Roald Dahl’s two masterpieces, considered to be children’s books were actually met with criticism before making it to mainstream readers’ nooks…or after.

The story is amusing, using kids as antagonists instead of adults – how kids could be annoying antagonists as adults. If you’ve watched the films Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1964) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) then you have an idea how the book goes. The movie followed closely how the story goes in the first book. the recent film featuring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka went to broaden the background of Willy Wonka’s life and a bit of the second book.

It tells the story of Charlie Bucket, a kid from a poor family with three 80+ year-old grandparents and one 78 years. Charlie wins a golden ticket and gets into a famous chocolate factory tour…He gets to meet a bunch of rich kids with really different traits. In the process he gets to win the heart of the factory owner, Willy Wonka, he later on won the factory to himself.

I haven’t heard of a sequence for the film and it appears that the story ended when Charlie and his family’s house are already inside the factory. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator tells the story of Charlie, Willy and Grandpa Joe’s travel from the factory to their house via the elevator. They fetched the family and traveled back to the factory but were accidentally ejected out of the earth’s atmosphere to space.

This is where the fantasy element of the book is widely tackled. This book dwells on the greediness or perhaps the want of adults to stay young — represented by the Wonka-Vite pills, something Wonka invented to make whoever eats it younger again. One of Charlie’s grandparents, Grandma Georgina being 78-years-old turned back to being “minus two” having eaten excessive amounts of pills.

Charlie and Wonka then journey in the Great Glass Elevator to Minusland –  a dark, gloomy region far beneath the surface of the Earth and where Wonka discovered the Vita-Wonk, a sprayable compound that makes people older. They were able to bring back the grandparents to their original age.

Related story about the movie here.