Title: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Author: Roald Dahl
Page Count/Review Word Count: 181
Although its predecessor was wonderful, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is an unconvincing sequel to one of the greatest children’s novels ever written. It’s worth reading, but only if you really loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Still, at least it contains some of the same characters that we know and love from before, including Charlie Bucket and his grandpa and the erratic Willy Wonka. Here, they blast off in to space in the great glass elevator in the Wonka factory, and the book covers their adventures as they make their way back to earth.
What is cool, though, is that Dahl originally planned to write a sequel – called Charlie and the White House, it was supposed to tell the story of young Charlie’s escapades in the home of the American president. Only one chapter was ever written, and judging from this story, that’s probably a good thing – it’s tragic when Dahl disappoints.