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George's Marvellous Medicine Paperback – 6 Sep 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars 411 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Age Range: 7 years and up
  • Publisher: Puffin (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014132273X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322735
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (411 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the perfect book for young readers who have developed a taste for reading about gruesome and wicked things" (Big Issue Scotland) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Format: Paperback
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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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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Format: Paperback
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 have recieved this great product was very well packaged and was delivered to me on time many thanks Every one i thought had herd of ronahld dahl and his grwat childrend books but talking to my hreat friend in the states and other americans i know i have asked if they new the author and to my astonishments none have herd of the books or movies. my great frien i have bought this book to send as a gift for his young son hopefully he will get what i got out of them truely majical
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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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George is alone at home taking care of his grandmother, and unlike my grandmother and your grandmother, George's grandmother is not very nice. So George decides that what his grandmother needs is some stronger medicine than usual and he decides to make his own. When you read what George puts into his medicine your jaw will drop and you will scratch your head. You will know that it just cannot be right to be everything into his medicine that George cooks up in his enormous stewing pot. Half of the stuff will certainly cure all sorts of ills, but the other half are not meant to be taken internally by any living creature.
Because of this exaggerated hyperbole (which is neither redundant nor repetitive), Roald Dahl's story of "George's Marvelous Medicine" cannot be taken seriously, which is exactly why it is so much fun. No way, not George and certainly not the reader, could possibly imagine what happens when grandmother gulps down her first spoonful of the new medicine. Dahl is not only inventive, he is irreverent, which is why he appeals to children and former children alike. Quentin Blake provides the illustrations, as he does for most of Dahl's stories, and the combination is beginning to seem as ideal as that between Carroll and Tennille. Like George's strange and wonderful adventure, reading Dahl's stories allows us to touch the edge of a magic world.
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