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George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald…

George's Marvelous Medicine (original 1980; edition 1997)

by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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Tongue just barely in cheek here. Eight-year-old George's grandma is horrible to him, especially when his parents aren't around, so one day when his dad is in the fields and his mom is at the grocery store, George decides to mix up his own medicine to replace Grandma's usual brown stuff. He proceeds to empty cans, bottles, and jars of all kind of inedible and poisonous substances from every room in the house into a big soup pot, gives it a stir and some heat, then pours a spoonful for his grandma...oh boy does it ever make a difference.

Grandma grows, Alice-style, till her head pokes through the roof; when George's father arrives home, he's less worried about his mother-in-law than about the potential to make enormous chickens, cows, pigs, and sheep. But will the second batch have the same effect as the first?

A fun sort of revenge story, as long as readers "don't try this at home."


Steam was shooting out of Grandma's mouth and nose and ears and whistling as it came.
"She'll feel better after she's let off a bit of steam," Mr. Kranky said. ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 23, 2015 |
This is are fantasy book. It makes your imagination go wild and i love the creative texts and pictures. I recommend this book for year 3, 4,5, 6. The morel of the story is to be nice to every one you see at home or in the street. ( )
  stellagrasso | Feb 8, 2015 |
I can’t remember much about “George's Marvellous Medicine”, as I read it when at primary school, but I do recall how popular Roald Dahl was with most if not all of the class, and this book was amongst the most popular. For that reason I’m rating this four stars and hope I’m not being unjustified.

I either read this or had it read to me (the equivalent to an audio book) or both somewhere from 1983-85, thus I’ve put 1984 as reading dates as an average. I will have read/heard a few of Mr Dahl’s books during this period, of which some titles I can’t remember at all.

If I had to or wanted to re-read any children’s books for some reason or other then I’d definitely opt for works by this author. All these years on and he’s left a very faint yet happy memories in the back of my mind. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Feb 5, 2015 |
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 |
My review can be found at http://chapterofdreams.com/?p=4600 ( )
  mlbelize | Jan 27, 2014 |
It's ok. No no grandma. Me hate grandma. Me caveman. Ok. Bye. ( )
  krbridger | Nov 11, 2013 |
I'm getting closer to reading all of Dahl's children's books before I move onto to his other works. I had a discussion with a couple people after reading this about why this hasn't been (and probably never will be) turned into a movie. Just read it to find out. ( )
  AmberTheHuman | Aug 30, 2013 |
I adore Roald Dahl. I really do. His books are frantic and crazy and somewhat evil, but the good and bad people get what's coming to them, and there's lots of fun along the way, and he isn't afraid of language at all. He just thumps down everything that works, all the wriggliest slimiest yuckiest words he can find, if necessary, and it all works and is tremendously fun, because it's Roald Dahl.

The most sinister thing in this book to me now is not Granny -- she's creepy, yeah, but she's a creepy old lady, cantankerous and grumpy and a bit witchy, and that's nothing new -- but George's father, who is just clearly out to get rid of Granny. That, I find creepy: a responsible adult being anything but.

As a kid, I'm sure I loved it.

I especially loved making a potion, and the rhyme George sings while he makes it. It was always in my mind when I was making potions, as many kids do, but something always made me afraid to taste it, just in case it exploded me or shrank me or something equally untoward... ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
When George's parents are away for the day, George is responsible for giving his Grandma her dose of medicine. But the medicine never seems to do his horrid, grouchy grandma any good, so he decides to mix up a batch of his own that will either make her nice or disappear. Throwing in a little or a lot of most household stuff he can get his hands on makes for a marvelous medicine.

I had read George's Marvelous Medicine as a kid and I must say the rereading didn't disappoint. The writing was charming and lyrical and the artwork was fun. Several of the descriptions made me laugh out loud - like George's grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish old woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog's bottom. I did read it a little different as an adult; I was thinking about how much the medicine was costing as George kept dumping perfumes and animal pills in the pot. And all the ideas this could give a kid! ( )
  aliciamay | Jan 22, 2013 |
Grades 2 and up (fantasy)
George is looking after his mean grandmother. He decides he wants to make her a new medicine to cure the meanness. When he gives it to her, she grows very tall. His father, a farmer, decides to use it to enlarge all of his animals. George cannot remember all of what he put into the medicine, so when they make more it doesn’t work the same. The fourth batch they make causes shrinking. Grandma drinks a whole cup and shrinks until she disappears.
Read on a BBC TV program
  HardenB | Nov 26, 2012 |
Why did i pick it up: i usualy like to rad Roald Dahl books and this one was one i hadn't read yet. I think it was wone of the first ones i read

Why did i finish it: i was interested to see what was going to happen in the end and there was no boring parts, it flowed nicely

Who would i recommend this to: ages 9+, its good for young kids but ad ( )
  Lauramatarau | Aug 12, 2012 |
George's concoction should have killed grandma, but instead it has more surprising and hilarious jokes. Dahl's tales hardly turn out how we expect and going with it is where the fun lies. ( )
  Sassy_Seshat | Apr 30, 2012 |
Genre: Fantasy

Summary: George is tired of his mean Grandma, so he mixes up a marvelous medicine that performs wonders on her.

Media: not specified
  royabdunnur | Feb 8, 2012 |
George's Marvelous Medcine is about a little boy called George Kranky and his mother and father go out, and George has to give his grandma her Medcine at 11:00.He looks at the bottle and thinks then his grandma asks for some tea so he makes her some tea but forgets the saucer and the spoon so bak he goes to the kitchen.
He has an idea to give her a diffrent medcine and it is really funny. ( )
  cars27 | Jan 7, 2012 |
This book is about George's grandmother has the nastiest eating habits in the world and she is grumpy and also George decides to make a medicine for her. By sarah ( )
  5-6S.library | Oct 18, 2011 |
A fantastic use of words that allow the younger reader to engage in a short, humourous read. ( )
  rata | Oct 3, 2011 |
When George Kranky is left alone with his vicious maternal grandmother, and he gets the notion in his head to poison her, things get a little weird. Wavering between wanting to kill her and wanting to just knock her socks off, he blends all manner of ingredients whose warning labels typically say “In case of accidental ingestion, contact the poison control center.” The end result, though, is his marvelous medicine, which, instead of killing his grandmother, gives her great height. When his parents notice that it also increases the size of the family’s farm’s livestock, George’s father demands that George reproduce the wonderdrug. However, George is not a big pharmaceutical company with rigorous quality control and confguration management practices, so he spends the rest of the book trying to re-create his marvelous medicine.

I found this book to be one I would hesitate reading to a child. While it has the strong message of “stay the heck out of the medicine cabinet,” it does nothing to counteract the message of “poison the elderly.” I’d be too afraid of a child taking this book to heart, and getting a chemical cocktail for breakfast (or even worse, them creating chlorine gas by accident).

I’m sure the book can be read in good fun, but the general theme seems like one not best delivered to children, unless they’re smart enough to realize that such a thing wouldn’t happen. This book probably should have the poison control hotline’s number printed on the back or something.

As far as the prose itself goes, I found the story to be a bit dull and at times excessively dark. George is certainly no Charlie or James. In my mind, this goes up there with other misses by Dahl, which sad to say, has been roughly 50% of the books of his I’ve read. ( )
  aethercowboy | Sep 14, 2011 |
Definitely for an older audience (both in length and tone), this is a strange and somewhat dangerous story. George is a young boy with an awful live-in grandma. She's verbally abusive and possibly a witch. George is left in charge of watching her one morning and giving her a daily dose of medicine. He decides that what she really needs is a medicine that will cure her nastiness, meanness and crotchetiness (which I'm fairly sure is not a word). He goes around the house and collects all sorts of household products to add to the mix--hairspray, toothpaste, face powder, motor oil, paint and more--to make a truly toxic blend. What happens when he puts a bit into Granny?

I was getting a bit worried as we were reading the two or three chapters of "ingredients" that the kid was getting some bad ideas about what is safe to give someone to eat. This is definitely not a book for adventurous kids who may want to try concocting something on their own. Leave this one to the timid ones who will dream up crazy things but never act on them. This book was amusing but strange and had a rather awful ending. The kid even seemed a bit shocked by what happened.

http://webereading.com/2011/01/dahls-house.html ( )
  klpm | Jan 27, 2011 |
George’s Marvelous Medicine is a Roald Dahl classic. It is cute and funny but not one of my favorites of Dahl’s (I tend to prefer his books for older kids). I also got a little queasy at the idea of encouraging kids to mix household cleaners and motor oil together as a medicine. Most children will realize that it’s just humor, but this book is written for a rather young audience and some kids may still be adventurous enough to try something similar themselves. In short, make sure you know what your kid is reading, and have pertinent discussions about truth and fantasy. In the unlikely scenario that you don’t know anything about Roald Dahl: he has a dark (and gross) sense of humor. His books tend to be a bit silly plot-wise, but children just gobble them up. Dahl is a great writer for getting kids interested in reading. He has written a range of books for younger and older kids, and this book is for perhaps 6-8 year olds. If you don’t mind a bit of gross yuckiness and a wide range of purposefully unlikable adult characters, Roald Dahl has written some great ones! ( )
  The_Hibernator | Jan 9, 2011 |
Roald Dahl is funny and has good illustrations. George is smart to give his mean Grandma his own medicine. Better get a taste of your own medicince Grandma. ( )
  Ms.Turtle | Dec 29, 2010 |
george's marvellous medicine is yet another classic by road dahl... hes a well good author! Its about this boy who hates his Grandma. She has a puckered up nose like a dogs bottom! Whenever she takes a spoonful of medicine shes just as worse as before! So when George is left alone one morning to look after her he gets just the chance ....

Get it to find more!
P.S. There's a funny ending!
  hannm | Nov 17, 2010 |
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