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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Charlie Bucket #2)

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Charlie and Willy Wonka are back, this time in a fantastic journey to outer space in their glass elevator.
ebook, 176 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Puffin Books (first published 1972)
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Jason Koivu
Mar 23, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.

This might explain a few things about me...but then again it more likely has a whole lot more to say about where the Amer
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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
Mar 29, 2012 Anthony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
“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
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
Kevin Xu
Dec 22, 2011 Kevin Xu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Marine Sander
I am very sad to write this review. I had loved the first book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but this one is a big disappointment. Honestly, I was really bored during most of the book and it was hard to keep reading. This book has lost all the humor that was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the jokes are absurd and impossible to understand. Also, I don’t understand what went through the author’s mind when he wrote such stupid things. I can’t believe it is the same person who wrote Mat ...more
Ordinary Dahlia
Feb 11, 2010 Ordinary Dahlia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara Kamjou
آدم اگر کاسهی اگر و چی دستش بگیرد به هیچ جا نمیرسد.
به نظرم خیلی خیلی ضعیفتر از کتاب اولش یعنی چارلی و کارخانه شکلات سازی بود.
Debbie--I have a headache from GR
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
Jan 04, 2016 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say, although it almost pains me, that although this is still a good book, I didn't like it nearly as well as the others I've read before. Maybe that's the trouble with me and most sequels?

In this book, we return to Charlie Bucket and his family.

The book begins where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ended - in Charlie's house. The entire family (including the bed) is scooped up and put into the Great Glass Elevator. The plan is to get them all into the factory but, naturally, things don'
Oct 25, 2014 Filipa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only wish Charlie had more adventures with Mr. Wonka. lovely book.
The Cheap Reader
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
Dec 29, 2012 Kynan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Abduraafi Andrian
Aku berharap banyak anak-anak membaca karya Roald Dahl.

"Aku bisa melihat pabrik ini akan berada di tangan yang baik ketika aku mengundurkan diri. Kau belajar dengan sangat cepat. Aku senang sekali telah memilihmu, anakku sayang, senang sekali. Nah sekarang, apa keputusannya?" (hal. 185)

Aug 25, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie and the Great Glass ElevatorRoald Dahl

This book sets off an adventure that's both encaptivating and bonkers!

Charlie and his entire family are whisked off on a life changing adventure without any choice of their own. Willy Wonka does what he does best, and entices Charlie and his family onto this 'Great Glass Elevator', that quiet literally takes them to the 'moon and back'. On this exhilarating and exhausting journey that is thousands and thousands of miles away from planet Earth, Willy,
 ᴍɪᴄs ✖shut me up already✖

Chau Charlie, me aburrís.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was a space adventure in the first half and an exploration into Wonka's pill factory in the second half. I found the whole thing totally bonkers but very imaginative. I loved the jokes at the start and the ingenious play on words and rhymes. Roald Dahl was not scared to poke fun at anything. In the second half's story I felt a bit unsettled and ended up disliking Willy Wonka. He came off as certified madman with pure disregard for the consequences of his acti ...more
Aug 13, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 14, 2015 Mary Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 25, 2012 Alvina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall Review: “Great whistling whangdoodles!” What do you do when you find yourself staring down a Vermicious Knid? Or you’ve taken too much Wonka-Vite and ended up in Minusland? Or perhaps you just want to have a little chat in Martian with the President of the United States while standing in a giant Space Hotel? You call up Willy Wonka, of course! Who else can think of these things but Roald Dahl? In this second installment of his famous Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we get to ride alon ...more
Kris Bagley
Jan 17, 2014 Kris Bagley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2010 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2013 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, 2013
Este libro es fantástico, Roald consigue que te rías y te emociones con sus tan disparatados diálogos, y con esa personalidad tan jocosa y única de Willy Wonka.

La historia, es, como lo dije en cuanto a los diálogos, disparatada, comienza donde, supongo yo, quedó el libro anterior, que es el tan famoso Charlie y la fábrica de chocolate, le debo a Roald leerlo, porque sé que será tanto o más asombroso que éste.

En la trama nos encontramos con un ascensor de cristal, un hotel en el espacio, unos m
Apr 20, 2015 Markus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-year
3.5 stars. I wish I could give this book four stars, but the first half was almost bad. I didn't car for the action, the plot was dull, I wasn't able to connect. Then, however, everything changed. The crew got back to the chocolate factory and it was so amazing. Nostalgia was screaming form the pages, it was cute, hilarious and wonderful. The elders really had a big part in this book and I loved that. Good ending as well, I am happy with the way everything closed up.
Marietta {don't judge me...I judge myself too often already}
After reading the great adventure of Charlie and the chocolate factory, I had high expectations for this sequel.

However: The first half of the book was a weird and crazy space adventure with aliens. None of the chocolate factory bit was very realistic but at least it was creative and entertaining. But this book was too unreal and exaggerated to be interesting. The second half of the book was about Charlie's four grandparents. Considering that Charlie is supposed to be the 'hero' of the book, he
Mar 10, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, humour
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
Jul 19, 2010 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flaming Knids! There really was no limit to Roald Dahl's imagination! Willy Wonka is as crazy as a crumpet but you can't help it but love his loony character. I loved the use of wit and satire to ridicule the Leaders and Chiefs of the Nation in a light hearted and hilarious manner. The Chief of the Army's solution to everything was to just blow it up! Nothing like a little drama in the White House. The adventure of the Great Glass Elevator in Space was blooming good fun and it doesn't even stop ...more
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 05/05/2005
Author: Roald Dahl
Recommended for: Children

In this story we see what happens to the life of Charlie Bucket and his family after he has won the chocolate factory. We follow Charlie, Grampa and Willy Wonka on the adventures and journeys in the amazing sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is a truly great childrens book as it helps to expend their imagination and engage in the book. It is a silly, fun, and funny book for children to enjoy and love. In my opinion it i
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a
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