Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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Bantam Books, Oct 1, 1984 - Children's plays - 164 pages
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A sequel to Charlie and the chocolate factory which takes Charlie, Mr. Wonka, Charlie's parents and grandparents on a most extraordinary journey. Thanks to Mr. Wonka and a couple of buttons that did and did not get pushed, the Great Glass Elevator and all its passengers find themselves orbiting in space and into a marvelous, cliffhanging adventure.

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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

I don't have nearly enough suspension of disbelief to make most of Dahl's work palatable. This is no exception. It's ridiculous without being funny and stupid without being interesting. Read full review

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User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

Fantastic story. The audio version has a special appeal due to the drama in the reader's voice and tone. This is a great book when you need a laugh at ridiculousness that sometimes is pretty close to real life (at least in August 2017). Read full review


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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, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

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