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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator [Hardcover]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
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Sept. 11 2001
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.

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Picking right up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory left off, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator continues the adventures of Charlie Bucket, his family, and Willy Wonka, the eccentric candy maker. As the book begins, our heroes are shooting into the sky in a glass elevator, headed for destinations unknown. What follows is exactly the kind of high-spirited magical madness and mayhem we've all come to expect from Willy Wonka and his creator Roald Dahl. The American space race gets a send-up, as does the President, and Charlie's family gets a second chance at childhood. Throw in the Vermicious Knids, Gnoolies, and Minusland and we once again witness pure genius. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"Dahl's phenomenal popularity among children speaks for his breathless storytelling charms."—Publishers Weekly

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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Nov. 15 2008
By Sam TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl is a fun book to read that children will especially enjoy. It is the sequel to Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, so it was nice to read, since the ending of the first novel did not seem like a proper ending.

I like how Charlie is so well behaved, even compared to some of his grandparents that make rude remarks to Mr. Willy Wonka. There are new inventions, new species, and new places that Charlie visits in this exciting adventure.

In this novel, Mr. Wonka, Charlie, his parents, and his grandparents go up to outer space in the glass elevator. There, they visit a space hotel, but people from earth think they are there to bomb the space hotel. Find out what will happen and what great things Charlie will see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and Pointless Oct. 6 2000
Format:Paperback
I've read the positive reviews for this book, and I just can't understand them. It's fairly obvious to me what happened -- in 1972, with the success of the movie version (1971) of the first book, the author probably answered the call for a sequel to the 1964 classic. Too bad. While the original is a timeless and charming (with a thoughtful message), this book is choppy, disjointed, and poorly written. Worse, there's just no point to it at all. Pages and pages are devoted to a rather silly saga of the elevator in space, which perhaps would have been marginally interesting in 1972, but badly dated at this point. That's the first half of the book. The rest of the book is wasted on the grandparents getting younger, then older, then younger again, by means of Mr. Wonka's concoctions. That really is all that it is about. Does that sound interesting to you? Again, no point at all. It just rambles on page after page as if Mr. Dahl's advance were based on the page count. Mercifully, the book ends. Nothing about the factory. Nothing about Charlie growing up. Nothing about Mr. Wonka teaching Charlie anything. I suggest you avoid it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally Disappointing Sept. 17 2001
Format:Hardcover
After having read Charlie and Chocolate Factory after seeing the movie based upon it, I was happy to discover that there was a sequel. I immediately checked this book from the library and started reading it right away. Needless to say - I was very disappointed.
The plot of book is, truthfully and bluntly, quite stupid. It was sequel made for the purpose of having sequel. Don't waste your time reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite unlike "Chocolate Factory" April 6 2000
Format:Paperback
I'm very surprised at the positive reviews. This confusingbook has almost none of the charm and grace of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". The characters are often surly and sour, the attempts at humor are often spiteful, there's a paranoid overtone to the whole sorry mess that left me very, very sad. Halfway through, my young son and I decided to put it down, which resulted in a pretty good conversation between us about how even talented writers can go far astray. I can't help thinking that Mr. Dahl was in a pretty dank personal space when he knocked this insipid sequel out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever April 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Have you ever imagined an elevator that could fly? Charlie, in the book Charlie and the Great Glass elevator, went flying through space and time. Charlie and his family discovered the U.S.A. space hotel where they met three pilots being attacked by knids. A problem arises when the pilots can't get down to earth without burning up into ashes. There are to conflicts in this book: getting away from the knids and save grandma from minus land. The authors message in this book is "if you work hard at something you can get there". I would give this book a 5 star rating for its excitement and suspense. You should read this suspenseful book to find out what happens to Charlie and his family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read for Anyone April 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is funny, interesting, and a great book for all ages. I loved this book because it's fresh and funny, and Roald Dahl is a terrific writer. This was the first book I read by Roald Dahl, and you really don't need to ready any other Chocolate Factory books before enjoying this one.
The story goes like this: Charlie Bucket & his family, plus Willy Wonka are riding in a great glass elevator (just as the title implies,) and they somehow crash into outer space and land in this space hotel. While in the the hotel they come across these gruesome creatures. They cleverly escape from them and head back to the Chocolate Factory. While there Charlie's maternal and paternal grandparents take a pill created by Willy Wonka to make them younger (or older). The results are hilarious, but you have to read this book yourself to find out what happens!
P.S.: I loved the poems in the book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A boring book! March 24 2004
By Maja
Format:Paperback
This book is not that good. Because there aren't too many things happeningin the begining. And then it just switches subject and another thing happens instead. Somrtimes it's very funny but when it's not funny, it's a very boring book.
However the characters in the book are guite good. My favorite character is mr. Willy Wonka. He is very funny and he's never scared.
I don't recommend this book to anyone, but if you want to read it it is better to read "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" first.
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Format:Audio Cassette
A Great Adventure About a Great Glass Elevator
By Arthur Cook

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl is a good strong adventure story. It is also a comedy and moves at a very fast pace. It covers a lot of ground in a very short time. If there is a weakness, it is that he keeps you in suspense, always wondering what will happen next. But really this is what a good author uses. Roald Dahl keeps narrative hooks coming and coming. Each situation leads to a more dangerous one. The elevator seems like it can do anything and is immune to everything in outer space. It kicks into orbit in outer space. It was able to hook up to the space hotel and to escape really quickly. It is Knid-proof and able to go through the atmosphere without burning up.
In 1969 US put the first man on the moon. In 1972 we sent the second man to the moon. The book is written in 1972 when people could actually imagine going to space.
The language sounds real in a scientific way. He talks about retro rockets, boosters firing starboard, the contraption connected to sky hooks and how they float around in space when they leave gravity. He makes up words that sound real and tells you to look it up in the dictionary. When you look and its not there you feel like you got tricked.
The characters are hysterical. Some of the funniest parts of this book are how the characters respond to things. The words give the characters personality. "You must be whackers! We'll all be pulpifified." The names are crazy too. President Gilligrass talks to Premier Chu-On-Dat and says China is so full of Wings and Wongs that every time you wing you get a wong number.
I love this book. People that like outrageously funny stuff should read this book.. I give it two thumbs up!
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The book Charlie And the Great Glass Elevator is a great book. When Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka go in a ride in the elevator the glass elevator gets too far up. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
The book Charlie And the Great Glass Elevator is a great book. When Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka go in a ride in the elevator the glass elevator gets too far up. Read more
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This hilarious book will keep you reading! A book that you'll keep for a lifetime. You will learn about vernicious knids, wankavites and of course the great glass elevator. Read more
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