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Friday, April 17, 2020

Childhood Favorites...Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Childhood favorites. Everyone has a favorite book or author from childhood. A book that touched them or changed them. A book that perhaps initiated their love of reading and put them on the path of libraries and learning.

Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past. 

Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.

I discovered Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sometime in grade school. I loved it. I loved my hardback book with the pencil illustrations. And chocolate. Willy Wonka, the glass elevator. Grandpa Joe. And chocolate. The naughty kids who all got in trouble and punished in some way.

It was all good fun. Reading it as an adult, is still good fun, but you can see the darker elements. And chocolate. The fact that the family was really starving and destitute. That Willy Wonka probably wasn't a great employer. But, chocolate.

My favorite film version is Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I like Johnny Depp, but I just can't watch the new version.

What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?

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