When I started this 100 book challenge in 2014 with my son just 11 months old, I kinda hoped that we’d be reading the kids books together… And yes, Roald Dahl has made that dream a reality.
At the library one day, this book literally (and literarily?) jumped out at us. We took it home and I started reading it to my 5 year old, then I later realised that it was a book on my list!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book from my childhood. The quirky, bizarre plots of Roald Dahl are unlike anything published prior or since. He always manages to stretch the boundaries of children’s stories without making them distasteful, and most importantly they last the test of time! My son loved it (so much that I listed it as one of his top 10 books for the last year).
And even though I could remember pretty much every word and knew the fate in store for each of those children, I enjoyed reading it too.
In July 2014 I set myself the challenge to finish 100 must-read books before I die. For my ongoing tally click here.Follow @jessieansons