Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is a children's book by British author Roald Dahl.
It is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, continuing the story of young Charlie Bucket and chocolatier Willy Wonka as they travel in the Great Glass Elevator.
The story picks up immediately where the previous book left off, with Charlie an ...more
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's sequel starts exactly frome where we were at the end of the previous adventure, that is in the glass elevator that should bring Charlie Bucket and all his family (and Mr. Wonka of course), to the chocolate factory. But something goes wrong...
A series of amazing adventures and catastrophic events will keep all the children with bated breath. Who has loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will probabl...more
Maybe it's just me...but this one just didn't have the same spark as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
“Hooray!" said the Chief of the Army. "Let's blow everyone up! Bang-bang! Bang-bang!”We last left Charlie and his family soaring up into the sky in the great glass elevator. They're about to start their next big adventure, with their feet firmly planted in the sky.
Physics aside, the Bucket Family and Willy Wonka putter aroun ...more
like, here is a definitive ranking for me, personally, of everything i liked in order:
- the sweets (obviously)
- orange guys singing mean songs about children
- someone turning into a blueberry, as a concept
- the idea that a chocolate bar could be life-changing (this was a great life lesson)
- wallpaper you can lick (now this gives me the heebie-jeebies, but then it seemed rad)
- swimming in cho ...more
After the hair-raising adventure that Charlie Bucket underwent in the opening novel, Dahl is ready to entertain young readers again. When last we spoke of Charlie, he was loading his entire family into the glass elevator from his ...more
Reread as an adult: 2 Stars
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a classic. I enjoyed it as a kid and I enjoyed it as an adult when I reread it with my kids a few months ago. Next logical step was to reread the sequel to my kids which was another book that I had fond memories of from my childhood.
However, this book has not aged well . . .
Generally, I really enjoy Dahl’s work, but I may have found one that might be best left skipped. I guess the incoherent goofine ...more
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
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 ...more
Of-the-time-racism was probably the biggest one. It's difficult to critique something that was "okay" at the time of the book being published, but I can't help but think that perhaps that, along ...more
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was a very interesting book. It was not what I expected (for the first half of the book) and I was very disappointed by that. I felt like this book was two short stories combined. More than half of the book ta ...more
So I was hoping for more adventures in the magical chocolate factory as Charlie was beginning to learn the ropes but that is not how this book pans out. This book takes a bizarre turn as the Glass Elevator is propelled too high ...more
Was I slightly afraid? Maybe. I mean, the story was all kinds of perfect all by itself. Leaving in that great glass elevator was rather a perfect ending.
And when this book begins, exactly where the other left off, I WAS slightly disappointed. The whole SF aspect was... ahem. Fortunately, it got back to speed once we returned to the factory. I enjoyed the rest just fine. :)
Ah, gre ...more
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
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
I didn't like this book very much, in fact it is probably one of my least favourite Roal Dahl's books. I am in the process of re-reading all his books, but this one was a first for me. Like everybody else, I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but aside from the joy or reading about my beloved characters again, I didn't get any additional quality content from this one. The story was incoherent and episodic, the jokes trite, and it felt more like a sequel made just because than an actual, w ...more
Ok, the recipe for Wonka-vite is darling and clever
All-in-all i did not enjoy this novelette as much as his others. I felt the pieces were slightly disjointed. Although Wonka's sarcastic comments are much appreciated, Grandma Georgina was not an enjoyable character. And not enough Charlie! The president was just ridiculous.
I'm interested in reading all of Dahl's pieces, so at least I got this one out of the way.
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I practically enjoyed the Vermicious Knids and the rejuvenation pills in the second half of the book.
I couldn’t imagine this story working with any other characters.
I truly expected some more crazy chocolate factory action, but involving a glass elevator. Welp, I hope you wanted Charlie, Willy and Grandpa Joe heading to space and a dumb American government, because that's whatcha got.
I will say that Roald Dahl is a marvelous writer and a lot of this book is amusing! He's got a unique style that made me laugh as an adult but also see how a child could love this book just as much. At the sa ...more
I’d like to know what goes on in Roald Dahl’s brain and how he came up with these ideas. They’re so ridiculous yet funny. There were some insightful parts too (Nurse’s song).
Man, I wish I read this when I was younger.
Total time spent: 1h 53min.
Authors should know when to stop. This sequel should never have been written. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl had a terrific concept and a nice story - here he has neither. We read it only because the author has a nice way with words, and we love Willie Wonka and Charlie already.
If you have read the first book in the series (otherwise, what are you doing, reading this review?) you'd know that it ends with the whole Bucket family (two sets of grandparents, M ...more
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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 adv ...more