I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was in the second or third grade. Reading it again now, thirty years later, I still remember some of the things I thought while reading it way back then for the first time. I think my most sophisticated observation from childhood was --- this book has a LOT of exclamation points! And it does!
In tonight's read, Charlie found a golden ticket. A thought that Charlie might lose his golden ticket (which sounds like our life, where beloved toys get lost and re-found a lot). The gates to the Wonka factory just opened, and we will find out more tomorrow.
I was always scared of the Oompa Loompas, at least in the movie. I hope it is a happy read for the boys.
It is very, very exciting to be reading a long book to them and have it hold their interest. When I had tried showing A longer early reader books before, he was not interested in books without pictures on every page. It was a little bit of luck that we started Charlie and the Chocolate Factory --- A was talking about how much he loves bubble gum (he loves it! and he loves quarters for bubble gum machines -- these are very very hot things in his world right now) and so I told him I have this story about a boy who gets to visit inside a chocolate factory and --- he was interested!
P.S. This was one of our purchases from Sortfloorbooks.com. All in all I was pleased with our book purchases there, even though I spent $8 on shipping, the book prices were very good. Right now they have a free ship code if you are interested -- NRAA033109 (good on $24.99 and up). I don't know how long it will last.