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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

(Charlie Bucket #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  83,398 ratings  ·  2,514 reviews
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, 159 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Puffin Books (first published 1972)
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David No, this a terrifying essay about the real-life tribulations of the Bucket family which took place on April 16, 1964. You can easily locate newspaper…moreNo, this a terrifying essay about the real-life tribulations of the Bucket family which took place on April 16, 1964. You can easily locate newspaper articles from that time which give additional context about the event. But perhaps it's best not to learn more. Some things you can never unlearn.(less)
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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

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 around
JV (semi-hiatus)
[Preflight Announcement]

Good day, ladies and gentlemen!
Welcome aboard Wonka Air Flight SOS-911, a non-stop Glass Elevator service from The Chocolate Factory to the Space Hotel - USA. We are currently the first in line for take-off (and most likely, we'll be the only one). We are expected to punch through the Factory's roof in approximately 5 minutes. We suggest that you keep your nightshirts, knickers, dentures, other personal belongings fastened and your emesis bags close throughout the
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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator: The Further Adventures of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka, Chocolate-Maker Extraordinaire, 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. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was first published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf,
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
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,
Joey 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
Mariah Roze
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mariah Roze by: Matt
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
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
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
BAM The Bibliomaniac
"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.

2017 Reading
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.
Hufflepuff Book Reviewer
Another reviewer has said 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’s a sequel ...more
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.
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.
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
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow Wow Wow Wow WOW. What the heck did I just read?
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, the sequel to the famous Charlie and the Chocolate Factory literally blew my mind in a different way, and I quite enjoyed this awfully far-fetched yet a glorious journey!

The story picks up at exactly where we left off in the previous book. I must admit that the ending of the first book was rather abrupt as though it was chopped off undeveloped, but no sooner had I started reading this book than I figured
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
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
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Not as great as the first part, but still enjoyable. I have a feeling, I might add Roald Dahl to my 'to read everything I can get my hands on' list. The storytelling (as absurd as it gets) is really indulging. I know I would have loved this if I read it when I was a child, and well, I'm liking it as an adult as well. That speaks for itself.
Ahhhhh! that age old problem of sequels, they are never as good as the original story, not even Roald Dahl is able to break that problem.

In the great glass elevator Dahl attempts to write a Sci-Fi story, I think it is the first time he has done that and for me his story telling doesn't work as well up in space. Down on Earth you can believe in giants and chocolate factories using slave labour and also a kid travelling on a flying giant peach, because all of that is just fantasy. But once you
Jakk Makk
Aug 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I read this to a computer several times trying to train it to recognize my voice: Dragon Naturally Speaking. I called it Dragon Naturally Failing because the program never worked as advertised, even though I bought several generations. To my knowledge, no speech to text works satisfactorily, except the one court (voice) reporters use.
The story is, as always, a basket full of nightmares, written by the master of Children's Dark Fantasy: Beelzebub, himself. Charlie Spitbucket and his bedridden
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant as always, Mr Dahl. It is a pleasure to read your stories.
I have loved every word of this book. What more can I say?: READ IT!
Marine's Books
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finale
2 stars, kinda disappointed with this one.

I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I love the story, the characters, the factory. Everything is awesome. So I was obviously expecting great things of The Great Glass Elevator. And those expectations were not only not met, they were also disappointed.

There are two major issues that I have with this book:
1 - All of the characters that I liked in The Chocolate Factory are either incredibly annoying or super boring. Mr. Wonka and all the grandparents
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddos, sci-fi
This was a bedtime readaloud to the kiddos, and frankly, if they hadn't been enjoying it so much, I wouldn't have finished it. All three said they enjoyed it better than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so we had a good hour-long conversation about the perils of recency bias. Kidding. But really, this book is not great. I remember enjoying it as a kid, but adults beware: the plot is a mess, the jokes fall flat (especially the borderline-racist ones), and despite some good moments, the overall ...more
The writing was good, but plot is a little forgettable. There is also something unsettling about finding a British author writing a racially charged conversation between President of the USA and the Prime Minister of China in a children's book.
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