Friday, April 15, 2022

Review of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Novel, Science
Book Club Event = Book List (06/04/2022)
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“Only Charlie and Grandpa Joe kept moderately cool.  They had traveled a long way with Mr. Wonka and had grown accustomed to surprises.  But as the Great Elevator continued to streak upward, farther and farther away from the earth, even Charlie began to feel a trifle nervous.” – Roald Dahl, Chapter 1: Mr. Wonka Goes Too Far, Page 12

“”I must admit,” said Mr. Wonka, “that for the first time in my life I find myself at a bit of a loss.”” – Roald Dahl, Chapter 11: The Battle of the Knids, Page 63

“”I have never met a man,” said Grandma Georgina, “who talks so much absolute nonsense!” 

“A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men,” Mr. Wonka said.” – Roald Dahl, Chapter 12: Back to the Chocolate Factory, Page 67



After Charlie had won the Chocolate Factory, and Willy Wonka picked up the rest of the Bucket family in a Glass Elevator, they went flying back to the Chocolate Factory.  But they needed speed to break through the factory, and so flew higher and higher.  Ended up breaking the gravitational pull of the Earth, and getting stuck in space.  But fortunately, there was a space hotel there.  Willy Wonka was out of Wonka’s element, but like usual, knew so much, and had inadvertently prepared for many of the trials in the adventure.  A space hotel was not the only visit, as Charlie and Willy Wonka also needed to go to Minusland, to rescue Grandma Georgina.  Throughout the adventures, Charlie and Grandpa Joe had kept their cool, as they were used to Willy Wonka’s eccentricities.  

The book tries to encourage the understanding of values, of what is more important.  That greed usually gets in the way of good decisions that help everyone.  And that instructions are there for a reason, and should be adhered to.  


A fast past and short short.  The creativity of the story sometimes gets ahead of its consistency.  

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book

•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•How and why did the group end up in space?
•What was in the space hotel?
•What is Minusland?
•What fantastic inventions of Willy Wonka were revealed in did story?
•How does Wonka handle arguments?
•Is the group going to meet the President of the U.S.A.?  What was preventing the visit? 
•What does greed lead to? 

Book Details
Edition ISBN:  9781101652961
Pages to read:   104
Publication:     2007
1st Edition:      1972
Format:            eBook

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          2
Overall           3