few people in my generation that could take it or leave it.

Still, that’s not to say that you won’t enjoy this, because you will. You just might not enjoy it as much as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or James and the Giant Peach. Either way, if you’re a serious Dahl fan then it’s one to add to your collection, and it’d be a great bedtime read for kids who feel like they don’t fit in at school. I mean, let’s face it – all of his books are worth reading. They’re classics.

 

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

 

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