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Book Review: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of my favorite movies, and was a pretty good book as well. So when I learned that Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Roald Dahl's sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was published in 1972, I decided to read it for the Birth Year Reading Challenge.

This book picks up right where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ends, inside Charlie's tiny home with his parents and grandparents, Willy Wonka and the elevator. Charlie and his entire family are moving to the chocolate factory, and Willy Wonka is taking them there by elevator. Because three of the grandparents won't leave their bed, they push the bed right onto the elevator along with everyone else. Then they take off up into the sky, on the way back to the factory. But they soon go too far and end up in orbit around the earth. Soon they find themselves watched by astronauts and chased by aliens before they are able to make their way back to earth and the factory.

I have to say I didn't enjoy Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. It just was so different than the first book. The characters weren't all that interesting, and the circumstances were quite ridiculous ~ even more so than those of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The end of the book takes place back in the factory, and this was more enjoyable and more in line with the escapades of the first book. But overall, I just didn't like it.

Rating: 2/5

This review was written based on a copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that I borrowed from the library.

Comments

  1. That's too bad...I didn't think Roald Dahl was capable of writing an unenjoyable book :( I vaguely remember reading this & not being as impressed with it as its predecessor either. Oh well, better luck next read :)

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  2. Interesting. Can you believe I've never read a single Roald Dahl book? I know, I know - I've been remiss (I have seen some of the movies, though!)

    My kids always liked his books, though they haven't read either of these.

    Sue

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