Posts Tagged ‘Children’

Penguin recently posted a new cover for their new adult edition of a classic book on their Facebook page, and people started guessing which book it was for.

I was surprised and horrified to discover that the book in question turned out to be “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, and that THIS is the cover:

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl (via the Guardian)

This is a rather sexualised image of a girl, who one imagines is meant to be Violet Beauregarde or Veruca Salt from the book, and it sends the wrong message about what the book is about. Don’t judge a book by its cover? How about judging a cover by its book?!

Unless it’s a supposedly clever marketing ploy which they are using to try to make girls read a book in which the protagonist is a boy by sticking a girl dressed in pink and a feather boa? If that is the case, then it’s a bit sexist assuming that all girls like pink and fluffy things.

Given that it’s aimed at adults, the inappropriate sexualisation of the girl is just plain wrong if it attracts men to reading it, and women would just find it bizarre.

I can see why people are saying that it’s creepy because the girl looks like a doll, and i’m not a fan of dolls! I was surprised that the Roald Dahl  Literary Estate actually approved this cover!

This cover makes it look like the novel focuses on the girls in the book, but the book is a about a BOY visiting a chocolate factory, the owner is a boy, and the girls don’t play that big a role in it!

Apparently, it is supposed to represent the twisted parent-child relationships in the book because of the 4 spoilt children who accompany Charlie into the chocolate factory. Ok, so they are a bit strange in the book, and there are some questionable aspects in the book (eccentric recluse of a man hides in his chocolate factory, making up strange sweets, is helped by what are essentially orange dwarves, who invites children into his factory and tests them to find his heir? Really?), but it seems odd to fixate on the relationships instead of the chocolate, Charlie or Willy Wonka himself.

I’ve never really tried to get all “English Student” on this book and rip it to shreds by pointing out all the dodgy stuff, but this cover just seems completely wrong for what is a delightful and entertaining novel.

Penguin, you’ve just ruined my childhood!

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There is an article about this in the Guardian, and if you want to read it, click here.

I have just finished reading “I Heart London” by Lindsey Kelk, the fifth book in her “I Heart” series.

“I Heart London” by Lindsey Kelk (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:

“Angela Clark has fallen in love with New York – and it’s starting to love her back.

But when she’s summoned home to London, she’s at risk of losing her shiny new life to never-ending English rain, warm beer and bad memories. Talk about stepping back in time

There’s Mark, the ex-boyfriend – who she ran to New York to get away from.

There’s Louisa, her best friend, with her terrifying new baby.

And there’s her mum, still talking to her as though she’s fifteen.

Now there’s a wedding in the offing – and everyone remembers how well Angela behaved at the last one. . . Can the arrival of boyfriend Alex and best friend Jenny save her from a re-run of her old self?”

Angela is dragged home to England for her mother’s birthday party and finds herself face to face with her ex-fiancé Mark, trying to keep her mum from treating her a like a child again and also catching up with her old friend Louisa and her new baby.

Jenny and Alex follow her to England, and Alex is introduced to his future in-laws and wins them over. Jenny, still trying to get over her ex and decided a trip to England was what she needed, gets scarily motivated when Angela’s mum suggests that Angela and Alex get married while they’re in England and attempts to organise their wedding. However, Jenny and Louisa don’t always see eye to eye, much to Angela’s dismay as she tries to keep the peace and then puts her foot down before everything spirals totally out of control.

Angela’s ex-fiancé Mark shows up and comes on to her, mis-reading her signs as she is clearly happy with Alex now and Mark ends up facing the fists of several people.

Despite all this craziness, Angela and her friend Delia, the lovely twin sister of evil Cici who has been trying to ruin Angela’s life, are trying to launch their magazine venture in the US, the UK and France at the same time. Angela has a big presentation to do, which goes well except for a small hitch thanks to Cici’s interference which nearly costs Angela her new venture and visa. Thankfully Cici is the one who ends up at the mercy of several rather irritated women!

I like this book because it is funny, especially with Angela’s weed smoking kindly father and slightly crazy mother who actually isn’t such a huge monster as Angela makes her out to be. It’s lovely how Alex turns out to be so aware of Angela’s personality and knows what she needs to hear and so on, he really seems to be her perfect match. The drama of the wedding and the professional presentation work well within the story, and the fights between characters are quite brutal but funny. It’s good when Cici gets her comeuppance for trying to ruin Angela’s life again, and Mark gets what was coming to him for cheating on Angela.

It’s also nice to have Angela go back home so we can see what her life in England was like, and this clash of cultures is interesting, especially when Jenny and Lousia meet and clash as they’re so different despite being Angela’s best friends.

I give this book 8/10 because it’s just so much fun to read, it is relate-able, and kept me hooked all the way through!

I love this book,

“It’s a terrible thing, isn’t it, the way we throw people away?” 

― Kate Morton, The Secret Keeper