Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
Published by: Puffin Books
Genres: Children, Fiction
Date Read: 10/11/17
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is the superb sequel to the ever-popular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
Charlie Bucket has WON Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and is on his way to take possession of it. In a great glass elevator! But when the elevator makes a fearful whooshing noise, Charlie and his family find themselves in splendid orbit around the Earth. A daring adventure has begun, with the one and only Mr Willy Wonka leading the way.
“A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero” David Walliams
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.
Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved children’s illustrators and it’s impossible now to think of Roald Dahl’s writings without imagining Quentin Blake’s illustrations
I am currently trying to read through all of Roald Dahl’s books because growing up I loved the ones that I read. I originally read Charlie and the Chocolate factory when I was in middle school. I thought it was about time to finally read the second book.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was a very interesting book. It was not what I expected and I was very disappointed by that. More than half of the book takes place in space and in an elevator. It has nothing to do with the Chocolate Factory at all.
Then for the second half of the book they go back to the Factory and the Umpa Lumpas sang multiple songs. Nothing else that happened really had anything to do with the Chocolate factory.
This book was a much let down compared to the first book. Unlike it’s predecessor, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this book is probably a bit too far-fetched for it to grab the same amount of attention. There is still some great imagination, but there just seemed to be something completely lacking: possibly the very flimsy and thin plot and the rather annoying characters of Charlie’s bed-ridden grandparents.
Honestly, I was really bored during most of the book and it was hard to keep reading. This book has lost all the humour that was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the jokes are absurd and impossible to understand. At the beginning, the glass elevator goes too high and the passengers are stuck in space. We leave the Chocolate Factory and find ourselves in an uninteresting universe. It could have been nice for one chapter, that would have made an adventure for the characters before coming back to the Chocolate Factory, but it was complete nonsense for 12 chapters!
This sequel, it just didn’t work. One book would have been enough. It is true that the last third of the novel is rather nice but it is not enough to make up for a badly written book and a failed plot. My one piece of advice is that you should only read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which is, by the way, an amazing book!
Overall, the book was very scattered and way over the top. It was a chore to get through, honestly, but I just had to see how it would all come together in the end. The characters felt completely different in this book compared to the first.
That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Were you as disappointed in this as I was? Or did you actually enjoy it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.