Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is the superb sequel to the ever-popular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.Charlie Bucket has WON Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and is on his way to take possession of it. In a great glass elevator! But when the elevator makes a fearful whooshing noise, Charlie and his family find themselves in splendid orbit around the Earth. A daring adventure has begun, with the one and only Mr Willy Wonka leading the way."A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" David Walliams Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began to write after "a monumental bash on the head", sustained as an RAF pilot in World War II. Roald Dahl died in 1990.Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved children's illustrators and it's impossible now to think of Roald Dahl's writings without imagining Quentin Blake's illustrations.
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Product details

  • 6-12
  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 18mm | 199.58g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PUFFIN
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • black and white line throughout
  • 0141322691
  • 9780141322698
  • 56,880

About Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began to write after "a monumental bash on the head", sustained as an RAF pilot in World War II. Roald Dahl died in 1990.
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Rating details

72,687 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 23% (16,675)
4 32% (23,581)
3 33% (24,229)
2 9% (6,763)
1 2% (1,439)

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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.show more
by Wayne S. Walker
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