Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
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Mr. Willy Wonka might be a genius with chocolate, but Charlie and his family don't trust his flying skills one bit. And right now, he's at the helm of a giant glass elevator that's picking up speed and hurtling through space -- with Charlie and the entire Bucket family stuck inside! Roald Dahl's uproarious sequel to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is certain to delight and entertain a new generation of readers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Dahl''s phenomenal popularity among children speaks for his breathless storytelling charms."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Dahl's phenomenal popularity among children speaks for his breathless storytelling charms." "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I will just offer my brief impressions of this book.
This story is made up of two halves. The first half focuses on the journey back to the factory. The Elevator links up with a space hotel and Mr Wonka and the Buckets are chased by Vermicious Knids. Once they are back at the factory the story changes gear to talk about the abuses of Wonkavite by the grandparents. The Elevator links both halves of the book because it is used for all the journeys that Charlie makes. However this does not disguise the fact that this book has two distinct halves that do not cohere together.
Given Dahl's constant striving for excellence and perfection in his other stories, the writing style is laboured here and lacks freshness. Also, the jokes come off as lame and feeble. Only Willy Wonka holds the book together.
As such, this book is not quite as compelling and coherent as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Don't bother. Honestly it is just not the same. Going into space, endless dialog with the US president and odd aliens are so inconsistent with the first book that it makes no sense. Which would be fine if it was funny or interesting but it's not. It's boring.
Choose a different Roald Dahl instead - there are SO many good ones to choose.
Still, at least it contains some of the same characters that we know and love from before, including Charlie Bucket and his grandpa and the erratic Willy Wonka. Here, they blast off in to space in the great glass elevator in the Wonka factory, and the book covers their adventures as they make their way back to earth.
What is cool, though, is that Dahl originally planned to write a sequel - called Charlie and the White House, it was supposed to tell the story of young Charlie's escapades in the home of the American president. Only one chapter was ever written, and judging from this story, that's probably a good thing - it's tragic when Dahl disappoints.
The story follows on immediately from the end of the Chocolate Factory, with the book covering two very different story lines in sequence. The Elevator in space, and then the return to the Chocolate Factory. While each of these ideas could have opened up so many opportunites, Roald Dahl - for once - sadly seems to have been devoid of any real imagination and both story lines are claustrophobic and tedious. The Elevator in space revolves around a U.S Space Hotel (making fun of the US Space Program, President, Chinese etc. along the way); the return to the Chocolate Factory around the Wonka-Vite pill and it's affects.
The book does have its positive moments, and there are a few laughs to be had, but all in all there is little that could justify a recommendation. It is, in my view, the weakest of Roald Dahl's work by a long way. If this were a music album, it would be "for collectors only".
Apparently Dahl completely rewrote Charlie And The Chocolate Factory after his nephew read a draft and said, "Unlce Roald, I don't like it at all." If only he had read the draft of this...
Three stars - it's okay and nothing more.
the reason for reviewing, however, is that I got it as a kindle, and with the audio book option - wonderfully read. My son sat on a long journey listening intently to it for at least 2 hours. And the only sound were the occasional peals of giggles at a particularly funny bit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka are back in another fun read that will delight children. At the end of the first book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, Willy Wonka, Charlie, his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Dowden
I think it's good and funny but it's not the best book I've read as it was quite boring at timesPublished 1 month ago by DaveHodgson
I love Roald Dahl's books, I had them read to me as a kid and now I'm reading them to my son, but dear me this is tedious. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarah
This was always my least favourite Dahl, even as a child it never measured up to Charlie's first adventure. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. J. Noyes