When I was little, I read an awesome book at my aunt's place. It was something about some bunnies...I can't remember what. And it's killing me. Ugh. Anyway, I also read Matilda back then. By Roald Dahl, of course! And I love it. Of course. I didn't read any other books by Dahl though - a very stupid thing to do.
Anyway. I've always (firmly) believed that it's never too late to read a children's book! With me, it's totally okay to read (and love) a children's book - even when you're nineteen, that is. So. I did! You know, like I read the likes of the Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman and found them nice. Now I finally read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
It was like being a kid again. I mean, it did seem silly reading the book now - but I can see how I would have totally loved it as a kid. Blame my house full of Enid Blyton books.
Just a quick summary: Five lucky kids win a day trip to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory - the biggest and the best in the world! A day long tour with Mr. Wonka himself, and a lifetime's supply of Wonka chocolates. Then things go very wrong, as they usually do. But everything turns out fine, as it usually does.
It is one of the funniest and most fascinatingly whimsical children's books I have ever read! And the most delicious one too!! And you know, there is that whole dark side to it. I guess it's more obvious in the movies.
The descriptions are magical and when the chocolate doesn't seem delicious enough (which is never) there are absurd Oompa Loompa songs to crack you up!
Unless you're ninety, in which case you might not like it just as much, read this book! Go, now!