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Roald Dahl
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6 Sep 2007

George's Marvellous Medicine is one of Roald Dahl's most brilliant tales of naughtiness.

Most grandmas are kind and helpful ladies. Not George's grandma. She's a grumpy and grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson. So when it's time for her medicine, George concocts a bubbling, frothing, marvelous mixture, which is guaranteed to send her through the roof . . .

"A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" David Walliams

***with an exciting look into Roald Dahl's world***

Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began to write after "a monumental bash on the head", sustained as an RAF pilot in World War II. Roald Dahl died in 1990.

Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved children's illustrators and it's impossible now to think of Roald Dahl's writings without imagining Quentin Blake's illustrations.

Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014132273X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322735
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake have made an important and lasting contribution to children's literature (Guardian) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Classic Dahl in an enticing, collectable new format. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bestest book ever! 26 Mar 2006
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I remember my first year of primary school, my teacher read the class this book. After that i was hooked i went out and got my parents to buy me the book as soon as my teacher read the last few pages! Now being 17 im still fascinated at how thrilling and outrageous the book is but everytime i read it, it has me hooked till the last page. i recommend this book to any adult that has children or just to the adults themselves!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
George's marvellous medicine book review.

George is a thrilling, wonderful boy who had to put up with a grumpy, old, lazy Grandma who always bosses him about.
He then had an amazing idea so he could get his own back!
He decided to make a marvellous medicine and it worked, but very weirdly!
Suddenly the old, lazy Grandma started screaming and steam came out of her waxy ears and then she shot up like a rocket into the air!
No wonder that happened after what George had put in.
He put in shampoo to pig pills, and nit cream to shoe polish!
Mr. Kranky is George's dad and he is sometimes off his head unlike his mum Mrs Kranky. She is quite strict but sometimes fun!
I think this story is a very fun one so I give it...
4 Stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A big fan of Roald Dahl 21 Feb 2014
My Granny Richards read George's Marvellous Medicine to me when I was seven and I really liked it. I enjoyed it even more when we read it in class when I was nine-years-old. My favourite part was when George made the medicine with awful ingredients like slugs, snails, paint, animal pills, medicine, toothpaste, shampoo and all sorts of other disgusting, foul liquids. I used to make potions too when I was younger, and I got some great ideas from George on how to improve my magic potions (which I would make at night when I should have been in bed!).

The funniest drawing in the book is on page 87 when George gave a chicken the marvellous medicine which caused the chicken's neck to grow longer and longer and even longer. It looked very funny.

I've read many Roald Dahl books, and I liked this one but not as much as Fantastic Mr Fox (my favourite).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
We read George's Marvellous Medicine in class with our teacher and it was very funny! George made a marvellous medicine for Grandma because she was mean, unkind, nasty and because she said yucky things to George. She was very bossy with George. George put all sorts of crazy things in his medicine like animal pills, nail varnish and brown shoe polish. When George gave Grandma the medicine, all sorts of weird things started to happen! When George's father came back home he couldn't believe his eyes about what had happen to Grandma and he was shocked! I loved this story because it was exciting and it made me laugh when George's father, Mr Cranky said "shut up grandma". I'm glad I don't have a granny like George! My grannies are the best and not like George's Grandma! I would recommend this book to all children aged 6 to 8 years old because it will make them laugh!!!!! I think children would like to read other books by Roald Dahl like The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me; and the BFG because they are very silly stories!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bubbly Medicine for Bedtime 15 Oct 2012
"George's Marvellous Medicine" by Roald Dahl .The number 1 storyteller!
Roald Dahl has written lots of books in his career and this is a children's favorite.
I read this book because someone told me it was a best seller. After I looked on Amazon, read all the reviews and I started to get more interested.
Surprise! It was my 10th birthday and a friend gave the book to me as birthday present.


It was about a boy called George who was very clever and had astonishing creative skills. His Grandma was a mean old grumbler, so for a punishment he decided to put his skills to the test and to make his own medicine! Literally sending grizzly Grandma through the roof! George made a thick, gooey, brown, bubbly liquid. (Medicine) which he gave Grandma on a spoon.
This book was inspiring and creative and will capture the imagination of any child who reads this book. It will make you laugh and it will send you off to bed in a good and happy mood!

It was a brilliant read couldn't put the book down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The marvellous book 21 Feb 2014
George is an 8 year old kid who lives on a farm with his mother and father.One day his mother went shopping and his grouchy grandmother was supposed to keep an eye on him.The grandmother needs to take a medicine at 11 o'clock,George thinks his grandmother is creepy so he prepares a false medicine.Once she takes the medicine she has steam coming out of her mouth and she grows very tall.

I liked this book because it was interesting, funny and completely insane.
I would recommend this book to new readers.

By Alessio Mazza
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book 19 Feb 2014
This book is about George who is 8 years old. He has a nasty, horrible Grandma. Grandma always wants George to eat mountains of cabbage 3 times a day with slugs, worms and caterpillars, but George is very afraid. Then George has a good idea, he's going to make some magic medicine to get rid of Grandma.
I really liked it when Grandma became gigantic and crashed through the roof. It was also pretty funny when George's father told Grandma to shut up. If I were George I would just go to the store and buy a catapult and blast her off to the sky. That would be a good revenge.
I would recommend this book to any of my good friends because the book was really really super and it was really really funny.
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As with all of Roald Dahl books this is excellent reading for children. Recommended by my child's teacher to read alongside his school books, he really enjoyed it which prompted me... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars My book reveiw
I liked it when when he mixed everything together now I'm going to do one for my boring brother GEORGE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always a great fun read!
I have read this book to lots of children I have taught and now my own 5 year old son who loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Naomi Julian
5.0 out of 5 stars Son loved it!
Just finished reading this to my four year old and he really enjoyed it! He said quite simply "it was marvellous"!
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