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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator


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ISBN13: 9780142410325
ISBN10: 0142410322
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Now that he's won the chocolate factory, what's next for Charlie?

Last seen flying through the sky in a giant elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket's back for another adventure. When the giant elevator picks up speed, Charlie, Willy Wonka, and the gang are sent hurtling through space and time. Visiting the world' first space hotel, battling the dreaded Vermicious Knids, and saving the world are only a few stops along this remarkable, intergalactic joyride.


Charlie and Willy Wonka are back, this time in a fantastic journey to outer space in their glass elevator.

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing childrens stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

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Home School Book Review, October 16, 2012 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
At the end of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Buckett, who has just won a whole chocolate factory from Willy Wonka the eccentric candy maker, is flying through the sky in a great glass elevator along with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Buckett, his grandparents, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, and Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina, and Mr. Wonka. They visit the world’s first space hotel, but the astronauts who are shuttling the staff to the hotel, and everyone on earth watching the proceedings, including President of the United States Lancelot R. Gilligrass, think that the glass elevator is a space capsule carrying aliens. Then when Charlie and the others land on the space hotel, they find that it has been invaded by real aliens. Who are the invaders? Where did they come from? Will Charlie and his friends escape or will they be gobbled up by the aliens?

Roald Dahl has written some good books and some not-so-good ones. James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox are all right but nothing to write home about. The Vicar of Nibbleswick is not among my favorites. And Mathilda is one with which I definitely have some objections. However, I really liked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was a fun story that also illustrated some good principles. Sequels are seldom as good as the originals, and that is the case here. It seems as if Dahl was pressed to provide a follow-up and did so without a real cohesive theme. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is certainly not a bad book, and most kids will probably like it. A few common euphemisms (heck, golly, gee) occur; the phrase “O my lord” is used once as an interjection; the Nanny-Vice-President sings of the President, “I used to sit him on the pot and wait for him to wee;” and there is a reference to drinking gin. Otherwise, it is a somewhat silly children’s tale, and there is nothing necessarily wrong with that. But it is a bit disconnected and lacks much of the charm of its predecessor.
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Dahl, Roald
Puffin Books
Blake, Quentin
Dahl, D.
Blake, Quentin
Hodge, Douglas
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Action & Adventure - General
Science fiction
Humorous Stories
Action & Adventure
Fantasy & Magic
Childrens classics
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
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