From the opening chapter of The Gollywhopper Games, I was reminded of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The author acknowledges this inspiration. Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson enters a contest in the company that has fired his father. Gil wants to win enough money that his family can move away and make a fresh start. The competition is videotaped and broadcast like a reality show. What I found most appealing was that the reader can play along and solve the puzzles along with Gil and his competitors.