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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Puffin; Unabridged edition (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141348356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141348353
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her chronic grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma's in for the surprise of her life-and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden, surrounded by odd bits and pieces such as a suitcase (used as a footrest), his own hipbone (which he'd had replaced) and a heavy ball of metal foil (made from years' worth of chocolate wrappers), Roald Dahl wrote some of the world's best-loved stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, The Witches, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach and lots more.

Quentin Blake is one of Britain's most successful illustrators. He has illustrated nearly three hundred books and he was Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator. He has won many awards including the Whitbread Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal and taught for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art. In 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted in the New Year's Honours.

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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

Molly
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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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I thought maybe my son was a little young, at only just 5, to be reading many of our Roald Dahl collection. This, though, was always one of the most accessible, and after reading him the blurb, he was very keen.

It is appropriate (and also sets children up for the devilish subversion, wordplay and childish havoc of longer Dahl books), with short chapters, pictures on almost every page, and a plot that catches them from the very beginning.

It was always one of my favourites - I DESPERATELY wanted to make the medicine, even if I knew I didn't have all of the ingredients George finds.

George is a good little boy, if a teeny bit mischievous, though it's quite obvious, even to my son, that his Grandma really is horrible and deserves everything she gets. The descriptions of her are marvellous, from her teeth to her puckered-up mouth. I gave her a bit of a witch's voice, which seemed to work. I did wonder if the section where she does start to speak as though she is magic was a little scary, but he seemed nonplussed. George himself makes the medicine but doesn't really himself change or grow in the story, he sparks it off and watches it take over. The ingredients are great (the names! the descriptions! a little over my son's head but I laughed as I read).

Of course, the scene of the 'medicine taking' is brilliant, he grinned from start to finish and loved the results. The short chapters work very well here, each leading to more exciting things ahead (this took us three bedtimes, though he would have had it in one if I could have managed it!).
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There can't be very much to say here that hasn't already been said. I am just adding my voice to the masses that grew up with Roald Dahl and now loves reading these stories to their own children. Dahl's story telling is as always second to none. I actually think that this is probably his best story, from the perspective of a child, and reading it again I remember all the joy I felt as a ten year old when coming across this immense wealth of language for the first time. So many writers and television programmes condescend children and go with cheap jokes about bodily functions, Dahl loved all of those dirty, silly jokes too, but he has enough respect for children to know that you don't have to dumb this stuff down. The English language is so rich and should be celebrated with adverbs and adjectives that roll around in your mouth and then you give life to, painting the story in full colour and life for your children. I think his use of language is actually more sophisticated than most authors who write for adults. Wonderful.

I confess that the first time I read this to my kids, I edited out some of the ingredients from the "magic medicine" as I did not want to give the impression that playing with all those things we had warned them against could be fun. However, I later found out that their teacher had already read them the unabridged version, so I shouldn't have worried (or else maybe I should have worried!). That is the only concern I have with this book. I encourage everyone to read this to their children, and celebrate every page with them. But you all know your kids and keep that in mind.
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This world by the magnificent Roald Dahl is often overlooked but has to retain a place as one of my best loved books for children. It is a joy to read, and when I recently read it to a young reader the wicked wit and storytelling came back to me. It has the most marvellous images, perfect for all ages except the very young. A joy.
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Simply a brilliant book, been wanting to get a copy of this on my kindle since I bought my first one...but grandchildren, please be nice to your grandparents! They're not all like the grandma in this story!!!
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