Title: Chairlie and the Chocolate Works
Author: Roald Dahl
Page Count/Review Word Count: 178
Before I get to how I actually felt about this book, I should first explain that this is literally just Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, except it’s translated into Scots dialect by Matthew Fitt. It’s basically like a cross between Roald Dahl and Irvine Welsh and it’s highly entertaining.
To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here’s an excerpt from the blurb: “When Mr. Wullie Wonka invites five bairns ben intae his warld-famous chocolate factory, some o them turn oot tae be spoilt wee bampots.”
I loved it, but that’s probably partly because I love words being put to unusual uses. It’s certainly not easy to read this, but it is a lot of fun – and I found it interesting that I could follow exactly along without any issue because I remember the story from multiple reads of the original. And the Heedrum-Hodrums – i.e. the Oompa Loompas – were amazing. Enjoy.