Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Book review by Stephany Aulenback, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Not up to the original, but entertaining.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 10+

High peril and death?

We read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory aloud to our 6- and 8-year-old kids, then quickly started this one because they liked that one so much. Bad idea! This book is not suitable for the same age range. Everyone ends up fine in the Chocolate Factory, but not the case here. I stopped when the chapter ahead included the entire world (through TV and radio) watching and listening to the screams of a space crew getting murdered by aliens who are also hunting Charlie and his family. Before that, peril was already higher than I was comfortable with and the characters didn’t have much charm. It seemed like he was banking on people liking Willy Wonka, Charlie, and his family enough from the first book that them being dull/useless in the second wouldn’t matter.

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 15+

racist presentation of character(s)

I am a teacher and began this book with a student after reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I really wished I previewed it and returned it. Around chapter two is the use of the word idiot. I regret continuing on. Around chapter 5, is a very racist depiction of a Chinese character who speaks with an accent in which he mispronounces and misuses English words in a silly way that demeans the culture. It is a very stereotyped, racist presentation and clearly outdated in the world we live in today. I had to put the book down and have a discussion with my student about racism because I felt morally obligated after reading that aloud. Our discussion was the great teachable moment of the experience but the book is trash. Plus there are explosions and slapstick violence described in the book.

This title has:

Too much violence

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