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Lit Circles - Primary: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

About the book

undefinedCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books.”


“Mr. Wonka: "Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted."
Charlie Bucket: "What happened?"
Mr. Wonka: "He lived happily ever after.” 

Charlie Bucket's wonderful adventure begins when he finds one of Mr. Willy Wonka's precious Golden Tickets and wins a whole day inside the mysterious chocolate factory. Little does he know the surprises that are in store for him!

GENRE: Fantasy


  • Greed
  • Kindness
  • Hope
  • Poverty vs wealth
  • Repercussions

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Questions for your circle

  • What would have happened if Charlie hadn't found a Golden Ticket? How would he have survived?
  • 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 based on reality - Willy Wonka certainly isn't.
  • The four children who are punished are not the only characters whom Dahl condemns. He also criticizes their parents. How do these parents contribute to their children's behavior?
  • The chocolate factory is supposed to be a wondrous place. What are its most wondrous features? Of its many rooms, which is your favourite?