For February's Grades 3-4 Book Club, we read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Alex and Emily was present. Here's what we discussed!
Who does Charlie live with? Where do they live?
What does he get as his only birthday present? And why does he eat it so slowly?
What would have happened if Charlie hadn't found a Golden Ticket? How would he have survived?
What role does Grandpa Joe play in Charlie's life?
Is it strange that no one ever comes out of Willy Wonka’s factory?
Tell me a little bit about the other 4 ticket winners: Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee and Violet Beauregarde.
Which is the worst offense: being gluttonous (eating too much), greedy, spoiled, or lazy? Which of those do you relate to the most? (No one's judging – we're all guilty of something!)
Do you think that Roald Dahl believes that the parents of the contest participants are good?
How do the kids react when they are in the factory?
In what ways does Willy Wonka tempt the children to misbehave?
What can one tell about Willy Wonka's character? Is he likable and kind, or sneaky and cruel?
What is the Oompa-Loompas' purpose in the novel?
How does the theme of karma play a role in the story?
What will Charlie be like as the factory owner? Will he let children come explore, or keep it closed to the public?
If you could create a candy – any candy in the world – what would it taste like and what other effects would it have? Go crazy; it doesn't have to be rooted in reality. Willy Wonka certainly isn't.
Which would have been the most fun room in the factory to explore? Why?
Would you call the end of the book a happy one? Why or why not?
Would you read the sequel to this book, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator?
Please rate this book between 1 and 5, with 1 being the worst and 5 the best.