Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, #2)
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Charlie Bucket #2)

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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's first space hotel, battling the drea...more
Library Binding, 176 pages
Published September 11th 2001 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1972)
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Jason Koivu
I just discovered Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was written the year I was born. Apparently a lot of my favorite childhood kids' books were written that year. 1972 seemed to be the year of the fanciful/magical and/or pastoral/nature-oriented kids' book: Watership Down, All Creatures Great and Small, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Frog and Toad #2, Earthsea Cycle #3, which might explain a few things about me...but which more likely has a whole lot more to say about where the American rea...more
Jeanette
I remember as a kid being quite disappointed by this book, having so thoroughly loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now I can see why I wasn't that thrilled with this second one. I wasn't into anything smacking of sci-fi or space travel as a kid. There were probably a few exceptions, but I mostly steered clear of those books.

This book is weird. It's almost two books merged into one. The first 92 pages or so is somewhat of a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for kids. It's that weird and off...more
Anthony
“Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator” picks up where “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” left of, but if “’Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ is Dahl at his best…” then “Charlie and the great Glass Elevator is Dahl at his worst. However, children will still love the silliness of it all.

The best way to describe “…the Great Glass Elevator” is clumsy and inane. The Big differences between “Chocolate Factory” and “…Glass Elevator” is that former is silly with a point and congruent within itself, an...more
Debbie
A childhood favorite which was even wackier than I remember it being. The plot is all over the place and takes the characters into outer space to fight an alien race intent on eating humans, back to the chocolate factory, and into Minusland. A fun romp, though not as good as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because of the randomness of the plot. The humor was also much punnier, which is not something I enjoy, and it outdated itself with some racial slurs in the beginning that would have been fi...more
Kynan
I came across a copy of this at a local cafe this morning and read the first couple of pages without any memories being stirred, which I found rather odd as I thought I'd read (and re-read) all of Mr Dahl's books when I was much younger. I grabbed our copy out of the box set when I got home and went through it. As I read about the Vermicious Knids it stated coming back to me.

I think the reason I didn't remember it is because I didn't really like it anywhere near as much as Charlie and the Chocol...more
Kevin Xu
This book should not have been written. I thought it was a pointless book, where it could be an add on to the end of the first book.
Robert
This is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. My heavens, this was not good. This is the only Dahl book I have read to date that did not interest me in the least. It was contrived . . . and contrived badly.

The first half of the book placed our hero and Mr. Wonka in space. Yes, it was a bad Miss Frizzle episode. Horrid, I say. The premise of that part was that the elevator had gone into orbit accidentally and they had no control over returning. After bouncing around with knids and othe...more
Alison
This book takes off right where the Chocolate Factory left us. This should be fun and exciting. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a delightful, fun adventure so continuing the story would be even better! Errr.. not quite.

The Glass Elevator’s biggest misstep is it tries to do a very different story. Suddenly we’re in space and the US government thinks they’re aliens. It just doesn’t work for me at all. The entire space part of the story was really bizarre. There was no build up. It didn’t fee...more
Ordinary Dahlia
Haiyah...tidak ada yang biasa kalau sudah bersinggungan dengan Mr.Willy Wonka. Itu yang terjadi dengan charlie setelah dia mengunjungi Chocolate factory-nya.

Elevator yang seharusnya membawa Mr. Wonka dan keluarga charlie malah semakin naik naik naik dan naik terus sampai ke ruang angkasa hanya gara2 Mr. Wonka telat nekan tombol elevator ! *woalaaaaaaah* huahahahahaha...

Di angkasa pun tidak luput dari kejadian luar biasa. Mereka coba jadi orang pertama yang menginjak Space Hotel USA (pengarang ng...more
Liz
Jul 19, 2010 Liz rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Having read this directly after reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I felt like this was written by someone else completely. The characters and tone of the book seemed to change drastically so I was immediately caught off-guard by that.

Once I started to adjust to the differences in writing, I felt like I had landed in an episode of Star Trek instead of a chocolate factory. There were just too many stops along the journey, as if Dahl had imagined Charlie and Mr. Wonka and his family conti...more
Kit
Can't believe its from the same guy who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Where were the hilarious characters? Wonka and Charlie and Grandpa Joe have been replaced by Wanka and half-headed nitwits, the rest of the Buckets lost their dignity as well and Dahl himself, I really don't know what he was thinking. Where was the wry and itelligent and sometimes black humour? This isn't even slapstick, it's a poor attempt of one. Where C&tCF spoke to a universal audience, C&tGE would not r...more
Sarah
I really enjoyed this book. (It is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.) I liked it better than the first book, which is a first for me! It is full of imagination and original ideas. I really enjoyed it!
Mary Rose
Nunca pensé que este libro fuera más sorprendente que el anterior. Si en Charlie and the Chocolate Factory nos encontramos ante las maravillas de una magnifica fábrica de chocolate, pues en este libro Dahl va más allá de lo imaginable.
¿Quien pensaría que en la primera mitad del libro Charlie estaría en el espacio exterior con Willy Wonka y toda su familia? Y todo por el Gran Ascensor de Cristal. Si eso sería sorprendente, encontrarse con unos marcianos, de los cuales tienen pinta de ser papa m...more
Alvina
Setelah mendapat kejutan-kejutan di pabrik Cokelat milik Mr. Wonka, kali ini Charlie dan keluarganya mendapat perjalanan ruaarr biasa bersama Mr. Wonka. Ke mana? Yak, ke luar angkasa. Tapi bukan Dahl kalau imajinasinya tidak luar biasa, kali ini ia menghadirkan perjalanan Mr. Wonka, Charlie dan keluarganya dalam sebuah elevator kaca tembus pandang alih-alih menggunakan roket di luar angkasa.

Pada awalnya Mr. Wonka hanya ingin mengajak mereka ke langit sampai ketinggian yang dirasa cukup untuk kem...more
Kris at Book Wishes
I would like to write that this is a re-read for myself but it is not. I never read this book as a little kid. I did read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl as did half the world or saw the movie. Young and old ,Charlie touched the hearts of so many. A little boy who was poor with a dream to make enough for his family to eat, to live in a warm home. A humble little boy who was so lucky to have scored a golden ticket!!!!! So I could not wait to read this book the sequel to Charlie an...more
terpkristin
Audiobook from Penguin Audio
Narrated by Douglas Hodge
Length: 3.25 hours

After finishing listening to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it seemed only natural that I would listen to the follow-on book, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. A direct sequel, this book tells the story of what happens to Charlie Bucket and his family in the day or so immediately following the events of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Unlike Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, though, this book seemed to be rather.....more
Al
The kids are really getting into reading "chapter books" at bedtime now instead of 2-3 Cat in the Hat-type books. So I sit in the big rocking chair in Jack's room, they cuddle up on Jack's bed in their pajamas and we read a chapter or two every night.

It wasn't until we finished this book and started Stuart Little that I began to appreciate Roald Dahl fully. After a long day, this book can be a bit challenging to read aloud. But once you get Dahl's cadences and style, it's quite fun.

But most stri...more
Namratha
Oh my Sainted Pants!....Oh my Painted Ants! :)

I think the following poem, rendered by the formidable Miss.Tibbs in honour of the President deserves special mention. Dahl's comic timing and astuteness were best seen in his whacky poems. So here goes:

The Nurse's Song

This mighty man of whom I sing,
The greatest of them all,
Was once a teeny little thing,
Just eighteen inches tall.

I knew him as a tiny tot,
I nursed him on my knee.
I used to sit him on the pot
And wait for him to wee.

I always washed betwee...more
Cliff
Surprise, I can definitely say that I do not recall ever having read the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now that I have, it's little wonder to me why it is not nearly as popular as the first. First, the good...the story is typical Dahl, rather stream-of-consciousness, rather than with any semblance of an organized plot. It is interesting and unexpected. However, this is outweighed by an over-reliance on jokes and puns. And particularly unfortunate is that what may have been accepta...more
Carol
When I came upon “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator” I was surprised. Who knew that Dahl had written a sequel to his famous classic kids’ novel. I slid the audio CD into my car stereo, and found myself laughing a lot! Wow! Dahl’s sequel is as good if not better than his first book. VHugely funny was the dialogue between the grandparents, the arrival of the “Vernicious knids”, the President of the United States with his nanny etc. etc. This was a very funny book and I was enjoying it immensely...more
Anna  Matsuyama
Feb 06, 2013 Anna Matsuyama rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: YLTO Let's Make Fruitcake!
He's cracked as a crab! He's batty as bullfrog! He's a meddling mackerel! and he truly is! Willy Wonka is crazier than in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

At first Charlie, Mr and Mrs Bucket and four grandparents with Mr Wonka have adventure in the cosmos. After that they land and crash the Chocolate factory's roof for the second time and 3 of 4 grandparents misuse Mr Wonka's Wonka-Vite.

In the last chapter Mr Wonka and others are invited to the White House, to meet President of the United...more
Yumi Learner
Jul 18, 2012 Yumi Learner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hiroaki, Migasha, Nobuyuki
Recommended to Yumi by: Mygsasha
I finished reading "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" in English without using a dictionary. It's my ninetieth book for this year. I still have to read 29th books to achieve my goal, so I have to keep on pushing myself!

The book is a children book but I like the author because his ideas are always extremely unusual. That's why not only children but also adults can enjoy reading his books.

The book is a sequel from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and compared to the first one, the sequel st...more
Andy
What a contrast. The first half is a wilfully funny, bizarre and at times surreal sci-fi romp setting the Bucket family and Wonka against the Vermicious Knids (genius creations), while a frankly bonkers US president and his entourage tell knock knock jokes and fool around in a Pythonesque manner. It's gleefully weird and so much better than anything in the first book.

I've always had an inkling that Wonka is not of this world and here there's a pretty strong case for him being a Time Lord. Weird...more
Simone Sylvester
Jun 17, 2014 Simone Sylvester rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, childish people, students, and teachers.
I love books that make me laugh/face-palm (in a good way), and this was one of them. I love Roald Dahl books, and thought I'd try out this one, which I hadn't heard of before. I like the continuity of this book from 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' and I like the yelling/laughing/scrambling nature of Mr.Wonka, and other main characters.

I found there were a few strings to the plot that weren't tied up as well as they could've been but it was good enough to deserve 5 stars... Or 4.8 stars.

(vi...more
Debra
I loved the Vermicious Knids and the silly president and his advisors. Charlie and his relatives are being transported in a great glass elevator, but when Mr. Wonka is prevented from reaching the button to stop the elevator from rising too far, the entire group is launched into outer space. Although no planned, Mr. Wonka decides they should not miss the moment of seeing the space hotel being boarded by the first transport to reach it with the hotel staff. But when they arrive at the space hotel...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
O distractie cum de mult nu am mai gasit. Desi mai putin apreciata decat primul volum, Charlie si marele ascensor mi s-a parut mult mai bine contruita. Povestea nu e la fel de sensibila, dar de data aceasta e palpitanta, cu tot atatea invataminte si mult-mult mai distractiva.De acord, poate spre sfarsit se cam lungeste inutil, dar imaginea Taramului minusurilor unde se gasesc cei care au intinerit atat de mult incat mai au de asteptat si pana la 80 de ani pana sa se nasca mi s-a parut demna si d...more
Carrie Slager
Only Roald Dahl could write a book like this and pull it off so well. It’s hilarious and over-the-top, but also has some nice messages for kids at the end because Charlie Bucket is a great character. Willy Wonka himself is most definitely a memorable character; you can never forget the eccentric chocolate factory owner, even if you try.

My fourth grade teacher read this book aloud to my class and I never, ever forgot it. The Vermicious Knids, Miss Tibbs, Grandpa Joe, the Oompa-Loompas…how could a...more
Erickcasillas
I like this book "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" by Roald Dahl because it made me feel that when you go somewhere and you've been there already and they have new things it feels like its your first time coming again that's how charlie felt like it was his first time going to the factory and Mr.Wonka showed charlie and his family the glass elevator and Mr.Wonka took them inside the elevator and they charlie pressed on the button make the elevator go to its max and it took them to space and...more
Rifda
Kalau kebanyakan orang lebih suka buku pertamanya, aku justru lebih suka buku kedua. Buku kedua ini lebih imajinatif, lebih lucu, dan lebih ‘mengajarkan‘ sesuatu bagi anak-anak!

Saking imajinatifnya, kebanyakan orang akan berpikir kalau ini sangat tidak masuk akal. Mungkin karena alasan itulah buku kedua ini tidak difilmkan.

Saking lucunya, aku bahkan selalu bertambah yakin.. Roald Dahl pasti sangat jenius!

Kalau buku pertama mengajarkan nilai moral, buku kedua mengajarkan nilai akademis(?).. dari...more
Marko-Michael
WOW! Was this ever NOT the book for me. I like fanciful stories and science-fiction but the further into this I read the more concerned I became for Mr. Dahl's sanity at the time of his writing this ridiculous book. As a former intelligence officer Mr. Dahl certainly did not seem to use logical intelligence here; not that I am in any way a writer, but come on - really . . . I don't think that I will be able to comfortably even look at chocolate for a while.
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