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Charlie and the great glass elevator
Dahl, Roald.
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Publication Information:
New York : Puffin Books, 1998.

Physical Description:
159 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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.
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 5.0 5063.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.4 6 Quiz: 13414 Guided reading level: R.
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Mr. Willy Wonka might be a genius with chocolate, but Charlie and his family don't trust his flying skills one bit. And right now, he's at the helm of a giant glass elevator that's picking up speed and hurtling through space -- with Charlie and the entire Bucket family stuck inside! Roald Dahl's uproarious sequel to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is certain to delight and entertain a new generation of readers. "From the Hardcover edition."

Author Notes

Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946).

Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details.

Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, The BFG was made into a movie in July 2017, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Released eight years after the iconic original and one year following the film adaptation Dahl's madcap sequel picks up precisely where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory left off: a thousand feet up and cruising nicely. Yet the Buckets' joyride in the Great Glass Elevator quickly devolves from marvel into mayhem when Wonka launches the lift into outer space. The eight unlikely astronauts and their bed not only enter orbit, but into some serious skirmishes with everyone from the President of the United States, to Lancelot R. Gilligrass, to a legion of shape-shifting aliens, to the Vermicious Knids of planet Vermes. After our heroes rescue 136 souls from a cruel, Knid-related fate, the plot inevitably traipses back to the Chocolate Factory. There, Wonka takes his latest innovations, the youth-inducing Wonka-Vite and its counter, Vita-Wonk, for a whirl. As rollicking as it is ridiculous, Dahl's narrative, peppered with cautionary jingles (So now, before it is too late / Take heed of Goldie's dreadful fate), preposterous jargon (Bungo buni / dafu duni), outlandish recipes (Vita-Wonk's requires the back teeth of a 97-year old grimalkin), and unparalleled banter and bolstered by Blake's beloved pen-and-ink doodles is sidesplitting, strange, and boundlessly imaginative. Forgo the Wonka-Vite this one's ageless.--Shemroske, Briana Copyright 2016 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Charlie's adventures continue in Dahl's tongue-in-cheek, rambunctious sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Listeners will climb aboard a glass elevator with Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka and travel into outer space where they visit a space hotel, escape the Vermicious Knids, and save the world. It is hard to stop laughing at Dahl's clever puns and hilarious situations delivered by award-winning actor Douglas Hodge whose talent is reminscent of Jim Dale's extraordinary narration of the "Harry Potter" series. While his rapid pace takes getting used to, his timing and incredible range of voices bring this favorite childhood classic to life.-Terri Norstrom, Cary Area Library, IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.