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First published by Jonathan Cape Ltd 1973
Published in Puffin Books 1975
Reissued with new illustrations 1995
This edition published 2007
Text copyright (c) Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, 1973
Illustrations copyright (c) Quentin Blake, 1995
All rights reserved
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For my daughters
Tessa Ophelia Lucy
and for my godson
1 Mr Wonka Goes Too Far
2 Space Hotel 'U.S.A.'
3 The Link-Up
4 The President
5 Men from Mars
6 Invitation to the White House
7 Something Nasty in the Lifts
8 The Vermicious Knids
9 Gobbled Up
10 Transport Capsule in Trouble - Attack No. 1
11 The Battle of the Knids
12 Back to the Chocolate Factory
13 How Wonka-Vite Was Invented
14 Recipe for Wonka-Vite
15 Good-bye Georgina
16 Vita-Wonk and Minusland
17 Rescue in Minusland
18 The Oldest Person in the World
19 The Babies Grow Up
20 How to Get Someone out of Bed
Mr Wonka Goes Too Far
The last time we saw Charlie, he was riding high above his home town in the Great Glass Lift. Only a short while before, Mr Wonka had told him that the whole gigantic fabulous Chocolate Factory was his, and now our small friend was returning in triumph with his entire family to take over. The passengers in the Lift (just to remind you) were: Charlie Bucket, our hero.
Mr Willy Wonka, chocolate-maker extraordinary.
Mr and Mrs Bucket, Charlie's father and mother.
Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, Mr Bucket's father and mother.
Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina, Mrs Bucket's father and mother.
Grandma Josephine, Grandma Georgina and Grandpa George were still in bed, the bed having been pushed on board just before take-off. Grandpa Joe, as you remember, had got out of bed to go around the Chocolate Factory with Charlie.
The Great Glass Lift was a thousand feet up and cruising nicely. The sky was brilliant blue. Everybody on board was wildly excited at the thought of going to live in the famous Chocolate Factory.
Grandpa Joe was singing.
Charlie was jumpimg up and down.
Mr and Mrs Bucket were smiling for the first time in years, and the three old ones in the bed were grinning at one another with pink toothless gums.
'What in the world keeps this crazy thing up in the air?' croaked Grandma Josephine.
'Madam,' said Mr Wonka, 'it is not a lift any longer. Lifts only go up and down inside buildings. But now that is has taken us up into the sky, it has become an EVEVATOR. It is THE GREAT GLASS EVEVATOR.'
'And what keeps it up?' said
'Skyhooks,' said Mr Wonka.
'You amaze me,' said Grandma Josephine.
'Dear lady,' said Mr Wonka, 'you are new to the scene. When you have been with us a little longer, nothing will amaze you.'
'These skyhooks,' said Grandma Josephine. 'I assume one end is hooked on to this contraption we're riding in. Right?'
'Right,' said Mr Wonka.
'What's the other end hooked on to?' said Grandma Josephine.
'Every day,' said Mr Wonka, 'I get deafer and deafer. Remind me, please, to call up my ear doctor the moment we get back.'
'Charlie,' said Grandma Josephine. 'I don't think I trust this gentleman very much.'
'Nor do I,' said Grandma Georgina. 'He footles around.'
Charlie leaned over the bed and whispered to the two old women. 'Please,' he said, 'don't spoil everything. Mr Wonka is a fantastic man. He's my friend. I love him.'
'Charlie's right,' whispered Grandpa Joe, joining the group. 'Now you be quiet, Josie, and don't make trouble.'
'We must hurry!' said Mr Wonka. 'We have so much time and so little to do! No! Wait! Cross that out! Reverse it! Thank you! Now back to the factory!' he cried, clapping his hands once and springing two feet in the air with two feet. 'Back we fly to the factory! But we must go up before we can come down. We must go higher and higher!'
'What did I tell you,' said Grandma Josephine. 'The man's cracked!'
'Be quiet, Josie,' said Grandpa Joe. 'Mr Wonka knows exactly what he's doing.'
'He's cracked as a crab!' said Grandma Georgina.
'We must go higher!' said Mr Wonka. 'We must go tremendously high! Hold on to your stomach!' He pressed a brown button. The Elevator shuddered, and then with a fearful whooshing noise it shot vertically upward like a rocket. Everybody clu