Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Graveyard Book & The Girl Who Drank the Moon
I always feel quite bad when I create a post for only one review. Obviously, when I share an in-depth review, that is not the case but whenever I just give an insight about a book and few thoughts, I feel like I am fooling you! Some of you have asked so here is the answer: I publish more reviews on Goodreads than on the blog because I do not want to overwhelm you with tiny little posts. That being said, I have realized that if I put my reviews into groups, it could be a great way for me to share them with you on the blog while keeping the length of the posts worth reading (I am aware that lots of you do not have Goodreads). So let’s have a look together at what I thought of:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This story is a masterpiece. I already loved the movie but had never read the book so when I saw a beautiful copy of it at work (aka at the library), I had to borrow it. I read the book in a day because it was just that good. I read a French translation of it, a very good translation, and my edition was full of the most wholesome and beautiful illustrations.
For those of you who are not really familiar with the story (which does not have to be considered a problem), we are following the story of the young Charlie Bucket. Charlie is a very poor young boy who lives with his parents and his four grandparents in a tiny house. Charlie is cold and Charlie is hungry, but he is the kindest boy ever. One day, Willy Wonka, who created the greatest chocolate factory in the world, decides to put golden tickets in the papers of his chocolates – 5 tickets for 5 children. The children who get access to these tickets will get access to the factory: what a dream for Charlie!
I really enjoyed learning more about Charlie and seeing how beautiful his heart is. It is always refreshing to read Middle Grades in which there is so much kindness and beauty. I highly recommend it, for the story, for the language and for the beautiful illustrations.
The Graveyard Book
A very original book. I loved the messages I saw in it and obviously, I loved the author’s way with words. It is obviously a strange book and a strange story, especially when we know it is first meant to be read by children and young teenagers.
It is sometimes extremely sad and heartbreaking, but sometimes the most hopeful book in the world. Altogether, it is the best mystery book dedicated to children I’ve ever read, even if it is a very strange one.
We follow the adventures of a young boy growing up in a Graveyard. This boy meets people of his age, but he spends the biggest part of his time with dead people. When he was a young boy, he could play in the graveyard with ghost-children but he soon realizes that these children stay young while he grows up. That is when he feels the need to go to school, but with such a life, going to a normal school gets hard. Add a pinch of mystery to it and you find the perfect scary Middle Grade you were looking for !
« Leave no path untaken »: those who read will understand, and maybe the others will want to read.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
This is such a magical and wonderful book. I had heard lots of awesome reviews about it and obviously I had to read it, but nothing is enough to describe that masterpiece.
The language is absolutely sublime, delicate and deep. The storyline is absolutely perfect and I am always so fascinated by those books making several subplots meet at some point.
In the beginning of the book, we are led to believe that a nasty witch kills the youngest child of the protectorate every few years, and that parents are forced to let their child in the forest in order to preserve peace in the protectorate. However, that witch may not be as nasty as they say, and she may even be the blessing of these children, while the protectorate is their curse…
I won’t say more about the plot in order not to give spillers, but just know that it is beautifully written and extremely interesting.
I listened to the audiobook version and I highly recommend it: the narrator just knows how to capture the vibe of each and every character, how to change voices and how to give her voice to characters who normally do not even speak…
if you have a thing for audiobooks like I do, please give it a try: I have rarely seen such a convincing audio!
If you liked that format, make sure to tell me in the comments. If you prefer me writing one post per book, I am open to it as well. Know that I do my very best to provide you with the best content possible and that I am always open to your recommendations. Lots of love,