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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Mr Wonka might be a genius with chocolate, but Charlie and his family don't trust his flying one bit. Especially when the thing he's flying is a glass elevator and it's zooming out of control. But life is never dull with Mr Wonka as he gets them into all kinds of terrible scrapes... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780141311432
Published 24 March 2001 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Dahl, Roald
Illustrated by Blake, Quentin
Series Puffin Fiction
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ISBN-13 9780141311432
ISBN-10 0141311436
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin Books
Publication Date 24 March 2001
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Dahl, Roald
Illustrated by Blake, Quentin
Series Puffin Fiction
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 152g
Interest Age 7-9 years
Reading Age 7-9 years
Library of Congress Children's stories, English, Juvenile fiction
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 10748

Description of this Book

Mr Wonka might be a genius with chocolate, but Charlie and his family don't trust his flying one bit. Especially when the thing he's flying is a glass elevator and it's zooming out of control. But life is never dull with Mr Wonka as he gets them into all kinds of terrible scrapes.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

US Review 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)

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Author's Bio

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.

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