We have no problem calling ourselves nerds in this house. We just are. We love sci-fi movies, talking extensively about comic books, and reading. Well, when it comes to me, I USED TO love reading. I haven’t had much time for it since I grew up, started to work 60 hour work weeks, had a husband and kids, then discovered that I could read 500 word blog posts rather than novels. This year, I did promise myself that I’d read more, and encourage my kids to read even more than me. With my son, I haven’t had any problems though.
He’s a book nerd. We gave him a new laptop, Wreck This Journal, and a Hardy Boys book collection for his birthday. The books immediately won out. It’s been 3 weeks and he’s done with his journal and almost finished reading all of the Hardy Boys books. He devours good literature. So, when From Left To Write challenged us to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory together in honor of the book’s 50th anniversary, I jumped at the chance. This was a book that I had loved as a child, and I couldn’t wait to see my son fall in love with it too. We’ve seen the movies, but so much can be lost in book to movie adaptations. We both loved reading extra parts of the book that we hadn’t seen or didn’t remember from the movies. We bonded over a classic book. If that isn’t a sign of a nerd family, I don’t know what is.
This post was inspired by the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Penguin Young Readers Group, in partnership with Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world-famous candy emporium, and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books for children from low-income families, is launching a year-long international celebration.
Head over to From Left to Write to learn how you and your child can have a chance to win the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes where the grand prize is a magical trip to New York City plus much more! For every entry submitted, Penguin Young Readers Group will make a donation to First Book. Then, join From Left to Write on July 24 as we discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a book club member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.