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

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Now that Charlie has won the chocolate factory, what's next? Even wilder adventures, that'swhat! Join him, Grandpa Joe, and, of course, Willy Wonka for the amazing, intergalactic sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
Paperback, 166 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Puffin (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 (Most of My Favorite Authors Are Dead)
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
“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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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...more
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
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 Kumar
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I have to admit, I remembered this one fondly from my childhood. I just finished reading it to my sons, and while they wanted to give it 5 stars, like they did with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I just couldn't. The first novel holds up, and I think is really a kind of classic that deserves to have movies made about it (though I'll always prefer the closer to the novel original movie with Gene Wilder than the new movie that just felt flat and ridiculous.) but this book lacks a cohesive narr...more
Evan Leach
A fairly surreal sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where Wonka and Charlie go rocketing into space together to explore the great unknown. I remember thinking this book was pretty out there as a kid...but I also didn't want to put it down. 4 stars, recommended.
Ciara Panic
Crap. It's the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but it's more like a bad B-movie. I could almost see the aliens dressed in cheap cardboard costumes or something equally bad, like they were straight out of the likes of 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians'.

I read this years ago, and I don't really remember much about it, but then that'll probably tell you how bad it was. It was like some sort of bizarre fanfiction, like someone was really drunk and decided to write some sort of really s...more
Nur Ain Z.
Meh.If you pick this book up hoping that you'd get to see how things would take off after Charlie had been chosen to become the next successor of Wonka's chocolate factory, don't. You'd be greatly disappointed. I don't know why I even bother with this one. I didn't even like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that much.
This book follows on directly from the previous book, with everyone in the elevator in the title. I also read it in primary school, and I didn't enjoy it as much as other books by the same author. It just seemed a little too far out there, especially with some of the things that happen in the last few chapters of the book.
I SOOO wanted to like this book. But it was too stupid. But the kids liked it.
Reading aloud to the kids, 2011.

Much more random than CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, almost like he had a few more weird adventures to put Charlie through, and just sort of cobbled them together. Still fun, though, and my 7 year old LOVED it.
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