These are children’s classics that all children grow up with. As an adult, I picked up these books for my own children and they were some of the first ones I read at bedtime. It was at this time that I came to the realization that Roald Dahl is one messed up dude, but not in a totally bad way. I need to explain.
There are a lot of more adult oriented themes in his books. There is violence and anger and other issues that may turn some parents off. Dahl doesn’t treat children with kid gloves like many of the authors today. He introduces a little bit of reality into each of his stories. Maybe it was a product of the times. These books were written long before the days of political correctness.
Times weren’t easy and you had to be tough to survive. Dahl made his characters tough and able to meet the challenges that lied ahead. Charlie Bucket wasn’t afraid to tell old Wonka off, which earned him a trip on the great glass elevator. I went back and forth about reading them to my other children. Ultimately, I decided that I want my children seeing Charlie Bucket as a role model than some of the other children’s characters out there today.