Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Charlie Bucket has won Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and is on his way to take possession of it in a great glass elevator. When the elevator makes a fearful whooshing noise, Charlie and his family find themselves in orbit around the earth. A daring adventures has begun, with Mr... read full description below.
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||Charlie (Fictitious character), Juvenile fiction
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This book is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . Charlie Bucket has won Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and is on his way to take possession of it in a great glass elevator! When the elevator makes a fearful whooshing noise, Charlie and his family find themselves in orbit around the earth. A daring adventures has begun, with Mr Willy Wonka leading the way...
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||In a perfectly silly and pointlessly tastless sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mr. Willie Wonka's glass elevator goes into orbit carrying Charlie, his parents, his grandparents, and the bed that three of the grandparents haven't left for 20 years. They stop at a new U.S. Space Hotel causing panic back at the White House, where an illiterate President who tells knock-knock jokes thinks they are Martians and a broad-typed Chief of the Army wants to blow them up crash bang wallop bang-bang-bang-bang-bang. But when a horde of greenish, shapeless creatures called vermicious knids starts emerging from the space hotel's elevators, the humans hop back to earth in their knid-proof glass one, towing a crew of terrified astronauts along. In the reaches of space fiction where anything goes, Mr. Dahl's inventions are old hat, and about all that ensues back at the factory is the grandparents' excessive rejuvenation (one of them is even minused ), overcompensating aging, and Ultimate return to the status quo ante by swallowing alternate doses of Vita-Wonk and Wonka-Vite. They are finally lured from their beds by an invitation from the White House (a reward for rescuing the astronauts) and even Charlie himself exits dancing with glee, never questioning the privilege involved in visiting those previously caricatured idiots. With humor that depends on gratuitous references to the President's pottie or the results of a very strong laxative, with the Oompa-Loompas still fetching and carrying, this has all the faults that disturbed grown-ups and none of the inspired outrageousness that attracted children to its predecessor. (Kirkus Reviews)
Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began to write after a monumental bash on the head , sustained as an RAF pilot in World War II. Roald Dahl died in 1990.