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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

(Charlie Bucket #2)

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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’' first space hotel, battling the dreaded Vermicious Knids, and saving the world are only a few stops a ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Puffin Books (first published 1972)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator: The Further Adventures of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka, Chocolate-Maker Extraordinaire (Charlie Bucket, #2), Roald Dahl

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
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Luca Ambrosino
English (Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator) / Italiano

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

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Miranda Reads
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I really think Wonka needs to stick with his Chocolate Factory...

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
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Henry Avila
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
As we last seen the mighty, marvelous, wizard , Willy Wonka and his sidekick Charlie floating high in the sky, ( blue in color if you are curious, what else? ) in the stupendous... the Great Glass Elevator of the previous book, we wonder where in the world are they going? Not exactly there, someplace better for certain, but first, on board the magical contraption are of course...Willy...Charlie... the boy's parents Mr.and Mrs. Bucket ( not important enough to be given their proper names) and the ...more
emma
who the hell told roald dahl the thing we liked from charlie and the chocolate factory was...the elevator?

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
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Matt
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Neo's class has been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which led us to watching both versions of the film. When he learned of this sequel, he wanted us to give it a try. Not one he highly recommends, but here is a slightly updated version of my original review:

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
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Matthew
When I read this as a kid: 5 Stars
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
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Anthony
Mar 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Jason Koivu
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Woolfardis
Unlike it's predecessor, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this book is probably a bit too far-fetched for it to grab the same amount of attention. It's an odd little book-it has some good moments and is written much in the same way as the first book-and his many others-but it definitely has it's faults.

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
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Kon R.
Jun 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
While I can admit that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was definitely the better book, that doesn't diminish the enjoyment I got from the sequel. This story was hysterically silly from beginning to end at the expense of the adults. The United States president was the funniest of the bunch. There was outer space, monsters, oompa loompas, and chocolate factory hijinks. The story pointed to a possible part 3, but sadly that never came to fruition. ...more
Mariah Roze
I am currently trying to read through all of Roald Dahl's books because growing up I loved the ones that I read. I originally read Charlie and the Chocolate factory when I was in middle school. I thought it was about time to finally read the second book.

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
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Edgarr Alien Pooh
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
At the end of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we left Charlie and his family and Willy Wonka sky high in the Great Glass Elevator. Charlie had only just been informed that he had won the right to take over the factory, as his own, once Mr. Wonka retired in a few years.

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
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Bradley
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-shelf, fantasy, ya
Having always been a fan of Wonka, it occurred to me that I was a very, very bad man for never having read the sequel.

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
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Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
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
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Spencer Orey
Aug 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was bad. I remember reading it as a kid and thinking it was surprising. But no. It's a random and bad sequel. ...more
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
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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
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BAM the enigma
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, children-s
"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."

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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Ken
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A direct sequel to Chocolate Factory, part space adventure part goofy antics this follow up is enjoyable enough for those who enjoy Wonka’s character.

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.
Kevin Xu
Dec 22, 2011 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.
Briar's Reviews
This book was the weirdest sequel I've ever read, if I'm being honest.

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
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Carrot :3
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t‿t, 2021
Reading this after Project Hail Mary seems fair lmao.

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.
Melindam
I much preferred Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to this book, but Sonny loved it and laughed all the way through as we were reading it together, so it gets his 5-star-rating instead of my less enthusiastic 3-stars. :) ...more
Hufflepuff Book Reviewer
Another reviewer has remarked that “if Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Dahl at his best, then Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is Dahl at his worst.” Objectively, I would have to quite agree. This strange sequel about Charlie, Willy Wonka, Mr. Bucket, Mrs. Bucket, and the four grandparents accidentally going too far in the elevator, ending up in outer space, being mistaken for terrorists by the US Government, and avoiding man-eating aliens had me thoroughly scratching my head. It is a s ...more
Joel
I don't think Nina liked this one as much as the original. She had trouble paying attention until they got back to the Chocolate Factory. Verdict: Needs more candy. ...more
Nandakishore Mridula
Warning: Mild spoliers

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
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Cori
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Part of my personal reading challenge (reading through the New York Public Library's "Top 100 Kids' Books). Like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Great Glass Elevator was whacky and zany. But I personally had more fun with the first one. While the chocolate factory was magical, this book spent a lot time zooming through space with Charlie's insufferable grandparents that are too lazy to get out of bed. But the last third of the book is spent on getting his insufferably greedy grandparents ...more
Leo
Dec 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Charlie and the chocolate factory is one of my all time favorite movies (the one with Johnny Depp). That's a big thing for as I rarely manege to finish either a movie or a tv show. I've known about this second book for quite some time now and always wondered why they didn't make another movie with this book in mind. Unfortunately I'm not sure now either. It's an entertaining story as often with Roald Dahls story's and Quentin Blake's illustrations is simple but classic greatness. But I will not ...more
Jenny Baker
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun story! I listened to the audiobook via Overdrive and the narrator did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life! It's silly, but sometimes we just need a light children's story to make us laugh. If you're thinking about rereading this, do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook. ...more
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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.

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