The controversy surrounding publisher Puffin editing Roald Dahl’s classic novels shows no signs of abating after it was revealed that ‘fat’ character Augustus Gloop will be replaced by a ‘woke’ youngster by the name of Ariel Fernwood.
Fernwood is a nine-year-old girl who believes in social justice and who is repeatedly astonished at the poor working conditions faced by Oompa Loompa’s in the factory itself.
Not content with encouraging the Oompa Loompa’s to unionise, she incessantly questions Wonka himself on the ethical status of his supply chain, and berates him for using cocoa that is not certified as fairtrade.
A spokesperson for Puffin books, Simon Williams, told us, “We felt that to bring Charlie and the Chocolate Factory up to modern societal standards, it was important that we introduce a character who has been awakened to society’s ills.
“We feel that Ariel Fernwood will bring something special to the story. No one really disagrees with anything she says; I mean, why would you? But yes, she is very annoying, like all the other children.
“I don’t think it’s a spoiler to mention that she meets a sticky end to her tour by spending too long ‘taking the knee’ in the toffee room.”