Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl - Book Review

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl - Book Review

After “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Dahl introduces a sequel that starts exactly where the first book left off. In “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”, Mr. Wonka takes Charlie and his entire family into the glass elevator and brags about his marvelous inventions that seem to span the entire globe. 

Mr. Wonka hits the button that takes them to space in order to land through the rooftop into the chocolate factory. However, something goes wrong and Willy Wonka, as well as the entire Bucket family, finds themselves in a U.S Space Hotel. 

While Dahl’s imagination takes the readers on a unique adventure into outer space, it is overshadowed in comparison to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, when it comes to the depth, the strength of the characters and the mischievous deeds of the kids from the first book. Another issue that arises is that half the plot is set in space and the glass elevator; the readers do not get much of the chocolate factory or the Oompa Loompas.

Book Details

Title: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Format: Paperback
Author: Roald Dahl
Language : English
Publisher : Puffin Books
ISBN: 0142410322

Furthermore, when the glass elevator, finally, takes them all back to the factory, the story focuses on the bed-ridden grandparents and how eating some of the latest Wonka creations affected them. 

While Dahl continues to use the same style of writing that he used in his previous book, it is not as gripping and entertaining as the first book. 

This book focuses, too much, on the annoying characters of the bed-ridden grandparents giving the impression that Dahl depended on already present characters, Charlie’s family, instead of having to create new characters and introducing their backstories. The plot is not as interesting or gripping as most of Dahl’s other books and that’s why it is easy to forget the existence of this book. Unfortunately, if you read it with the same expectations as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you’re bound to be disappointed.

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