There. It’s confirmed now. I’ve gone bonkers over Dahl. This is the fourth time I’ve shuffled through my To Be Read pile and found nothing satisfactory except Dahl. I started reading Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator, and couldn’t put it down till I finished it.
Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator is a sequel to Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. After Mr. Willie Wonka hands over the charge of the chocolate factory to Charlie, he decides to take Charlie and his family to live in the factory in that big, magical glass elevator of his. The elevator is big enough to house Mr. Wonka, Charlie, his parents, Grandpa Joe and a huge bed with Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina and Grandma Josephine in it. The great glass elevator, being not just an ordinary elevator, can move every which way – sideways, diagonally, upward, downward and even up and out. And up and out is how the elevator moves when Charlie and his family and Mr. Wonka set out in it for the chocolate factory. And it takes them straight to outer space.
Charlie and his family have an adventurous time at the new restaurant that the government of USA has started in space, all thanks to Mr. Wonka. They return to the chocolate factory, only to have some more adventures.
I enjoyed reading this book too, but somehow it didn’t charm me the way Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and The BFG did. I loved the humour of Dahl’s in this book, though, and was literally laughing out loud at parts. Like all of Dahl’s books that I’ve read so far, this one too is full of fun adventures, magic, humour and lessons. I’d definitely recommend it to all fans of fantasy fiction.