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From Publishers Weekly

This celebrated, splendidly matched author-illustrator team here present a 64-page love story that is equally sweet and silly. For years, Mr. Hoppy has leaned over his balcony rail to gaze longingly at Mrs. Silver, who lives one floor below him. But all of her attention and affection is showered upon her pet tortoise, Alfie. Although the creature seems content, his devoted owner is concerned because he has gained a mere three ounces in the 11 years she has owned him. When the distressed Mrs. Silver tells her neighbor that she will be his "slave for life" if he can find a way to make Alfie grow, the determined Mr. Hoppy devises an elaborate scheme to make her think the tortoise is growing. (Since tortoises, according to Mr. Hoppy, are backward creatures that "can only understand words that are written backwards," his exhortation to the pet begins "Esio Trot"--which is "tortoise" reversed.) It is a happy Hoppy who gets all the credit--and Mrs. Silver's hand. Adults and older children will appreciate Dahl's superior storytelling skills, and will chuckle at Blake's animated, cartoony drawings. But the book's length and subtle humor make it less suitable for beginning readers. All ages.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Grade 3-6-- What is this? A love story by Dahl? By the master of the malign, the nabob of the nasty, the king of the coarse, the baron of the body function? Can it truly be he? Well, in a word . . . yes--it can. And to those who still disbelieve, it's a sweetly insouciant love story at that. For years, old Mr. Hoppy has loved his neighbor, Mrs. Silver, a widow who, alas, only has eyes for her pet tortoise, Alfie. The details of how her wish that Alfie would grow a little faster inspires Mr. Hoppy to win the widow's heart will not be divulged here (but it has something to do with the fact that "Esio Trot" is "tortoise" spelled backward). There's not much room for character development in this slender story, but Blake's jauntily scribbled illustrations are--as always--the perfect comic complement and manage to give even Alfie a personality. --Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0740 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (January 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142413828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142413821
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is very charming, and very cute.
Hedera Femme
Where, Mr. Hoppy would do anything to ask Mrs. Silver for a cup of tea, Mrs. Silver is busy giving all her attention and love to her pet tortoise, Alfie.
mira thomas
I highly recommend this entertaining and charming book.
Matt Hetling

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read Esio Trot by Roald Dahl.I tought it was the best book I ever read. Mr.Hoppy wanted to marry Mrs. Silver. Mrs. Silver did not know that Mr. Hoppy wanted to marry her. The book is about his plan to get Mrs.Silver to fall in love with him. I liked when Tortoise number 8 got stuck in his house. I also like when Mr. Hoppy wrote in tortoise language. That was funny. My favorite part was when Mr. Hoppy had 140 tortoises!
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This takes no time at all to read

You're done in half an hour

It shows how far a man will go

to prove he has some power

To win the love of Mrs. S.

He pulls a clever ruse

If he can make her tortoise grow

He knows she won't refuse

Tortoises with matching shells

He plays his clever game

It takes an awful lot of work

To win his dizzy dame

ESIO TROT (spelled backwards please)

Gets larger as he'd said

And when he even shrinks it down

He gets inside her head

The moral of this leery tale's

"All's fair in love and war"

If you really want your lady's heart

Then it's worth cheating for

ADNAMA SDRAHCIR, YRAURBEF 62, 6002
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Hi I'm Elyssa I'm in 2nd grade. I'm 7 years old. I just finished reading Esio Trot .It is about a man named Mr.Hoppy. Who loves a woman named Ms.Silver.Ms.Silver has a pet tortoise that she wants to grow so Mr.Hoppy gives her a piece of paper that says some weird words.I like this book because it is funny. I think the funniest part of this book is when Mr.Hoppy gives Ms.Silver the piece of paper and Ms.Silver says there are an awful lot of poos in there aren't there? I love Roald Dahl books. My favorite Roald Dahl book is Matilda. Matilda is a little girl who can read all the books in her house by the age of 3.I recommend both Matilda and Esio Trot for ages 7 and up. I wish I could tell you the ending .But you'll have to read the book to find out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Happy loved Mrs.Silver. Mrs. Silver wanted Alfie to grow but Alfie didn`t grow. If Mr. Hoppy could make Alfie grow, Mrs. Silver would be his slave for life. So Mr. Hoppy had a secret plan. He would make a grabber to switch Alfie with a bigger tortoise. Then Alfie got too big for his house so Mr. Hoppy put his plan in reverse. Then he asked Mrs. Silver to marry him. I thought this book was funny. The person who wrote Esio Trot is Roald Dahl.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Esio Trot has characters named Mr.Hoppy and Mrs.Silver. Mr.Hoppy went to all the petshops in town and got 140 tortoises to try to trick Mrs. Silver into believing that he made her tortoise, Alfie grow bigger. I like this book, it is cool and also it's nice to read. It is funny. I think Roald Dahl should write another book to let us know what happened to Mr. Hoppy and Mrs. Silver. The book is fun to read because of the characters.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lani E on June 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My second graders laughed with delight throughout the short chapter book, and gave a rousing cheer at the very end! We all enjoyed Esio Trot tremendously. This is one of my new favorites in Roald Dahl books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
Have ever imagined a lady in love with a tortoise? If so, "Esio Trot" is the book for you. Mr. Hoppy has a crush on Mrs. Silver. But Mrs. Silver has a crush on a tortoise named Alfie. This book has a lot of funny characters, big surprises, loads of tortoises action and sly and shy characters. This book is very good because the pictures help you understand what's going on. A lesson learned from this story is never lie to make someone in love fall in love with you. Find out what happens to a man and his scheme to make Mrs. Silver fall in love with him.

JB, Michigan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews on February 18, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
My son (8) and I (the Mom) reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. You can visit our website for the full reviews.

SON SAYS:

The book is about a man who lives in an apartment who is very lonely but under him, there’s one person he secretly loves but he won’t tell anybody. That person (Mrs. Silver) gives all her love to her pet tortoise, Alfie. Mrs. Silver thinks that Alfie is not growing fast enough and he’s too small. So, one day, Mr. Hoppy tells Mrs. Silver about a secret spell to help Alfie grow. Then, he invents the tortoise catcher, goes to a pet shop and buys 140 tortoises and then every few days, he switches a tortoise for a bigger one so it looks like Alfie is growing. Then, Mrs. Silver is happy and they get married.

I think the pictures were really funny and cool. I really liked the one with Mr. Hoppy and all the tortoises in his living room. I liked the spell because it’s really cool how it works, but I can’t tell you how. I liked how he went to buy tortoises so he could switch them every few days. He was sneaking around and it was funny. I thought it was really good, cool, and funny. It was one of my favorite books by Roald Dahl. I would give it 5 stars. I think that a lot of people might like this book but some might not. Some grown-ups might like it – my Mom did!

MOM SAYS:

Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake have created a unique and memorable story in Esio Trot. If you are already a fan of Dahl’s children’s books, I’m sure you will also enjoy Esio Trot! It is a great choice for reading aloud or for independent readers who are not quite ready for middle grade tomes such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Ages 5 to 10.

* This book was purchased as a Christmas gift for my son. All opinions expressed are our own. *
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