Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
The sequel to Roald Dahl’s beloved book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator,” first published in 1972. This book continues the adventures of young Charlie Bucket, his family, and the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.
“Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator” picks up exactly where the first book left off, with Charlie, his parents, his four grandparents, and Willy Wonka aboard a magical glass elevator, soaring into the sky after leaving the factory. In this story, the elevator accidentally goes into orbit and docks with a space hotel, leading to encounters with a host of new characters, including the President of the United States and a group of dangerous, alien-like creatures known as Vermicious Knids.
Unlike its predecessor, “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator” includes a good deal of science fiction, with much of the plot set in outer space. The story also delves into the surreal as Charlie’s grandparents take too much of Wonka’s de-aging formula, leading to some interesting predicaments.
Despite the enduring popularity of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and although “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator” contains its own charms and whimsical narrative, the sequel never achieved the same level of acclaim or recognition. Regardless, both books remain key parts of Roald Dahl’s much-loved literary output.