Book vs Movie: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

We love books and stories. I read aloud for about an hour at bedtime, and we also listen to audiobooks in the car, while we play, and while we are being creative. I was so delighted in my daughter’s capacity to think critically about a story and engage with how it was presented. Right now we aren’t trying to “do school” because she has a surgery coming up and Daddy is out of town. But still, beautiful learning and critical thinking are happening in her amazing mind!

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Top: little vignette painting I did while we listened to the audiobook, something we regularly do while listening to audiobooks… Make our own illustrations.

Today we finished the audiobook of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory“. So this afternoon, we watched the newer film version. We made a fun challenge: see who could notice what is different from the book (since it’s all fresh in our minds).

My Sweetpea was amazing at this game and pointed out:

  1. Huge plot differences: like the sub-plot of Willy Wonka’s “daddy issues” and how at the end, Willy said no when Charlie asked to bring his family to the factory.
  2. Small differences:  different or changed lines/words and concepts. There was a running refrain of “He didn’t actually say that in the book” from my girl.

For example, in the book, she and I had a conversation about how in England their money is pence and pounds, because Charlie found a 50 pence coin. In the movie, he found a 10 pound note. She caught this and paused the movie to discuss it.

She’s also now running around making silly demands of “DADDY! Buy me a squirrel! Not just any squirrel, I want a TRAINED squirrel!” in a British accent, and we’re giggling (but reflecting) on why good parents set limits and don’t raise entitled, spoiled children. LOL!

This wasn’t a planned lesson. It just spontaneously happened. And I had the opportunity to see my daughter delight in the story/stories and see her beautiful mind at work.

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