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George's grouchy grandma needs a taste of her own medicine, and George knows just the right ingredients to put into it! George's grouchy grandma needs a taste of her own medicine, and George knows just the right ingredients to put into it!


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George's grouchy grandma needs a taste of her own medicine, and George knows just the right ingredients to put into it! George's grouchy grandma needs a taste of her own medicine, and George knows just the right ingredients to put into it!

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean Barrs

    When I was twelve years old I gave a mini presentation to my English class about this book. Afterwards it was time for questions, one annoying girl (who looked strangely like Princess Leia from Star Wars) persisted in asking me, several times, if I didn’t realise that this was a “kid’s book.” She couldn’t understand how I could be reading it at my age; she even went as far as to call me childish. I was terribly insulted. I didn’t know how to respond. She went after me and gave her presentation o When I was twelve years old I gave a mini presentation to my English class about this book. Afterwards it was time for questions, one annoying girl (who looked strangely like Princess Leia from Star Wars) persisted in asking me, several times, if I didn’t realise that this was a “kid’s book.” She couldn’t understand how I could be reading it at my age; she even went as far as to call me childish. I was terribly insulted. I didn’t know how to respond. She went after me and gave her presentation on The Golden Compass which she said, whilst looking at me, with her nose up in the air, was a book for adults. Her mum had read it after all. "Never grow up...always down." So here I am, ten years on, reading my childish book and not giving two shits about it. If I could go back in time, I’d have a thing or two to say to that Princess Leia look-a-like. I’d tell her that you are never too old to enjoy a good children’s book; I’d tell her that a good piece of literature is universal, and has the potential to be enjoyed by all; I’d tell her that books are everything, and contain knowledge beyond her narrow comprehension; I’d tell her that I was still a child myself, so why couldn’t I read it? I’d tell her to stop pretending to be an adult, that’s not exactly something great. And most importantly, I’d tell her not to kiss boys with the last name Skywalker. That could be uncomfortable. I’m digressing here. But, what I’m trying to say is, despite what people like that girl whose name I have long since forgotten think, children’s books really can be enjoyed by all. This is a fun little story. It shows us that children can get their own back on adults who mistreat them; it shows us that people can only be pushed too far before they snap back. "George didn't say a word. He felt quite trembly. He knew something tremendous had taken place that morning. For a few brief moments he had touched with the very tips of his fingers the edge of a magic world." There’s being a strict parent (or grandparent), and then there’s parental tyranny. George is the voice of the little guy; he is the voice of a boy who learnt how to stand up for himself, and finally got his own back on those that were just that little bit too mean to him. And in the process he does some good too. Honestly though kids, don’t go feeding your grandparents weird concoctions; it could be incredibly dangerous!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Swaroop

    A fun read, and of course this book should come with a "do not try at home" warning! George's Marvellous Medicine is about the adventures (or can also be called misadventures) of George to make a medicine for his always grumpy grandma. The medicine does work, but in marvellously different ways. A nice, good read for all. A fun read, and of course this book should come with a "do not try at home" warning! George's Marvellous Medicine is about the adventures (or can also be called misadventures) of George to make a medicine for his always grumpy grandma. The medicine does work, but in marvellously different ways. A nice, good read for all.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Well...that's one way to deal with a cranky grandparent As a kid, I would find this mischievous and delightful. As an adult, I find George to be quite the monstrous little demon as he joyfully poisons grandma. Sure, the lady is grumpy and rude...but did he really need to make her disappear? I worry for George's parents, should they ever displease the little psychopath. Now, George says he just wants to make her better medicine. It's all a cover-up. Even at eight, you'd know whether or not adding s Well...that's one way to deal with a cranky grandparent As a kid, I would find this mischievous and delightful. As an adult, I find George to be quite the monstrous little demon as he joyfully poisons grandma. Sure, the lady is grumpy and rude...but did he really need to make her disappear? I worry for George's parents, should they ever displease the little psychopath. Now, George says he just wants to make her better medicine. It's all a cover-up. Even at eight, you'd know whether or not adding shoe polish and soap and paint and bottles and bottles of animal medicine would help or hurt your grandmother. Sure, he did accidentally create magic. It's really cute that the chickens grew and shrank under his "meds" BUT I'm on to him. Someone needs to monitor the young serial killer. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    George's Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl George's Marvellous Medicine is a book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. First published in 1981. It is one of Dahl's shorter children's books. While 8-year-old George's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kranky, are out running going shopping, George's maternal grandmother bosses him around and bullies him. She scares George by saying that she likes to eat insects and he wonders briefly if she's a witch. To punish her for her regular abuse, Georg George's Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl George's Marvellous Medicine is a book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. First published in 1981. It is one of Dahl's shorter children's books. While 8-year-old George's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kranky, are out running going shopping, George's maternal grandmother bosses him around and bullies him. She scares George by saying that she likes to eat insects and he wonders briefly if she's a witch. To punish her for her regular abuse, George decides to make a magic medicine to replace her old one. He collects a variety of ingredients from around the family farm including deodorant and shampoo from the bathroom, floor polish from the laundry room, horseradish sauce and gin from the kitchen, animal medicines, engine oil and anti-freeze from the garage, and brown paint to mimic the colour of the original medicine. After cooking the ingredients in the kitchen, George gives it as medicine to his grandmother, who grows as tall as the house, bursting through the roof. When his grandmother doesn't believe it was George who made her grow so tall, he proves it by feeding the medicine to one of his father's chickens, which grows ten times its original size. Mr. and Mrs. Kranky return home and can't believe their eyes when they see the fattest chicken ever and the grandmother. George's father grows very excited at the thought of rearing giant animals so that they can end world hunger, and his family will be rich and famous. He has George feed the medicine on the rest of the farm's animals, causing them to become giants as well. However, his grandmother begins complaining about being ignored and stuck in the roof, so Mr. Kranky hires a crane to remove her from the house. Her extreme height has her sleeping in the barn for the next few nights. ... عنوانها: «داروی معجزه ‌گر»؛ «داروی‌ ش‍گ‍ف‍ت‌ان‍گ‍ی‍ز ج‍ورج‌»؛ «معجون جادویی ج‍ورج»؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز نهم ماه آگوست سال 2000میلادی عنوان: داروی معجزه‌گر؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ مترجم: لیلی برات زاده؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌ ن‍ش‍ر م‍رک‍ز، ک‍ت‍اب‌ م‍ری‍م‌‏‫، 1378؛ در 94ص، مصور؛ شابک 9643054918؛ چاپ چهارم 1383؛ چاپ پنجم 1384؛ چاپ ششم 1385؛ چاپ هشتم 1390؛ شابک 9789643054915؛ چاپ نهم 1393؛چاپ دهم 1396؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی - سده 20م عنوان: داروی‌ ش‍گ‍ف‍ت‌ان‍گ‍ی‍ز ج‍ورج‌؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ مترجم: م‍ح‍ب‍وب‍ه‌ ن‍ج‍ف‌خ‍ان‍ی‌؛ ت‍ص‍وی‍رگ‍ر: ک‍وان‍ت‍ی‍ن‌ ب‍ل‍ی‍ک‌؛ وی‍راس‍ت‍ار م‍ح‍م‍درض‍ا ب‍ای‍رام‍ی‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران ن‍ش‍ر اف‍ق‌، ک‍ت‍اب‍ه‍ای‌ ف‍ن‍دق‌‏‫، 1382؛ در 120ص، مصور؛ شابک 9643690784؛ چاپ دوم 1384؛ چاپ سوم 1385؛ چاپ چهارم 1386؛ ‬شابک 9789643690786؛ چاپ پنجم 1388؛ چاپ ششم 1389؛ چااپ هفتم 1390؛ چاپ هشتم 1391؛ چاپ نهم 1392؛ چاپ دهم 1393؛ چاپ یازدهم 1394؛ چاپ دوازدهم 1395؛ چاپ سیزدهم 1396؛ چاپ چهاردهم 1397؛ عنوان: معجون جادویی ج‍ورج‌؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ مترجم: الناز موسوی میرکلایی؛ تهران انتشارات بین‌المللی گاج‏‫، چاپ اول و دوم 1395؛ در 101ص؛ شابک 9786003593312؛‮ داروی معجزه‌ گر، با عنوان اصلی «داروی شگفت‌انگیز جرج» یک داستان برای کودکان، اثر «رولد دال» نویسنده ی انگلیسی است؛ «جرج» برای رهایی از دست مادربزرگ اعصاب خردکن، و بدجنس خود، و زخم زبان‌های ابلهانه ی ایشان، از داروهای موجود در خانه، لوازم آرایش مادرش، و داروهای دامی پدرش، استفاده می‌کند، و با جوشاندن آن‌ها، و ساختن یک «داروی معجزه گر»، کوشش می‌کند، کلک این مادربزرگ کلافه‌ کننده را، بکند، و هنوز نمی‌داند، که این رشته چه سر درازی دارد؛ ...؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 26/08/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  5. 4 out of 5

    Majenta

    Short--but with tasters of other books at the end. But fun, fun, fun! If you liked CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR, you'll like this--at least I recommend it. Short--but with tasters of other books at the end. But fun, fun, fun! If you liked CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR, you'll like this--at least I recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    A re-read with Neo this week!! Another Dahl classic that I have not read for many years. During a short binge read of the author's work, I thought that this would be perfect to warm my heart as I think back to my own childhood. George Kranky is a wonderful little boy, though he is saddled with one of the most cantankerous grandmothers on the planet. She insults him, berates him, and demands that he wait on her. Tiring of being insulted, George takes it upon himself to concoct a little plan to see A re-read with Neo this week!! Another Dahl classic that I have not read for many years. During a short binge read of the author's work, I thought that this would be perfect to warm my heart as I think back to my own childhood. George Kranky is a wonderful little boy, though he is saddled with one of the most cantankerous grandmothers on the planet. She insults him, berates him, and demands that he wait on her. Tiring of being insulted, George takes it upon himself to concoct a little plan to seek his own form of revenge. Knowing that dear grandma must take a medicinal elixir four times a day, he grabs a saucepan and begins dumping anything he can find therein. The ingredients vary from simple shaving cream to sheep dip and everything in between (save for the kitchen sink). Stirring and heating and boiling a tad, George feels that he may have the perfect revenge. Feeding it to her, George watches her fizzle and jerk, then spasm and flip. The end result, an ever-growing grandma whose head pops out of the roof tiles. Forced to face his parents upon their return, George and his father test out the formula to see how it might work on some of their farm animals, watching great growth of the chickens. With pound signs in their eyes, George and Mr. Kranky seek to replicate and perfect the medicine to market it to the world. However, things sometimes go awry and dear old Grandma is still expecting her morning tea. Whatever could happen now? Energetic in its development, Dahl offers up a wonderful story for the entire family to enjoy (thankfully with the disclaimer never to try this at home). Dahl continues to impress with this wonderful story that tugs on the heart strings while also tickling the funny bone. I once read that Dahl tends to create many of his adult characters in a very negative sense; soured folks who want nothing than to crush the spirits of little ones. This story pits George against his awful grandmother, with the end result being a medicine that not only causes great mutations, but allows the younger generation to seek revenge for the antics of those who oppress them. Sounds deep and highly metaphoric, but Dahl does this in a humorous manner that attracts a great deal of attention. Dahl develops wonderful characters that clash and complement one another so well that the reader will revel in the contrasts. One thing I have noticed in Dahl's work is that he is much freer with negative expletives, even in books directed at children. "Shut up!", "stupid", and "idiot" flow effortlessly from the narrative and peppered in dialogue, which is likely not something that one would find in more recent (or perhaps ANY) stories geared to this age group. I am not offended, but it did pop into my mind as I read and devoured this piece. Interesting how sometimes fame can suspend the usual rules. Kudos, Mr. Dahl for taking me back to my youth and remembering how Neo still loves to make potions in the bath. Thankfully, I never take even a wee sip! Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Roze

    I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl's books since he is such a phenomenal writer. This book was no exception. It was creative and mystifying. The concept was unique and very captivating and the book left me with wanting to read more. George's grandma bosses him around. George can't stand his grandmother and how she always treats him badly, so he decided to make a magic medicine to replace his grandma's normal medicine. He goes around his home and collects a variety of ingredients tha I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl's books since he is such a phenomenal writer. This book was no exception. It was creative and mystifying. The concept was unique and very captivating and the book left me with wanting to read more. George's grandma bosses him around. George can't stand his grandmother and how she always treats him badly, so he decided to make a magic medicine to replace his grandma's normal medicine. He goes around his home and collects a variety of ingredients that are not food. He then adds brown paint to make the color the same as the original medicine. When George gives the medicine to his grandma she blows up, like a large balloon. Her stomach was on fire. She keeps growing and becomes as tall as the house and she bursts through it. He then tests it on one of his father's chickens, which does the same thing. His father becomes very excited when he sees the chicken and gets the idea of having huge animals. They use the rest of the medicine on the farm animals, causing them to grow too. George's father decides that they should make more of the medicine and sell it to farmers around the world and create more large animals. When George attempts to recreate his medicine, he is unsuccessful at remembering the ingredients. The fourth try at the medicine has the opposite effect of the first medicine; making animals small. The Grandma sees the cup of medicine that George was testing before and drinks the entire cup. This causes her to shrink so much she vanishes. This is where the book ends a little abruptly.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    I rather sympathized with little George, a basically good, polite, and obedient boy who does his best to please his fickle and ill-tempered granny, to no avail. If I could get away with dosing my nearest but not-dearest with a dollop of George's Marvelous Medicine -- well, I better take the Fifth on that topic. My attitude probably will not reassure adults who fret that undiscerning young readers may be inspired to emulate George's Graham Young ways, but this book is so crazy that I wouldn't be I rather sympathized with little George, a basically good, polite, and obedient boy who does his best to please his fickle and ill-tempered granny, to no avail. If I could get away with dosing my nearest but not-dearest with a dollop of George's Marvelous Medicine -- well, I better take the Fifth on that topic. My attitude probably will not reassure adults who fret that undiscerning young readers may be inspired to emulate George's Graham Young ways, but this book is so crazy that I wouldn't be inclined to worry that children would take it as a life lesson. Unless you think your kid wants you dead; in that case, yeah, I wouldn't give him or her this book. You should maybe also not leave your 8-year-old home alone to cook for and medicate invalids, except in case of emergency (note: shopping does not qualify as an emergency). But all's well that ends well, I guess. Unless you're Granny.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Edgarr Alien Pooh

    For my 200th review, I have once again returned to a guilty pleasure - Roald Dahl. The man was a genius and again in this quick children's fictional read, he proves it. I have always seen Dahl as a logical step for kids who start out reading Dr. Seuss. If Seuss's works were in song he would be known as a lyrical genius, the rhymes, and the silliness have fascinated kids and adults for decades and Dahl has done likewise. He has taken the magic, the absurdity, and the rhyming and placed it in a no For my 200th review, I have once again returned to a guilty pleasure - Roald Dahl. The man was a genius and again in this quick children's fictional read, he proves it. I have always seen Dahl as a logical step for kids who start out reading Dr. Seuss. If Seuss's works were in song he would be known as a lyrical genius, the rhymes, and the silliness have fascinated kids and adults for decades and Dahl has done likewise. He has taken the magic, the absurdity, and the rhyming and placed it in a novel for young children rather than a picture book. Having said that, these volumes are liberally laced with great sketch works from the amazing Quentin Blake. In George's Marvellous Medicine we meet young George who is burdened with the job of giving his Grandmother her daily medicine. Again Dahl has gone against the norm and written the Grandmother as a mean, snarling, despicable character rather than the sweet old lady we are accustomed to with book Grandmothers. George is fed up and concocts his own medicine out of household items that would have any citizen jailed for feeding to another human but Dahl gets away with it because his books are a delight to read. Naturally, the medicine provided has some strange results and Granny ain't what Granny was. Lucky for George he has a Father who can find the lighter side of things (not how my Dad would have reacted, I can tell you) and wants to turn the medicine into a money-making scheme much to his wife's (the daughter of said Granny) disgust. The book ends in a further surreal moment when Mrs. Kranky (oh yeah, I forgot, the family surname is Kranky) also finds the benefit in her Mother's demise. Thank-you yet again Mr. Dahl.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I don’t remember much about George’s Marvellous Medicine from when I read it as a kid except that I didn’t love it. So I was curious to find out exactly why I thought that and whether the book might be better now that I’m older and (barely) wiser. Well: I think George’s Marvellous Medicine might be Roald Dahl’s worst book! George has a hateful grandma whom he decides to teach a lesson by mixing together various ingredients and giving it to her, pretending it’s her medicine. Something silly happen I don’t remember much about George’s Marvellous Medicine from when I read it as a kid except that I didn’t love it. So I was curious to find out exactly why I thought that and whether the book might be better now that I’m older and (barely) wiser. Well: I think George’s Marvellous Medicine might be Roald Dahl’s worst book! George has a hateful grandma whom he decides to teach a lesson by mixing together various ingredients and giving it to her, pretending it’s her medicine. Something silly happens to her when she takes it. That’s it. It’s amazing Dahl was able to stretch this utterly tedious story into 100+ pages! Completely flat, uninteresting story (most of the book is Dahl listing unusual ingredients) filled with bland characters - no wonder I forgot this one; there’s nothing to remember! Roald Dahl’s a master storyteller but George’s Marvellous Medicine is anything but a marvellous read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Mmmm. I really like Roald Dahl but this book...is a little scary. I wouldn't let my child read it. Introducing the idea into a child's head to create a concoction to add to a liquid medicine someone is currently taking is not something I want to do. I also didn't like the language in the book. For example, here are some of the lines Grandma said, "Mummy's as stupid as you are", "you're a nasty little maggot" "you're a lazy and disobedient little worm", "oh you horrible little boy, you disgusting l Mmmm. I really like Roald Dahl but this book...is a little scary. I wouldn't let my child read it. Introducing the idea into a child's head to create a concoction to add to a liquid medicine someone is currently taking is not something I want to do. I also didn't like the language in the book. For example, here are some of the lines Grandma said, "Mummy's as stupid as you are", "you're a nasty little maggot" "you're a lazy and disobedient little worm", "oh you horrible little boy, you disgusting little worm", "You're lying as usual", "I always knew you were a selfish pig" Things dad says to grandma, "shut up, grandma" "Don't listen to the old goat" "she's a pain in the neck" Then when grandma is about to drink the medicine that will kill her (at this point, Mom and george are trying to get her to not take it),Dad says, "of course its for you Grandma...you take it and drink it while its hot" "Drink up grandma," Mr. Kranky said grinning hugely, "lovely tea." Grandma goes to the great beyond and Mom says to Dad "Now you've done it!...You've cooked the old girls goose!" "where is she?...I've lost her!" "Hooray," said Mr Kranky. After mom deals with the loss of her mother, she says, "Ah well, I suppose its all for the best really. She was a bit of a nuisance around the house, Wasn't she?" Um, this is NOT a good book for children.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

    I came across a copy of this the other day in my local bookstore. It's a childhood favourite and when I saw that the illustrations were in colour I couldn't resist buying it. I've had a great time reading this again. Roald Dahl's books are absolutely brilliant and Quentin Blake's illustrations are the perfect match for the wonderful stories. Fun, absurd and somewhat scary, I have enjoyed reading 'George's Marvellous Medicine' many times! 🐓🐔 I came across a copy of this the other day in my local bookstore. It's a childhood favourite and when I saw that the illustrations were in colour I couldn't resist buying it. I've had a great time reading this again. Roald Dahl's books are absolutely brilliant and Quentin Blake's illustrations are the perfect match for the wonderful stories. Fun, absurd and somewhat scary, I have enjoyed reading 'George's Marvellous Medicine' many times! 🐓🐔

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    I'm unsure where my lack of love for this title stemmed from. Please tell me I'm not the only one who used to spend their bath-time making 'potions' by mixing all the shampoos and bubble bath within reach into a jug?? That is basically what George does, in this story, only with more severe consequences. George was a book I was familiar with, but never a childhood favourite of mine. I can recall repeated readings of this book, but I believe this was more due to my adoration for the author rather t I'm unsure where my lack of love for this title stemmed from. Please tell me I'm not the only one who used to spend their bath-time making 'potions' by mixing all the shampoos and bubble bath within reach into a jug?? That is basically what George does, in this story, only with more severe consequences. George was a book I was familiar with, but never a childhood favourite of mine. I can recall repeated readings of this book, but I believe this was more due to my adoration for the author rather than the story, itself. Rereading it as an adult, and without the whole-hearted nostalgia that other of his titles had produced, made me a little more critical of the story. I am not in the age range to fully appreciate the story but can still do so for the appeal it would have held to others. I can also still look back on it fondly, if not with the blind love that other titles have produced.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dana-Adriana B.

    Such a fun story. I have read the book to my kids, every day a bit, and it was a great adventure 😁.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Orey

    Wow did this book make my kid laugh. The opening is classic Roald Dahl awful adults being awful to kids, but after George gets going, it gets great. Though uh, I really hope my kid doesn't try to mix weird chemicals to make magic medicine. Hm. Wow did this book make my kid laugh. The opening is classic Roald Dahl awful adults being awful to kids, but after George gets going, it gets great. Though uh, I really hope my kid doesn't try to mix weird chemicals to make magic medicine. Hm.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Well this was quick and quirky. I hope that this kid doesn't go into the medical field. He's far too willing to use dangerous stuff in his "medicines". I mean, engine oil and anti-freeze are fine, but flowers of turnips? What is he trying to do? Kill someone?? Wait. I'm not sure what the moral of this story is... 8 year olds can't be trusted with responsibility because they'll muck it all up? Or Grandmothers should only be nice or they deserve to be set on fire, inflated, super-stretched and the Well this was quick and quirky. I hope that this kid doesn't go into the medical field. He's far too willing to use dangerous stuff in his "medicines". I mean, engine oil and anti-freeze are fine, but flowers of turnips? What is he trying to do? Kill someone?? Wait. I'm not sure what the moral of this story is... 8 year olds can't be trusted with responsibility because they'll muck it all up? Or Grandmothers should only be nice or they deserve to be set on fire, inflated, super-stretched and then shrunk to nothing? Pretty sure it's that last one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    Never grow up...always down. I can safely say that Roald Dahl is the best children's books author. The way he pulls you into the story will never cease to amaze me. The only reason I'm giving this book 4 stars is because I've enjoyed Matilda and The Witches a little more. This still is a great book, that I've finished in a heartbeat, and I'm sure I'll re-read it again more than once. Never grow up...always down. I can safely say that Roald Dahl is the best children's books author. The way he pulls you into the story will never cease to amaze me. The only reason I'm giving this book 4 stars is because I've enjoyed Matilda and The Witches a little more. This still is a great book, that I've finished in a heartbeat, and I'm sure I'll re-read it again more than once.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

    The funniest thing about this book is the dedication page. "This book is for doctors everywhere." Ha! Roald Dahl was such a cheeky devil. George is stuck at home alone with his mean, scary, and very demanding grandma. He's supposed to give her medicine at eleven o'clock. Instead of giving her the usual medicine, he concocts a replacement batch, hoping it will improve Grandma's disposition. To create his "Marvelous Medicine," George throws in absolutely everything he can find around the house. Sh The funniest thing about this book is the dedication page. "This book is for doctors everywhere." Ha! Roald Dahl was such a cheeky devil. George is stuck at home alone with his mean, scary, and very demanding grandma. He's supposed to give her medicine at eleven o'clock. Instead of giving her the usual medicine, he concocts a replacement batch, hoping it will improve Grandma's disposition. To create his "Marvelous Medicine," George throws in absolutely everything he can find around the house. Shaving soap, hair remover, dandruff cure, laundry soap, flea powder, shoe polish, black pepper, horseradish sauce, animal pills, curry powder, deodorant spray, brown paint...EVERYTHING. The medicine doesn't make Grandma any nicer, but it DOES have a remarkable effect on her, and on every creature they give it to. George's dad wants him to make another batch, but there's a problem. George didn't write down the recipe. So every new batch he tries is missing something, and has a different effect when they test it on the farm animals. Batch Number Four solves the Grandma problem permanently. The way it does so makes the book's dedication especially funny.

  19. 5 out of 5

    LENA TRAK

    I don't think this is appropriate for children. Young kids who read this might end up taking large gulps of shampoo or eating body lotions.. They also might end up hating their grandmothers and start calling them '' filthy hags''... Maybe I am missing something here.. But this book seemed too creepy to me. I do recognize Dahl's unique writing style though...and I have to admit I liked it a little bit. 2 stars because I want this way to advise parents against reading this to their children.. I don't think this is appropriate for children. Young kids who read this might end up taking large gulps of shampoo or eating body lotions.. They also might end up hating their grandmothers and start calling them '' filthy hags''... Maybe I am missing something here.. But this book seemed too creepy to me. I do recognize Dahl's unique writing style though...and I have to admit I liked it a little bit. 2 stars because I want this way to advise parents against reading this to their children..

  20. 4 out of 5

    Catie

    My seven year old thought this was the most shocking, funniest, most thrillingly disgusting book ever and she loved every minute of it. My four year old fell asleep about 1/4 of the way through but we carried her off to bed and then read the rest of the book together in one go, cackling madly with blankets wrapped around our heads.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kon R.

    I told my 7 year old what the book was about and next thing I knew we went through it together laughing the whole way. This is one of the shorter Dahl books, but I felt like it was the perfect length for the story. Good of them to add a "Do not try this at home" warning at the beginning. Not as amazing as Dahl's other timeless classics, but it was a lot of fun. I told my 7 year old what the book was about and next thing I knew we went through it together laughing the whole way. This is one of the shorter Dahl books, but I felt like it was the perfect length for the story. Good of them to add a "Do not try this at home" warning at the beginning. Not as amazing as Dahl's other timeless classics, but it was a lot of fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    What's not to love about a Roald Dahl book? Loved the part with the grandma but it lost a little steam after that. Still liked it enough to make it a book club selection with some of my 4th graders. What's not to love about a Roald Dahl book? Loved the part with the grandma but it lost a little steam after that. Still liked it enough to make it a book club selection with some of my 4th graders.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stacey (prettybooks)

    This post is part of the 2016 Classics Challenge. WHEN I Discovered This Classic I wasn't aware of George's Marvellous Medicine until I bought my beautiful Roald Dahl box set three years ago. I've been slowly (obviously!) making my way through it and it was George's time. WHY I Chose to Read It Much like with Agatha Christie, it was time for my annual dose of Dahl. WHAT Makes It A Classic It's one of Roald Dahl's lesser-known novels – a short and eccentric story about what happens when you get a tast This post is part of the 2016 Classics Challenge. WHEN I Discovered This Classic I wasn't aware of George's Marvellous Medicine until I bought my beautiful Roald Dahl box set three years ago. I've been slowly (obviously!) making my way through it and it was George's time. WHY I Chose to Read It Much like with Agatha Christie, it was time for my annual dose of Dahl. WHAT Makes It A Classic It's one of Roald Dahl's lesser-known novels – a short and eccentric story about what happens when you get a taste of your own medicine. WHAT I Thought of This Classic George's Marvellous Medicine was super fun! What happens when an 8-year-old boy tries to kill his horrible old grandma (who he believes is a witch) with a home-made concoction? Chaos! Most of the story is made up of George brewing his inventive medicine, throwing in anti-freeze, horse tranquillizers, engine oil and much more. I enjoyed seeing what George was going to add next – and I couldn't help feeling a little terrified! If you did drink his medicine, it would almost certainly kill you. But it was fun seeing what happened when George tried to replicate his potion... including his grandma turning into a really tall chicken. It's not my favourite Roald Dahl so far, but it was short and sweet. "Never grow up...always down." WILL It Stay A Classic I'm sure Roald Dahl's stories will be read for many years to come! WHO I’d Recommend It To People who have only read Roald Dahl's most popular books. People who love short, quirky stories.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Roze

    I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl's books since he is such a phenomenal writer. This book was no exception. It was creative and mystifying. The concept was unique and very captivating and the book left me with wanting to read more. George's grandma bosses him around. George can't stand his grandmother and how she always treats him badly, so he decided to make a magic medicine to replace his grandma's normal medicine. He goes around his home and collects a variety of ingredients tha I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl's books since he is such a phenomenal writer. This book was no exception. It was creative and mystifying. The concept was unique and very captivating and the book left me with wanting to read more. George's grandma bosses him around. George can't stand his grandmother and how she always treats him badly, so he decided to make a magic medicine to replace his grandma's normal medicine. He goes around his home and collects a variety of ingredients that are not food. He then adds brown paint to make the color the same as the original medicine. When George gives the medicine to his grandma she blows up, like a large balloon. Her stomach was on fire. She keeps growing and becomes as tall as the house and she bursts through it. He then tests it on one of his father's chickens, which does the same thing. His father becomes very excited when he sees the chicken and gets the idea of having huge animals. They use the rest of the medicine on the farm animals, causing them to grow too. George's father decides that they should make more of the medicine and sell it to farmers around the world and create more large animals. When George attempts to recreate his medicine, he is unsuccessful at remembering the ingredients. The fourth try at the medicine has the opposite effect of the first medicine; making animals small. The Grandma sees the cup of medicine that George was testing before and drinks the entire cup. This causes her to shrink so much she vanishes. This is where the book ends a little abruptly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)

    Published: 1981 Author: Roald Dahl Recommended for: children and pretty much everybody This is one of the absolute classic childrens books by the wonderfully talented Roald Dahl and teamed up with the outstanding Quentin Blake for the illustrations. This book features George Kranky who ends up taking care of his Grandma who is possibly one of the most selfish people in his life, so when George gets a change to makes up his Grandma's medicine it is his turn to try and get the poisionous attitude out Published: 1981 Author: Roald Dahl Recommended for: children and pretty much everybody This is one of the absolute classic childrens books by the wonderfully talented Roald Dahl and teamed up with the outstanding Quentin Blake for the illustrations. This book features George Kranky who ends up taking care of his Grandma who is possibly one of the most selfish people in his life, so when George gets a change to makes up his Grandma's medicine it is his turn to try and get the poisionous attitude out of her. It is a brilliant and funny book for children and one that is most probably a firm favourite with most families.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    This isn’t the first time I read this story but I think I was able to appreciate how silly it was much more this time around. If anyone truly had ingested such “medicine”, I’m pretty sure much worse would have happened than in the story! But that’s what made it so funny and so enjoyable, the pure ridiculousness of it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Urges

    George couldn’t help disliking Grandma. She was a selfish grumpy old woman. She had pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog’s bottom. Gotta love it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003. I'm a bit baffled as to why this particular book made it on to the list. I've not really heard about it and I had no preconceptions of it as I went in: just a few ideas of what a Dahl book is like. The whimsy is there, as is the imagination. The Horrible Person (or People in some cases) is there with their Horrible Traits and the Dahlian ending that I've come to expect but am still surprised by. It's Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003. I'm a bit baffled as to why this particular book made it on to the list. I've not really heard about it and I had no preconceptions of it as I went in: just a few ideas of what a Dahl book is like. The whimsy is there, as is the imagination. The Horrible Person (or People in some cases) is there with their Horrible Traits and the Dahlian ending that I've come to expect but am still surprised by. It's a good story and I'm sure a lot of children would be able to identify with George in many ways, concerning his parents and his Grandmother and his wickedly inventive ways. Personally I think I would have enjoyed every single Dahl book more-and perhaps loved a few-if I'd have read them when I was a child as I did The BFG, as I'm not finding them too great as an adult. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Lately: Mann's "Magic Mountain", Dosty's "Crime and Punishment", halfway through Joyce's "Wake", Knausgard's 5th volume of "My Struggle", and just started Volume 5 of Proust's massive work. Nesbo's intense "Redeemer". Just to name a few summer reads. I deserved a break: this children's book fit the bill. George mixes a cocktail for his grouchy grandma and things go wrong. This Dahl book really doesn't need any prose: the illustrations (of grandma's head popping through the roof of the house, for Lately: Mann's "Magic Mountain", Dosty's "Crime and Punishment", halfway through Joyce's "Wake", Knausgard's 5th volume of "My Struggle", and just started Volume 5 of Proust's massive work. Nesbo's intense "Redeemer". Just to name a few summer reads. I deserved a break: this children's book fit the bill. George mixes a cocktail for his grouchy grandma and things go wrong. This Dahl book really doesn't need any prose: the illustrations (of grandma's head popping through the roof of the house, for example) are good enough and thorough enough to tell the story. A light, funny, children's work, great for a break from some rather heavy literature. And from an adult's point of view: "That's a cocktail I'll need tonight after watching the evening news (any evening news). And sometimes I wonder what, exactly, Dahl himself was mixing up when writing his books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    If you haven't read this book you haven't lived. Every child should read this. Loved by boys and girls alike. Funny story about a young boy who has a grumpy, mean grandma who he invents a special medicine for her, which results in some fantastic results. Reading ability for a 7/8 year old depending on ability. If you haven't read this book you haven't lived. Every child should read this. Loved by boys and girls alike. Funny story about a young boy who has a grumpy, mean grandma who he invents a special medicine for her, which results in some fantastic results. Reading ability for a 7/8 year old depending on ability.

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