Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (audiobook) by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl, audiobook performed by Douglas Hodge [j Dahl / downloadable audiobook via Overdrive] 

This was an ABSOLUTE DELIGHT to listen to! I’ve read a few of Dahl’s books, and since I’ve loved the movie “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” for many years, I decided to read the book. Roald Dahl has such a great way of writing works that are clearly intended for children, yet he doesn’t “dumb it down” for them. By that, I mean that he treats them like the intelligent and intuitive creatures that they are. Children who are ready to read (or listen to) chapter books are typically bright enough to see past any tricks that grown-ups might want to pass off on them. Dahl doesn’t play any tricks. He calls it like he sees it. Sure, he’s silly as he’s telling his stories, but there’s a nugget of truth within the characters and the life situations. I highly recommend giving this book a read; even better, if you’re able, give it a listen! This narrator (Douglas Hodge) has got some skills!

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Matilda, by Roald Dahl (I listened to the audiobook read by Kate Winslet! Fabulous!!!), The Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl or Twits, by Roald Dahl]

[ official Charlie and the Chocolate Factory page on the official Roald Dahl web site ]

Recommended by Tracy T.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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