UK teachers say Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the book children should read before finishing school, with Matilda at four
Roald Dahl's iconic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been selected by UK teachers as the fiction book all children should read before finishing primary school.
First published in 1964, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of eccentric chocolatier Mr Willy Wonka and his five Golden Ticket-winning visitors, among them the hero, Charlie Bucket. The story has been adapted for the big screen twice, as an opera, and, more recently, for the West End stage.
Earlier this year, Charlie was also the number one choice for parents when asked which book children should read before they turn 16. Not bad for a story that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year...
The TES poll of 500 UK school teachers included three other Roald Dahl stories as must-reads: Matilda - now also a multi-award winning musical - at number four, The Twits - recently revealed as the most-read book in UK primary schools - at number 28, and Esio Trot - adapted by the BBC this New Year - at number 33.