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George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl

George's Marvelous Medicine (1980)

by Roald Dahl

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George’s Marvelous Medicine. By Roald Dahl. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. Puffin. 1980. 96 pages. 978-0142410356. Grades 2-5.

Left alone with his odious grandmother, George cooks up a magical concoction, composed of a whole host of household items (from hairspray and horseradish sauce to animal pills and antifreeze), to replace his grandmother’s medicine – not realizing the crazy consequences it will have. Dahl’s recurring theme of children’s triumph over malevolent adults is an enjoyable one for young readers. Blake’s scratchy line drawings help carry the story’s plot, even in their simplicity – his spiky-haired, claw-fingered grandmother is a perfect witch of a woman. The book’s language is expressive and fanciful, but the illustrations help make the work accessible for all readers – and the work would also make an entertaining read-aloud for a group of grade school children. The universality of Dahl’s themes and his grasp of childhood emotion have helped this work age well: its irreverent approach to adult figures makes it a timeless classic for young readers. Recommended. ( )
  tierneyc | Dec 4, 2014 |
One of the better shorter Roald Dahl chapter books, this one is about a boy who concocts a marvelous medicine that his grandmother greedily takes, ending up with some problematic consequences--that only get more problematic as his greedy father encourages him to reproduce his medicine and his grandmother ends up taking George's Marvelous Medicine Number Four with even worse consequences. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
In George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl, George is a little boy who's grandma always tells him that he's growing too fast. He couldn't help growing too fast and that's why he really hates his grandma. George makes a medicine to try to fix his grandma but it doesn't go as planned. It's a really nice book and it's funny reading about what actually happens to his grandma after George secretly gives the medicine to his grandma. It's a very funny and unusual book and I definitely recommend reading it if you like unusual things happening in a story. I absolutely love the books by Roald Dahl! ( )
1 vote MaheenA | Mar 28, 2014 |
I was surprised because George's imagination was great. He even added things that are not real food to make his grandma's medicine! And what happened to her was awesome. I really enjoyed reading this book. ( )
1 vote AoMizuno | Mar 5, 2014 |
Classic Roald Dahl with slightly wacky characters behaving in only the unusual way Roald can portray. Good read aloud for 7-8 year olds. A bit of adult humor thrown in at the end. ( )
  magnolia2 | Feb 5, 2014 |
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"I'm going shopping in the village," George's mother said to George on Saturday morning. "So be a good boy and don't get into mischief."
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A taste of her own medicine.

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 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!

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George decides that his grumpy, selfish old grandmother must be a witch and concocts some marvelous medicine to take care of her.

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