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George's Marvelous Medicine Paperback – June 1, 1998

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From Publishers Weekly

Knopf includes George's Marvelous Medicine and Fantastic Mr. Fox in its roster of handsomely redesigned hardcover Roald Dahl reissues. In the first novel, George comes up with a potion to improve the mood of his grumpy grandma; the second centers on the efforts of farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean to catch the titular thief. Both feature Quentin Blake's original illustrations and include an interview with the author. (June)
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-Richard E. Grant performs this reading of Roald Dahl's tale (Puffin, pap. 1998) with an appropriately British accent. Fully-voiced, the production is expressive and pleasing, making a great story an even better read-aloud. As George seeks a cure for his grandmother's grumpiness, his creative elixir produces surprising results. Listeners will appreciate the humor, suspense, and resolution in this silly plot so typical of Dahl's writing. Appropriate for listening centers, reading classes, literature studies and general circulation, the length and reading level of this title will be appreciated by those who work with reluctant readers. Consider this purchase essential for libraries with audio collections.
Kirsten Martindale, Buford Academy, GA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141301112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141301112
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,677,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Have you ever had a rotten relative that you would like to get rid of? Well this is the book for you.
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My name is Natasha. I read the book George's Marvelous medicine
This book is written by: Roald Dahl
This book is wonderful. It's about a boy named George. George has a grandma that acts like a wicked witch. Throughout the book George tries to make medicine that would make his nasty grandma be nice.
I really like this book because the author describes the medicine and the characters and what happens to them so well that I could picture it in my mind.
I recommend this book to kids who have wild imaginations and like to make pretend potions.
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George's Marvelous Medicine is a fantastic book, for all ages! It's hilarious and will make anyone laugh. Once you start reading this book you won't be able to get your nose out of it!!! I would rate this book a most definite five, or the highest rating possible!!! I read this while I was on vacation and no one could get me to go anywhere! The plot was set in the English countryside, where an eight year old boy, named George was stuck with his horrid grandma, who told him all sorts of terrible stories that frightened him to death! Eventually, George got so fed up with the obnoxious old hag, that he made up a special medicine, to replace her regular daily medicine. The medicine works wonders, and makes the grandma taller than a house, and very spunky!! If you enjoy strange and wonderful humor,fun and exciting books, or Roald Dahl books, I strongly reccomend this!!!
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A Kid's Review on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
George's Marvelous Medicine

By: Roald Dahl

Reviewed By: S. Kim

Period: 1

George's Marvelous Medicine is about how a little boy who hates his grandmother. When it is time for him to feed his grandmother his medicine, he makes a concoction of different things. Although he was late in giving his grandmother his medicine, his grandmother still took it. You may be thinking, oh where are his parents or his guardian. Well, they left for an errand and left George's grandmother in charge. That was a bad idea, but nobody knew that George was thinking of a way to destroy his grandmother. He gave the medicine to his grandmother and something odd happened. His grandmother turned very long and tall. Her head broke up into the ceiling. She was literally taller then the house! Then George knew there was something odd about his medicine that he put together. So he decided to try it on a hen, a pig, bullocks, sheep, a gray pony, and finally a goat. One thing that he realized in all animals was that the medicine made it get bigger in size. Obviously his parents were outraged, and needed a place where grandma can sleep, and the only place was the barn, so she slept there for a while. George and his father needed something so that it would make his grandmother smaller. So they came up with another concoction. They gave the new medicine to George's grandmother and when they did she became smaller and smaller. She was so small that you can barely hear her scream or talk. Then some how George's grandmother became smaller and then disappeared into thin air. This was a good thing for George, but at first his mother going crazy. Then after a while she said that her mom disappearing was okay.
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As a kid this book got me in a bit of trouble. After reading how all those ingredients made a magical potion what do you think I did? I tried to stuff every gloopy liquid into a pot and make my own Mary's Marvelous Medicine, needless to say, it didn't work out. Regardless, I remember how much I loved this book as a child so I decided to go back and give it a gander as an adult.

Poor George is always being tortured by his evil grandmother who he suspects may be a witch. One day when George is left alone with his grandmother he is charged by his mother to feed the old lady her medicine. Fed up with her constant criticism, George decides to teach her a lesson by making his own medicine for her to swallow. Using every household item he can get a hold of, George creates his own potion and feeds it to his grandmother, the results are quite large (literally)!

While I did enjoy this book as a child I would definitely caution parents about what age they let their child read this book. George uses a lot of dangerous items in the potion and in the book it all turns out well but if kids tried to ingest this, it could be fatal so if you are going to let a small child read it, explain this to them. Overall I'd recommend it to a slightly older child who may still be able to appreciate the whimsy without being tempted to try this themselves.
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we all love Roald Dahl - his stories are just so wonderful. my 8 year old son has read or been read most of his children's books now. this is still one of our favorites. when grandma had a fire in her belly my son starts to roll on the floor!
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My children and I read this together. We spent a lot of time laughing as George prepares to give his grandma a dose of his marvelous medicine. The results are a lot of fun. How did I miss reading this as a kid?
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