Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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Sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

When the world's greatest candymaker gave Charlie Bucket his amazing chocolate factory, Charlie's adventures were just beginning. Now he's cruising outer space with Mr. Willy Wonka in a marvelous glass elevator. The whole family is along for the ride — Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, even Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina. But watch out! There are all sorts of oddities lurking in space — strange creatures ...

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Overview

Sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

When the world's greatest candymaker gave Charlie Bucket his amazing chocolate factory, Charlie's adventures were just beginning. Now he's cruising outer space with Mr. Willy Wonka in a marvelous glass elevator. The whole family is along for the ride — Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, even Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina. But watch out! There are all sorts of oddities lurking in space — strange creatures like Gnoolies and Vermicious Knids — not to mention the President of the United States!In this sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket teams up with the madcap chocolatier Willy Wonka once again—only now they are in outer space! Charlie has won the famous chocolate factory, and all he has to do is pick up his family in the Great Glass Elevator, but is there anyone who knows how to drive it? Great fun for everyone.

Author Biography: Roald Dahl's wonderful and outrageous tales continue to delight children the world over. Some of his most beloved stories include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches.

Taking up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory leaves off, Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka find themselves launched into space in the great glass elevator.

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Independent Press Telegraph
A delightfuly marvelous story bound to enchant all Willy Wonka fans.
Children's Literature - Cheryl Peterson
This sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory continues the adventure as Charlie, Willy Wonka, and the gang are last seen flying through the sky in a giant elevator. They encounter a U. S. Space Hotel, receive an invitation to the White House, and save the world by battling Vermicious Knids before their descent back to the chocolate factory. Once on the ground, they experiment with Wonka-Vite (a pill that takes years off), and figure out a way to get the old folks out of bed. This reprint is lots of fun to read, and is enhanced by Quentin Blake's comical illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141301129
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian pa

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

Biography

"I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means," a teacher once wrote in the young Roald Dahl's report card. "He seems incapable of marshaling his thoughts on paper." From such inauspicious beginnings emerged an immensely successful author whom The Evening Standard would one day dub "one of the greatest children's writers of all time."

Dahl may have been an unenthusiastic student, but he loved adventure stories, and when he finished school he went out into the world to have some adventures of his own. He went abroad as a representative of the Shell corporation in Dar-es-Salaam, and then served in World War II as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. After the war, Dahl began his writing career in earnest, publishing two well-received collections of short stories for adults, along with one flop of a novel.

The short stories, full of tension and subtle psychological horror, didn't seem to presage a children's author. Malcolm Bradbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "[Dahl's] characters are usually ignoble: he knows the dog beneath the skin, or works hard to find it." Yet this talent for finding, and exposing, the nastier sides of grown-up behavior served him well in writing for children. As Dahl put it, "Writing is all propaganda, in a sense. You can get at greediness and selfishness by making them look ridiculous. The greatest attribute of a human being is kindness, and all the other qualities like bravery and perseverance are secondary to that."

In 1953, Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; two of his early children's books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) grew out of the bedtime stories he made up for their children. Elaine Moss, writing in the Times, called the latter "the funniest children's book I have read in years; not just funny but shot through with a zany pathos which touches the young heart." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a colossal hit. A film version starring Gene Wilder was released in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), while James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie in 1996.

Dahl followed his initial successes with a string of bestsellers, including Danny, the Champion of the World, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. Some adults objected to the books' violence -- unpleasant characters (like James’s Aunts Sponge and Spiker) tend to get bumped off in grotesque and inventive ways -- but Dahl defended his stories as part of a tradition of gruesome fairy tales in which mean people get what they deserve. "These tales are pretty rough, but the violence is confined to a magical time and place," he said, adding that children like violent stories as long as they're "tied to fantasy and humor." By the time of his death in 1990, Dahl's mischievous wit had captivated so many readers that The Times called him "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."

Good To Know

When Dahl was in school, he and his schoolmates occasionally served as new-product testers for the Cadbury chocolate company. Dahl used to dream of working in a chocolate manufacturer's inventing room. He wrote in his autobiography, "I have no doubt at all that, 35 years later, when I was looking for a plot for my second book for children, I remembered those little cardboard boxes and the newly invented chocolates inside them, and I began to write a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins (1943), was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

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    So weird

    We bought this book.

    Did you think Charlie's adventures ended when he won the chocolate factory? As it turns out Charlie's day didn't even end there. Once in the Great Glass Elevator Charlie (and all the Buckets) found themselves on a wild journey to some really strange places. Really strange. In one of Dahl's wildest stories childrens' classic hero Charlie finds himself orbiting Earth, fighting aliens, traveling to unreal places like Minusland and most off all, trying to convince his grandparents to get out of the bed they've been in for the last twenty years.
    Dahl is famous for his dark, wry view of just about everything. In The Witches he took on women, in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory he took on bratty kids, in Matilda he took on the education system. In this one he takes on really lazy adults. Surely by this point readers should know Dahl was an equal opportunity -ist (or at least played one for effect through his fiction) but he was also a fantastic storyteller, slyly infusing his tales with enough dark humor and irony to make even young readers feel like they're in on Dahl's cosmic joke.
    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is quite nonlinear, so it threw my more literally minded autistic son, but my daughter found the wild and crazy wild enjoyable. She especially enjoyed the space bits, which were almost science fiction-y enough for her.
    As always, especially with Dahl's wilder works, it's an acquired taste, not for all readers. But avid readers will want to taste Dahl's clever, intelligent story telling which, unlike many kids books (especially those tied in with movies, TV shows or licensed characters) doesn't treat young readers like thick-headed dummies who need moral messages drilled into their heads.

    Contains: Bad science, mean old people

    Recommended for: 8-12 yrs, flexible

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    That Was The best book ever

    I think this is a fantastic book you should make it into a movie because it would be the best movie in the whole world I just wan't to read it over and over again I enjoyed it so much that I think you sould wite a book about them going to Hawaii were I live that would be so awesome people will love it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    Great a Must

    this is agreat fun sequal

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    A Very Good Story for Young Readers

    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is a great story which continues the story of Willie Wonka. They break through the ceiling of the chocolate factory and take an adventure. I recommend this book to everyone looking for a good story to read.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    This is the best book in the world.

    This book I bought Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is because I am a Roald DAhl fan. The book starts where the first book left off(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). I recommend this outstanding book to all.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    wow

    im reading it because its for a book report and i juss grabbed the first book i saw. people did tell me that this book was great but so far....IM NOT LIKIN IT......AT ALL. all this about knids and space the president....what kind of mess is that. Roald dahl no disrespect u r a great writer but this book is not a favorite of mine

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    MAKE THIS INTO A MOVIE!!!

    great book! more like 6 stars! kept me on the edge of my seat! the rocketing into orbit around the earth, the space hotel, the commuter capsule getting attacked by knids,,,this MUST be made into a movie, otherwise the collection of 'wonka' movies/books will be incomplete.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    Willy Wonka in Space

    I really didn't know if I would enjoy this book as much as the first since the first half of the book is spent in outer space and not at the Chocolate factory. But once they do return to the factory, it picks up again. I still recommend this book, but the original is far superior. This shouldn't be turned into a movie.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2005

    My review....

    I love Ruald Daul's books I love reading them at night too put my self asleep even druing class i'll try to read a sentence or too

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    must read

    this was a great novel by ronled daul. i think this is better then the first.i relly liked it. this would have to be a must read.roneld daul has outdone himself.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Best book since james and the giant peach

    LOL THE MOST IN A LIFETIME AND WILL NOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Excellentcy

    I think this book is very excellent so far

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2004

    3rd grader SICK of that book!!!!!!!!!

    The Glass Elevator was not a good book. It did not have any adventure and it kept on switching subjects. I really enjoyed Charlie and the Chocolate factory though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    Ignore what reviewer #1 says......It's a cute book!

    Very cute book. I love Roald Dahl's style of writing. Much adventure in this book. Not really movie matieral, though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    That was........

    AWESOME!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Boringest book ever

    So boring i never finished reading it.

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    Posted June 5, 2014

    Calling China

    "The contrys so full of wing's and wong's that every time you wing(ring)you get the wong(wrong) number!!!!!!!!!""

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