Charlie and the great glass elevator picks up immediately where its predecessor, Charlie and the chocolate factory left off. Charlie, his parents, both sets of grandparents and Willy Wonka first head off on an adventure in space where they come across some vermicious knids, and then head back to the factory where one of Wonka’s new creations, Wonka-Vite, goes a bit wrong.
Before rereading this I wondered why I didn’t remember this story as clearly as I could remember Charlie and the chocolate factory, and I think it must be because it isn’t such a good story. I felt there was a lot of build up in the section in space, which then came to am abrupt end, and then the rest of the story back in the factory almost felt like a completely different book.
There are some classic Dahl wit here, but not his best story by far.