Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
How we cite our quotes:
"You must start making preparations at once! Wash your face, comb your hair, scrub your hands, brush your teeth, blow your nose, cut your nails, polish your shoes, iron your shirt, and for heaven's sake, get all that mud off your pants! You must get ready, my boy! You must get ready for the biggest day of your life!" (12.23)
We have to admit – Charlie isn't exactly presentable these days. He's so skinny he looks like a skeleton, and we're willing to bet that his clothes and shoes are worn. But the least he can do is put his best foot forward and make himself look as sharp as possible. After all, it's not everyday that a boy gets to go to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
"Charlie Bucket? He must be the skinny little shrimp standing next to the old fellow who looks like a skeleton." (13.23)
Just in case we haven't gotten the hint, our narrator shows us once again: Charlie's skinny, and so's his Grandpa. One thing we like about this quote is that it's proof that Charlie doesn't quite belong with these other kids. He sticks out like a sore thumb because he's so skinny, while the other kids are plump, well fed, and of course, spoiled.
And what an extraordinary little man he was! (14.2)
Ah, our first sight of the famous Willy Wonka. And he's quite the strange man. In fact, we'll soon find out that just about everything in his factory is strange and, it goes without saying, extraordinary.