Sunday, April 26, 2009

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (RDRM #5) And Wrap-Up!

I've completed the Roald Dahl Reading Marathon (RDRM)! It has been quite intense reading all the five books and reviewing them at the same time in just two days. I was knackered at the end of it, but totally enjoyed the experience.

Out of the five books, Matilda is my favourite story. Unfortunately, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is my least favourite. They're all fun, though. My favourite cover is James and the Giant Peach. There is a common theme running in most of them featuring bullies and protagonists being orphans. I'd like to do something like this every weekend. It's good for clearing out the TBRs too (provided I don't go buying new books like I did the Roald Dahl ones!). I'd probably do a Nora Roberts trilogy marathon next.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
By Roald Dahl (Author's Website)
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published: 2007
ISBN-13: 9780141322698
208 pages

Back cover synopsis: Charlie Bucket has won Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and is on his way to take possession of it. In a great glass elevator! But when the elevator makes a fearful whooshing noise, Charlie and his family finds themselves in splendid orbit around the Earth. A daring adventure has begun, with the one and only Mr Willy Wonka leading the way.

I pick this book as the last book to read because I first started reading Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which I had enjoyed very much. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator continues the adventures of Charlie Bucket, his family and Mr Willy Wonka. All the eight of them are shooting into the sky in a glass elevator and then things get out of control. The glass elevator overshoots and goes into orbit.

And so the mad adventure begins. What have you got in this story? A space hotel, the American President, the Vermicious Knids (a nasty looking enormous slimy wrinkled greenish-brown egg with eyes), and a whole lot more. It is truly nonsensical.

I am sorry to say I did not enjoy this as much as all the others in the reading marathon. I guess I could not stomach too much nonsense all at one go. Having said that, it is still a fun book!

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