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The 1972 sequel to ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' by Creator/RoaldDahl, [[ImmediateSequel beginning directly where the previous book left off]]. Charlie, having just inherited ownership of Willy Wonka's factory, crashed through the roof of his home to pick up his family in Mr. Wonka's huge glass elevator (it can go in any direction, not just up and down). Having spent the past 20 years in bed, Charlie's grandparents (except for Grandpa Joe, who was already out) refused to get out of bed, so Mr. Wonka, Charlie, and Joe just pushed the bed into the Elevator.

Now, Wonka flies the Elevator ''really'' high, with the intention that they will then shoot straight down through the roof of the chocolate factory. However, panicky Grandma Josephine accidentally causes them to fly into space, where they end up in orbit around the Earth. What happens up there is just the ''first'' half of this novel, because Grandma Josephine and her fellow bedmates manage to get themselves in even more trouble once everyone's back at the factory...

You'll probably be unsurprised to hear that this book was/is a lot less popular than the original ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'', though it remains in print to this day. It has never had a film adaptation, since Dahl hated ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' enough to refuse all rights to make this book into a film. The 2005 Creator/TimBurton adaptation has complete closure, negating the circumstances of this book. However, Richard George adapted it into a play, and there's been at least five different audiobook versions.

Dahl was working on a third book, ''Charlie in the White House'', but when he died, only one chapter was complete, [[OrphanedSeries hence the lack of real closure at the end of this one]].

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!!This story provides examples of:

* AbsurdAltitude: The action proper begins with the elevator winding up in Earth's orbit.
* ActionizedSequel: The first half is an outer space adventure, and even the second half, while more in line with the first book's events, has an OrpheanRescue.
* AdultsAreUseless: Or in this case the U.S. government.
* AnAesop: The Oompa-Loompas deliver a song about not "help[ing] yourself/To medicine from the medicine shelf" in the wake of the grandparents' de-aging themselves with too much Wonka-Vite. Also counts as...
** SpaceWhaleAesop: Taking forbidden medicine and/or too much of it will either de-age you out of this plane of existence ''or'' confine you to the toilet for most of your waking hours for the rest of your life.
* AndTheAdventureContinues / SequelHook: At the end, the gang is off to the White House to be hailed as heroes...
* ArtificialGravity: In the Space Hotel.
* AscendedExtra: Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina have much larger roles here than in the first book, especially Grandma Georgina who becomes a {{Foil}} to Willy Wonka and takes on a TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong role.
* AssKicksYou: A Vermicious Knid attempts to ram the Great Glass Elevator with its tail. Gets inverted into a LiteralAssKicking when it bounces right off and is left with a large purple bruise on its rear.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The President's fly-killing device (see KansasCityShuffle below).
* BlackComedy: As in the first book, characters go through some awful transformations and experiences, but humor is never far away.
* BlobMonster: The Vermicious Knids.
* CartoonBugSprayer: Mr. Wonka uses one to administer the Vita-Wonk to Grandma Georgina.
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: As per the title of its predecessor.
* ChewToy: Grandma Georgina, making her the standout character among the grandparents this time around.
* ComicFantasy: Though it shades more into science fiction than the first book did, especially in the first half.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Grandma Georgina is the grouchiest and most vocal of the protagonists, and is never right about anything. [[TheChewToy And suffers more abuse than any of the other characters.]]
* ContinuityNod: As the elevator heads down to Minusland, Mr. Wonka notes that he hopes the ''other'' elevator that runs on the same track isn't headed in their direction. ("I've always been lucky before.") Much the same dialogue appeared in the first book when the tour group first rode the elevator.
* CulturalTranslation: The previous novel used the term ''lift'' in the U.K. edition and ''elevator'' in the U.S. one. The U.S. edition of this book came out ''before'' the U.K. one, hence the title; the first chapter of the U.K. version includes additional dialogue to justify the use of the term ''elevator'' throughout (specifically, Wonka regards the lift as an elevator now that it's acting as an air/spacecraft and is thus ''extremely'' elevated).
* DeathByGluttony: Grandma Georgina barely avoids this when she is stopped from taking ''six'' Wonka-Vite pills, which would have made her minus 42 years old! (Not that four isn't too many for her anyway, but with six Georgina would have ''really'' been screwed.)
* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion: In the backstory, the Vermicious Knids have ''tried'' to invade and conquer Earth the way they did several {{Sacrificial Planet}}s (see below) but Earth's atmosphere is too much for them -- what look to humans like shooting stars are actually Vermicious Knids burning up when they try to pass through.
* ElevatorGag: The Book! It goes into space, it goes down to a hellish limbo...
* EurekaMoment: Grandma Georgina wailing "Why can't we go home?" triggers this for Willy Wonka when he can't figure out how to escape the chain of Vermicious Knids (see RememberedICouldFly below).
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin / InWhichATropeIsDescribed: As with its predecessor, many chapter titles spoil the events of said chapters, especially in the second half ("Good-bye Grandma Georgina", "Rescue in Minusland", etc.).
* EyeOfNewt: Wonka-Vite and Vita-Wonk consist primarily or entirely of such ingredients. The former needs such things as "the trunk (and the suitcase) of an elephant" and "the horn of a rhinoceros (it must be a loud horn)". The latter requires things that can specifically "create age" -- ancient trees and animals are the source of these.
* FountainOfYouth: One Wonka-Vite pill de-ages the taker 20 years.
* FrictionlessReentry: While the book is full of ArtisticLicense in regards to physics, this Trope is nearly inverted completely, because reentry does cause friction here. The mistake made, however, is that Mr. Wonka claims it is the reason that the Knids cannot invade Earth (saying they would burn up in the atmosphere if they tried) but they were able to invade Mars and Venus without this problem. If anything, Venus would be an even bigger problem for this reason, and they wouldn't be able to invade Mars either.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** There's a fleeting mention of a movie star named "Helen Highwater".
** Not to mention a ''literal'' example: Granny Pinklesweet's chocolate-brown anti-constipation pills.
* GravitySucks: Inverted. When the Elevator gets "too high", it spontaneously starts orbiting the Earth.
* GrowlingGut: The little girl who overdoses on anti-constipation pills gets an ''extremely'' noisy case of this, to the point that neighbors think it's thunder!
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The first half deals with the elevator going into space and the encounter with the Vermicious Knids. The second half deals with the effects of Wonka-Vite on the grandparents, with the events and new characters of the first half forgotten until the final chapter.
* {{Handwave}}: Mr. Wonka claims that Wonka-Vite is too valuable to waste on himself, which is why he needs an heir. That doesn't stop him from wasting a great deal on Charlie's grandparents!
** Also, Mr. Wonka explains that the elevator can fly because of "skyhooks". When someone asks what the skyhooks are ''attached'' to, he brushes off the question.
* {{Hellevator}}: The Great Glass Elevator is able to travel to a subterranean land that's effectively "Hell without heat" to facilitate an OrpheanRescue.
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: The Vermicious Knids.
* HypocriticalHumor
-->''[Everyone in the world is watching the Great Glass Elevator in space on a television camera.]''
-->'''Showler:''' Looks like some kind of a war dance, Mr. President.
-->'''President Gilligrass:''' You mean they're Indians!
-->'''Showler:''' I didn't say that, sir.
-->'''President Gilligrass:''' Oh, yes you did, Showler.
-->'''Showler:''' Oh, no I didn't, Mr. President.
-->'''President Gilligrass:''' Silence! You're muddling me up.
* ImmediateSequel: Picks up right where the first book ended, with the elevator heading back to the factory.
* InformedAbility: A humorous example: The three American astronauts transporting the staff to the Space Hotel are introduced as being "handsome, clever and brave", and proceed to do absolutely nothing, much less anything clever or brave, for the rest of the book. It's still possible they are handsome.
* InstructionalTitle: The final chapter is called "How To Get a Person Out Of Bed". For those wondering how, it's [[spoiler: give them an invitation to the White House]].
* InsubstantialIngredients: Certain ingredients in Wonka-Vite are these -- "the hip (and the po and the pot) of a hippopotamus", for instance.
* InsultBackfire: The Vice President, Elvira Tibbs (who was also President Gilligrass's nanny when he was a boy) sings a song about how Gilligrass is doltish, semi-literate, and utterly incompetent. He loves the song.
* InvisibleMonsters: The Gnoolies of Minusland are invisible, inaudible insects. The only sign of their presence a human can feel is their bite, and once bitten, the victim is doomed to slowly be divided into more Gnoolies.
* KansasCityShuffle: The President of the United States, [[{{Pun}} on the fly]], invents a convoluted device for killing flies. It is basically a walkway mounted on two miniature ladders on each side, with a cube of sugar hanging from the center of the walkway. As the President explains, the fly would climb up the first ladder and would be traversing the walkway when it would catch sight of the sugar cube and become tempted by it; just before it decided to make its way down the hanging string to eat the sugar, however, it would realize that there is a bowl of water directly beneath the hanging cube, meaning that the fly would drown if it fell. As a result, the fly would continue walking over to the second ladder, feeling smug that it had avoided the water trap - until it started to descend the second ladder and fell to its death because the President had left off one of the ladder's rungs near the top. It's parodious, since flies obviously aren't smart enough for such an overelaborate trick to work, and they can't fall to their deaths because they can, y'know, ''fly''.
* KidSidekick / TagalongKid: Charlie doesn't get to do a whole lot in this story other than occasionally play TheWatson -- a role he shares with all the other adults that aren't Willy Wonka, the real protagonist this time out.
* KnockKnockJoke: The President inflicts a few of these on people.
* MadeOfIndestructium: The Elevator is "shockproof, waterproof, bombproof, bulletproof, and Knidproof". Sure enough, the Elevator is undamaged when a huge Knid rams it at high speed.
* MinusWorld: Minusland is a dreary example of this.
* MistakenForAliens '''and''' MistakenForSpies: The elevator's passengers are first regarded as the second trope by the rest of the world. Then Willy Wonka decides to invoke the first trope when he is told to identify himself and his companions at the Space Hotel (there are no cameras in there, so he assumes a funny voice and basically ''trolls Earth''). Ultimately, after he and the others help save the Space Hotel crew and guests from the actual aliens that turn out to be in the hotel, they are regarded as heroic astronauts rather than spies, with no one the wiser about the prank he pulled.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "The President said a very rude word into the microphone, and ten million children across the country began repeating it gleefully and got smacked by their parents."
* NeverMyFault: The bed-ridden grandparents blame Mr. Wonka for the whole mess with the Wonka-Vite, never mind that he had flat-out warned them how powerful the pills were yet they proceeded to overdose on them.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The President of the United States was UsefulNotes/RichardNixon at the time of this book's writing, but here he is called "Lancelot Gilligrass".
* {{Omnibus}}: ''The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka'' collects this book and its predecessor in one volume.
* OrpheanRescue: For Grandma Georgina.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Lancelot R. Gilligrass may be the arch-typical President Buffoon. (In Quentin Blake's illustrations, he bears a strong resemblance to a similarly incompetent fictional president, [[Film/DrStrangelove Merkin Muffley]].)
* OutsideContextVillain: The Vermicious Knids, whom most of humanity is completely unaware of; when the crew and guests of the space hotel are attacked by them, they have no choice but to flee. Luckily, Willy Wonka is this to the Knids -- he not only knows what they and their weaknesses are, but took the trouble to ensure that the Elevator is Knidproof!
* PhlebotinumOverdose: Happens twice: First when the three grandparents take the Wonka-Vite, and second when Wonka uses the Vita-Wonk to re-age Grandma Georgina. In the latter case, he doesn't have any choice, owing to an exact dose being tough to administer to what's essentially a ghost, but Charlie argues that he didn't have to spray her ''three'' times...
* PsychoSupporter: The President's [[GeneralRipper chief general]] is a PsychopathicManchild. ("[[StuffBlowingUp Let's blow everybody up!]] [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud Bam bam boom blam blam!]]") The President and the Vice-President have to constantly keep him from going rogue...and he does respectfully, if unhappily, defer to them, thus fitting this trope.
* RapidAging: Vita-Wonk, created as a counterpart to Wonka-Vite, causes this.
* RememberedICouldFly: The elevator spends a long time in orbit being pursued by a Vermicious Knid, which eventually links up with the rest of its kind to form a huge chain and manages to capture it (and the rescued space capsule). As the chain begins to head to the aliens' home planet, Willy Wonka admits that he's "at a loss" for a way to solve this problem...then the despondent Grandma Georgina wails "Why can't we go home?" This [[EurekaMoment reminds]] Mr. Wonka that they ''can'' just go home by directing the elevator to return to the factory -- which will burn up the aliens in Earth's atmosphere in the bargain.
* SacrificialPlanet: The Vermicious Knids are said to have eaten the former inhabitants of Venus, Mars, and the Earth's moon. The only reason why they haven't devoured Earth yet is because they can't survive the friction heat from plummeting through the atmosphere.
* SequelEscalation: Regarding the ActionizedSequel events listed above, in both halves the stakes are life-and-death and the possibility of the latter is taken more seriously than it was in the first book with regards to the bratty kids' misfortunes. Willy Wonka is the protagonist this time around rather than the AudienceSurrogate Charlie, and his eccentric hijinks are given a lot of page time (such as a stretch in which he basically ''trolls Earth'' by claiming he and his companions are aliens). There are also three new Oompa-Loompa songs, several songs/poems for Willy Wonka, and even a song for the President of the United States's nanny/vice president!
* SeriesContinuityError
** All four grandparents were said to be over 90 years old in the first book, but the three bedridden ones here are in their early 80s at most -- which wouldn't be such a big error if it weren't so important to the second half.
** The U.K. edition of the first book suggests Charlie and his family are British (they use British currency and such terms as ''sweets'' and ''lift'' in place of ''candies'' and ''elevator''). Here, they're specifically said to be American. Again, this factors into the plot, as Grandma Georgina's memories as the oldest woman in the world work their way through highlights of U.S. history!
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay:
** In the beginning, the elevator goes straight up into space, and then right into orbit, despite no forces parallel to the earth's surface being applied to the elevator during this time, which a rocket would need in order to orbit the earth. In reality, the elevator would have been pulled right back to Earth by the planet's gravity.
** At one point, Mr. Wonka states that while in orbit, you can't just turn around and go the other way. This is actually possible; just turn your rocket 90 degrees to the direction it's currently going in, then fire the rockets and your orbit route will change accordingly.
* SpaceElevator: The Great Glass Elevator enters space, though not on a "typical" cable. It uses a cable with "skyhooks". One end is hooked to the elevator, the other to... [[LookBehindYou Hey! Look!]] A [[WeNeedADistraction convenient distraction]]! That's more Mr. Wonka deflecting the question by {{handwav|e}}ing the Elevator's support/propulsion mechanism than a genuine explanation. Essentially, the book does not ''contain'' an explanation. The elevator also has "rockets" which the illustrations depict as nothing more than an exhaust bell underneath, attached to the outside of the glass, with no sign of the rest of the rocket engine or the fuel tanks. Really the thing works by something between AppliedPhlebotinum and [[AWizardDidIt magic]], and it is [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief not useful to try and explain it rationally]].
* StunnedSilence: When Charlie and Mr. Wonka return from Minusland, the rest of the Buckets have been struck stone-silent by the dreadful sight of the now-ancient Grandma Georgina.
* StupidEvil: The Vermicious Knids twist their stretchy bodies in to the letters "S-C-R-A-M," thus frightening off their victims and depriving themselves of a meal, because, as Mr. Wonka explains, "They're tremendously proud of being able to write like that," and ''scram'' is the only word they know how to spell.
* ToiletHumor: In response to the grandparents taking too much Wonka-Vite, the Oompa-Loompas perform a song telling the sad tale of a little girl who foolishly helped herself to the tastiest-looking stuff in her grandma's medicine cabinet -- which turned out to be chocolate-flavored laxatives. She survived, but ever since (as the overdose was so high) she's had to spend seven hours in the ladies' room every day.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Well, more of an ''intentional'' period piece, as Grandpa Joe outright states that it's the year 1972 (justified in the context of the plot, though).
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: It's Grandma Josephine's panicking that causes the elevator to fly into orbit when she keeps Mr. Wonka from reaching the controls that would have stopped it from going that high. They're lucky the elevator turns out to be equipped for space travel! (On the other hand, the heroes will ultimately save many people for being in space.)
* UrbanFantasy: As per its predecessor.
* AVillainNamedZrg: The Vermicious Knids.
* VirusAndCureNames: The FountainOfYouth pill Wonka-Vite isn't a virus, of course, but the RapidAging counterpart developed specifically to re-age those who are rendered ''too'' young is known as Vita-Wonk.
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: The Buckets, whose nationality was not stated in ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'', are revealed to be Americans here, in the wake of the 1971 movie that cast them thus.
* WhosOnFirst: Mr. Wing and Mr. Wong on the phone, and explaining the carpets are wall-to-wall to Mr. Walter Wall.
* WorldOfPun: The book is filled with puns, such as the Chief Financial Advisor trying to balance the budget. (It kept falling off his head.)
** As well as the aforementioned Mr. Wing and Mr. Wong leading to the president saying that "every time you wing you get the wong number."
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Willy Wonka, recounting the story of how he invented and perfected Wonka-Vite, lets on that he tested the prototype versions of the pill on 131 Oompa-Loompas, one at a time. It's clear that ''something'' went wrong every time until it was perfected and worked splendidly on the 132nd, but when pressed by the Buckets, he won't say what that was. After Grandma Georgina overdoses on the pills and is de-aged into Minusland, Mr. Wonka finally explains to Charlie that the 131 Oompa-Loompas went through the same experience she did (as the pills were too powerful at that point). Mr. Wonka rescued them all by creating Vita-Wonk and journeying down to Minusland to bring them back, a terribly long and risky process and thus one he didn't want to discuss in the present.