When we left Charlie, Mike Teavee had gone “running as fast as he could towards the other end of the room where the great camera was standing. … The crazy boy rushed on, and when he reached the enormous camera, he jumped straight for the switch, scattering Oompa-Loompas right and left as he went. ‘See you later, alligator!’ he shouted, and he pulled down the switch…”
So Charlie Club reconvened on Martin Luther King Jr day to see what happened in what might be the longest chapter in the book.
The kids arrived with almost as much energy as Mike Teavee had when he went leaping into the camera’s flash.
We thought we might start with the hat song, and Eva had a great new hat.
But it was when Tara brought out some mazes the kids settled down. The mazes were completed quickly, but the kids just turned them over and drew their own pictures as Tara read the rest of Chapter 27.
The reason this chapter is so long, is because the Oompa-Loompas cannot stop singing! Tara handed out the tiny drums for the last Oompa Loompa song.
After the chapter finished, the kids kept their clipboards and got a special piece of plastic paper. They were encouraged to draw a picture of Mike Teavee, but they could draw whatever they liked.
Because of the shiny plastic surface, they needed to use Sharpies, which they had to share.
They were encouraged to fill up their whole piece of plastic.
Then it was time to put them in the oven.
While the Shrinky Dinks were in the oven, Tara encouraged the kids to look at all the books she had left on the coffee table in the living room. Could they see anything they had in common? It was pretty tricky to figure out at first, since kids kept picking up books that were NOT on the coffee table. But I think eventually we noticed a lot of Quentin Blake books.
After a few minutes we came back into kitchen. The drawings were pretty different.
Not only were the pictures shrunk, but they were a bit thicker and the colors were bolder. Delia and Emilia noticed that when you dropped them on the floor it made a clattering noise, almost like glass.
Everyone’s picture shrunk down.
With the oven warmed up, and things undergoing a change, Tara brought out one of our old treats: Life Savers
We wondered what would happen if you put 2 different kinds of Life Savers in the oven. The kids had lots of ideas: maybe they will turn black, or that they might swirl together, or that it would be just like when we made our own lollipops.
Turns out we were wrong.
One got really goopy and goey. NOTHING seemed to have happened to the other. Tara knocked it with the spatula and it was hard.
Now it was time for the real treat for today: Mike & Ike’s. The kids got to eat a small handful while watching a short video about Thornton’s Chocolate. Thornton’s was one of the companies that inspired Roald Dahl.
Suddenly it was time to go.
Where Mike Teavee can go back into his TV …
Or join Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, and Veruca Salt: