|Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator|
|Author|| Roald Dahl
|Illustrator|| Joseph Schindelman (1st US edition)|
Faith Jacques (1st UK edition)
Michael Foreman (2nd edition)
Quentin Blake (3rd edition)
|Original Publication date|| 1972.
|Originally Published by|| Alfred A. Knopf
|Original ISBN||ISBN 0-394-82472-5 (first edition, hardback)|
| Preceded by|
Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970)
| Followed by|
Danny, the Champion of the World (1975)
− − Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was first published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1972, and in the United Kingdom by George Allen & Unwin in 1973.
Unlike the preceding book, a film version of this book has never been produced. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) disappointed Dahl to the point that he refused to have a film version of his second Willy Wonka book produced. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have announced that they have no intention of producing a sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ,although part of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was seen at the end of the 2005 film, with more features than the 1971 film which ended with Willy Wonka, Charlie and Grandpa Joe ascending in the elevator and admiring their village from below.
Dahl had intended to write a third book about Willy Wonka, but died before it was published. A manuscript of one chapter, titled Charlie in the White House, had been discovered by Dahl's children and later put online on a website dedicated to his work.
− The book commences with the end of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Willy Wonka had just given Charlie the ownership of his chocolate factory, and they crash through the roof of Charlie's house in a flying Elevator to inform his family of the good news. Charlie's grandparents (except Grandpa Joe, already mobile) after twenty years in bed, refuse to leave it, and the bed is carried in the Elevator itself. At a critical moment during their return trip to the factory, a panicking Grandma Josephine draws Wonka from the controls, and the Elevator is sent into extra-atmospheric orbit, wherein circles the Earth until Wonka sees the chance to link it with the newly launched Space Hotel'U.S.A.': a luxurious hotel with 500 rooms commissioned by the United States government.
− − In the White House, President of the United States Lancelot R. Gilligrass, Vice President Elvira Tibbs, the president's best friend, chiefs, and the U.S. Cabinet see the Elevator dock with the Space Hotel, and fear in contains hostile agents of a foreign government. When both China and Russia deny culpability, the CIA suggests economic espionage, with President Gilligrass asking "Who? Mr. Ritz? Mr. Sheraton? Howard Johnson?" but it is suggested it is "Mr. Hilton, as he has a hotel in every country, but does he have one in space?" However, this is also discarded as it is then suggested the group on the elevator may be extraterrestrials. On the Hotel, Wonka and the others hear the President address them across a radio link as Martians, and Wonka therefore teases Gilligrass with nonsense words and grotesque poetry. In the midst of this, the hotel's own elevator opens, revealing five gigantic amoeba-like monsters, which change shape: each forming a letter of the world "SCRAM". Recognising the danger, Wonka orders everybody of the Space Hotel. These shape-changers, Wonka tells the others, are predatory extraterrestrials called Vermicious Knids, waiting in the Space Hotel to consume its staff and guests.
− − Upon the Elevator's departure, the staff and astronauts go aboard, and the Knids consume 24 of the staff, while the others escape. Capable of flying in space at improbable speeds, the Knids dive-bomb at the shuttle's engines and hull, destroying the rockets, the cameras, and the radio antenna. Seeing all this from the "Knidproof" Great Glass Elevator, Charlie suggests that he and his companions to tow the shuttle back to Earth. In agreement, Wonka pilots the elevator into range, whereupon Charlie's Grandpa Joe connects the two vessels by means of a steel cord. The Knids change into living segments of a towing line, with which to capture the two spacecraft, while a single Knid are incinerated in the atmosphere. At that right moment, g releases the shuttle, which floats safely home. The Elevator then crashes into the chocolate factory.
− − Though requested by Charlie, his grandparents Georgina, George, and Josephine still refuse to move out of their bed, and Wonka prescribes a rejuvenation formula, called 'Wonka-Vite'. The three bedridden recipients take much more than they need, and lose eighty years: making George one year old, Josephine three months, and Georgina absent altogether. Accordingly, Charlie and Wonka journey in the Great Glass Elevator to "Minusland" (a limbo containing those subject of Georgina's transformation), where Wonka restores her with "Vita-Wonk", a sprayable compound that makes people older. Upon her return, Georgina has become 358 years old, and her memory entails a long history beginning with the voyage in the ship "Mayflower" and ending in the present moment. Using a more cautious dose of Wonka-Vite, her companions restore her correct age of 78. As she becomes increasingly youthful, Georgina recalls events in history, such as the surrender of Yorktown, the Battle of Appomattox and the Second World War, until she is finally restored to her appropriate age. Now back to her age, Charlie recommends doing it to his other grandparents. Georgina is not enthusiastic about this considering her experience, and does not want "a 20,000 year old caveman" as her husband. Charlie reassures her that theyonly had to use Vita-Wonk in aerosol form as she was a Minus, and they can administer a more precise dose for George and Josephine. The babies are returned to their proper ages, and immediately afterwards Marine One lands near the Wonka Factory, and a Marine comes with a telegraph, which reads:
− "RADAR TRACKED YOUR ELEVATOR TO THE WONKA FACTORY. WE REALIZED THAT DUE TO YOUR INGENUITY AND BRAVERY THE SHUTTLE RETURNED TO EARTH WITH 136 SOULS ON BOARD. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND AN INVITATION TO ALL OF YOU TO HAVE DINNER AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN YOUR HONOR. -LANCELOT P. GILLIGRASS, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES"
− "P.S. MR. WONKA, COULD BE PLEASE BRING A FEW SCRUMDIDDILYUMPTIOUS WONKA BARS? I AM A HUGE FAN BUT NANNY TAKES THEM FROM ME, SAYING I SHOULD NOT EAT SWEETS."
− Charlie prepares to go along with his parents and Grandpa Joe, but his grandparents protest. Charlie wonders how come, considering they won't get out of bed, but the other grandparents say that they do not want to miss this unique opportuntity to have dinner with the President, and board Marine One with the others. When they are flying over a big city, the grandparents realize it would be awkward to show up at the White House in their bedclothes, so Willy Wonka asks the pilot to dock Marine One atop the roof of a major department store. The story ends as everyone is purchasing nice clothes, to include proper eveningwear for the grandparents.