copyright 1972 "Third Printing" stated; "The further adventures of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka chocolate-maker extraordinary"; illustrated by Joseph Schindelman; Alfred A. Knopf publishers, New York; hardbound in tan in blue boards with blue embossed Charlie and Willie Wonka on cover - see pic book in very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket has minor tears and wear along edges - fair, see pics.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is a children's book by British author Roald Dahl. It is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, continuing the story of young Charlie Bucket and chocolatier Willy Wonka as they travel in the Great Glass Elevator.
The story picks up where the previous book left off, with Charlie and his whole family aboard the flying Great Glass Elevator. The Elevator goes into orbit accidentally, and Mr Wonka docks them at the U.S. Space Hotel. Shortly after their arrival, the hotel's elevators open, revealing man-eating monsters, known as Vermicious Knids, which form the word 'SCRAM'. Recognising the danger, Mr Wonka orders his group off the Space Hotel. The hotel staff themselves escape only after some have been (presumably) eaten by the Knids.
Charlie suggests towing the shuttle back to Earth, and in the process, the Knids are incinerated in the atmosphere. Mr Wonka releases the shuttle, and the Elevator crashes down through the roof of the chocolate factory.
Back in the chocolate factory, three of Charlie's grandparents refuse to leave their bed. Mr Wonka gives them a rejuvenation formula. They take much more than they need, subtracting eighty years. Two become babies, but 78-year-old Grandma Georgina vanishes, having become "-2". Charlie and Mr Wonka journey to 'Minusland', where Mr. Wonka sprays her with a compound that makes people older. Grandma Georgina has become 358 years old. Using a cautious dose, the three are restored to their original age.
Finally, the President of the U.S. invites the family and Mr Wonka to the White House, as a thank you for their space rescue.