Published in 1972
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is the sequel to one of Roald Dahl's best-loved stories, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Willy Wonka has asked Charlie and the rest of the Bucket family to live with him. Now, moments after Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ended, we rejoin the adventure as the Great Glass Elevator blasts into outer space...
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is the sequel to one of the best-loved stories in children's literature. Published eight years after Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1972, it continues the story of Charlie Bucket, his family and the amazing Mr Willy Wonka. The book was dedicated to Roald's daughters Tessa, Ophelia and Lucy.
At first, Roald Dahl thought the word 'elevator' was too American, but the British word 'lift' seemed too boring. 'Air machine' was considered, but 'elevator' came out top in the end, although it is called a lift in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
This is Charlie. How d'you do? And how d'you do? And how d'you do again? He is pleased to meet you.
'Mr Willy Wonka is the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen!'
Grandpa Joe was the oldest of the four grandparents. He was ninety-six and a half, and that is just about as old as anybody can be.
These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr Bucket. Their names are Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine
'I can fly faster than any of you!' cried Grandpa George, whizzing round and round, his nightgown billowing out behind him like the tail of a parrot.
There she was again, the same cantankerous grumbling old Grandma Georgina that Charlie had known so well before it all started.
Mr Bucket was the only person in the family with a job. He worked in a toothpaste factory, where he sat all day long at a bench and screwed the little caps on to the tops of the tubes of toothpaste after the tubes had been filled.
You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.
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Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.