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CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR Hardcover – September 1, 2016
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A splendiferous new hardback of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and exquisite endpaper designs.
WHOOSH! Inside the Great Glass Elevator, Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket and his family are cruising a thousand feet above the chocolate factory.
They can see the whole world below them, but they're not alone. The American Space Hotel has just launched. Lurking inside are the Vernicious Knids - the most brutal, vindictive murderous beasts in the universe.
So grab your gizzard! Hold your hats! Only Charlie and Willy Wonka can stop the Knids from destroying everything!
Listen to CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios!
Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! and HOUSE OF TWITS inspired by the revolting Twits.
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- ASIN : 0141361549
- Publisher : Puffin; First Edition (September 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780141361543
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141361543
- Reading age : 7 - 9 years
- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.43 x 0.75 x 8.03 inches
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Even aside from that issue, it is rather a bad book. A fictional US president, his cabinet, and other world leaders simply take turns cracking wise with knock-knock jokes, dated cold-war gags, and adults behaving like children. It sort of reminds me of the Marx Brothers when they were off. Yes, they frequently had their troubles, which typically would result in four men running in circles, hoping that something funny would result. Now imagine dispensing with the sight-gags and trying to get a laugh out of that by reading the script and stage directions instead.
This was a fun read as are most Dahl reads, but it falls short of the mark of his excellent work for a couple of reasons. Firstly, we get dizzying and amazing glimpses into more areas of the Chocolate Factory, but it's glimpses. Very rarely do we really dig into new rooms fully and in that sense, at times the book felt rushed. There's also a big chunk that takes place in space and in the Glass Elevator. It seems like these chapters serve mostly to show how amazing and indestructible the Elevator is rather than push forward most narratives.
In the end, the book is SUPER random even by Dahl's standards and sometimes it really works and sometimes you're left wondering more than you enjoy. That said, it's a very enjoyable book and if you didn't have amazing books like the first Charlie Bucket book or James and the Giant Peach, it'd be held in higher regards. When the story settles down a bit, it's a pure delight, but quite often you're switching from one location to another at breakneck speed that even the glass elevator would have trouble keeping up with.
As for the characters, Charlie is as "Charlie" as ever and just a practical, sweet, nice kid, with a good head on his shoulders. Grandpa Joe has some excitable moments but isn't as much in the forefront as in the first book. The other grandparents kind of blend one into the other although Grandma Georgina is by far the crabbiest one, almost seeming as if she was related to the other four kids who got wonkad in the first book. Btw, there are some inconsistencies in the ages of the grandparents from book 1 to book 2. In book 1, they're mostly in their 90's if I'm not mistaken, while in Book 2, they're dropped down to their 80's. Some other small details here and there make me smile as an indie author and when I see people complain about inconsistencies. (It's kind of comforting that they can happen).
Something I did notice is that things from this book did make it into the first movie adaptation and that semi sad and occasionally contemplative Wonka we saw in the first movie is the same one that is at one time having a poignant moment when something unpleasant is happening and he finds comfort in the churning of his chocolate waterfall.
Don't get me wrong though, it's still a silly and very fun book and I read it pretty quickly. It's just that it falls slightly short from the high marks of Dahl's best books, which isn't exactly easy to surpass or even equal. Even so, a highly enjoyable read that begs to be enjoyed with your sweet of choice.
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This book is very well written. It is the second book in the "Charlie and the..." series, (the first one being Charlie And The Chocolate Factory).
The book starts with them being in the Elevator, and then they eventually link up with the Transport Capsule that was heading to the 'Space Hotel'.
Then the 'Vermicious-Knids' come after both the Transport Capsule and the Great Glass Elevator, after that they eventually come back down to Earth.
Highly recommended, 5 stars (I would personally rate more if there were more stars to select), but there isn't so I can't.
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