Roald Dahl’s 100th Year Celebratory Blog Tour!!! Featuring George’s Marvelous Medicine {Excerpt & Giveaway}

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Roald Dahl’s 100th Year Celebratory Blog Tour!!! Featuring George’s Marvelous Medicine {Excerpt & Giveaway}

Roald Dahl’s 100th Year Celebratory Blog Tour!!! Featuring George’s Marvelous Medicine {Excerpt & Giveaway}George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group on 2016-02-14
Genres: fantasy, Humorous Stories, Middle-Grade
Pages: 89
Format: Paperback
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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!

*WARNING: Do not try to make George's Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It could be dangerous.

This year marks what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the celebration. Roald Dahl was one of my favorite authors as a child and his stories continue to entertain children today, including my own. His stories are full of imagination and fun but also great life lessons, both for kids and adults.

And it isn’t just his stories that continue to make an impression. The Roald Dahl Literary Estate continues to donate to their charity partners and supported programs dealing with health care, families in need, and educational outreach programs.

In honor of Dahl’s 100th birthday, Penguin is celebrating all year long. In February, they released beautiful new paperback covers, like the one above, in most of Dahl’s books and in September, they released new collectible hardcovers of some of his most popular books. Check out the awesome new covers below!

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We’ve read all of those books with our kids and they’ve loved every single one. But today I’m happy to share with you a Roald Dahl book that was actually new to us! George’s Marvelous Medicine was not a book I had read before this tour but now that I have, I’m so glad I did! Not only does it have a kid standing up to an adult who treats him horribly, but it also has some fun magical twists and turns along the way! Check out the excerpt below!

 

Grandma

“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.”
This was a silly thing to say to a small boy at any time. It immediately made him wonder what sort of mischief he might get into.

“And don’t forget to give Grandma her medicine at eleven o’clock,” the mother said. Then out she went, closing the back door behind her.
Grandma, who was dozing in her chair by the window, opened one wicked little eye and said, “Now you heard what your mother said, George. Don’t forget my medicine.”

“No, Grandma,” George said.

“And just try to behave yourself for once while she’s away.”

“Yes, Grandma,” George said.

George was bored to tears. He didn’t have a brother or a sister. His father was a farmer, and the farm they lived on was miles away from anywhere, so there were never any children to play with. He was tired of staring at pigs and hens and cows and sheep. He was especially tired of having to live in the same house as that grizzly old grunion of a grandma. Looking after her all by himself was hardly the most exciting way to spend a Saturday morning.

“You can make me a nice cup of tea for a start,” Grandma said to George. “That’ll keep you out of mischief for a few minutes.”

“Yes, Grandma,” George said.

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.

“How much sugar in your tea today, Grandma?” George asked her.

“One spoonful,” she said. “And no milk.”

Most grandmothers are lovely, kind, helpful old ladies, but not this one. She spent all day and every day sitting in her chair by the window, and she was always complaining, grousing, grouching, grumbling, griping about something or other. Never once, even on her best days, had she smiled at George and said, “Well, how are you this morning, George?” or, “Why don’t you and I have a game of Snakes and Ladders?” or, “How was school today?” She didn’t seem to care about other people, only about herself. She was a miserable old grouch.
George went into the kitchen and made Grandma a cup of tea with a teabag. He put one spoon of sugar in it and no milk. He stirred the sugar well and carried the cup into the living room.

Grandma sipped the tea. “It’s not sweet enough,” she said. “Put more sugar in it.”

George took the cup back to the kitchen and added another spoonful of sugar. He stirred it again and carried it carefully in to Grandma.

“Where’s the saucer?” she said. “I won’t have a cup without a saucer.”

George fetched her a saucer.

“And what about a teaspoon, if you please?”

“I’ve stirred it for you, Grandma. I stirred it well.”

“I’ll stir my own tea, thank you very much,” she said. “Fetch me a teaspoon.”

When George’s mother or father was home, Grandma never ordered George about like this. It was only when she had him on her own that she began treating him badly.

“You know what’s the matter with you?” the old woman said, staring at George over the rim of the teacup with those wicked little eyes. “You’re growing too fast. Boys who grow too fast become stupid and lazy.”

“But I can’t help it if I’m growing fast, Grandma,” George said.

“Of course you can,” she snapped. “Growing’s a nasty childish habit.”

“But we have to grow, Grandma. If we didn’t grow, we’d never be grown-ups.”

“Rubbish, boy, rubbish,” she said. “Look at me. Am I growing? Certainly not.”

“But you did once, Grandma.”

“Only very little,” the old woman answered. “I gave up growing when I was extremely small, along with all the other nasty childish habits like laziness and disobedience and greed and sloppiness and untidiness and stupidity. You haven’t given up on any of these things, have you?”

“I’m still only a little boy, Grandma.”

“You’re eight years old,” she snorted. “That’s old enough to know better. If you don’t stop growing soon, it’ll be too late.”

“Too late for what, Grandma?”

“It’s ridiculous,” she went on. “You’re nearly as tall as me already.”

George took a good look at Grandma. She certainly was a very tiny person. Her legs were so short she had to have a footstool to put her feet on, and her head only came halfway up the back of the armchair.

“Daddy says it’s fine for a man to be tall,” George said.

“Don’t listen to your daddy,” Grandma said. “Listen to me.”

“But how do I stop myself growing?” George asked her.

“Eat less chocolate,” Grandma said.

“Does chocolate make you grow?”

“It makes you grow the wrong way,” she snapped. “Up instead of down.”

Grandma sipped some tea but never took her eyes from the little boy who stood before her. “Never grow up,” she said. “Always down.”

“Yes, Grandma.”

“And stop eating chocolate. Eat cabbage instead.”

“Cabbage! Oh, no, I don’t like cabbage,” George said.

“It’s not what you like or what you don’t like,” Grandma snapped. “It’s what’s good for you that counts. From now on, you must eat cabbage three times a day. Mountains of cabbage! And if it’s got caterpillars in it, so much the better!”

“Ouch,” George said.

“Caterpillars give you brains,” the old woman said.

“Mummy washes them down the sink,” George said.

“Mummy’s as stupid as you are,” Grandma said. “Cabbage doesn’t taste of anything without a few boiled caterpillars in it. Slugs, too.”

“Not slugs” George cried out. “I couldn’t eat slugs!”

“Whenever I see a live slug on a piece of lettuce,” Grandma said, “I gobble it up quick before it crawls away. Delicious.” She squeezed her lips together tight so that her mouth became a tiny wrinkled hole. “Delicious,” she said again. “Worms and slugs and beetley bugs. You don’t know what’s good for you.”

“You’re joking, Grandma.”

“I never joke,” she said. “Beetles are perhaps best of all. They go crunch!”

“Grandma! That’s beastly!”

The old hag grinned, showing those pale brown teeth. “Sometimes, if you’re lucky,” she said, “you get a beetle inside the stem of a stick of celery. That’s what I like.”

“Grandma! How could you?”

“You find all sorts of nice things in sticks of raw celery,” the old woman went on. “Sometimes it’s earwigs.”

“I don’t want to hear about it!” cried George.

“A big fat earwig is very tasty,” Grandma said, licking her lips. “But you’ve got to be very quick, my dear, when you put one of those in your mouth. It has a pair of sharp nippers on its back end and if it grabs your tongue with those, it never lets go. So you’ve got to bite the earwig first, chop chop, before it bites you.”

George started edging towards the door. He wanted to get as far away as possible from this filthy old woman.

“You’re trying to get away from me, aren’t you?” she said, pointing a finger straight at George’s face. “You’re trying to get away from Grandma.”

Little George stood by the door staring at the old hag in the chair. She stared back at him.

Could it be, George wondered, that she was a witch? He had always thought witches were only in fairy tales, but now he was not so sure.

“Come closer to me, little boy,” she said, beckoning to him with a horny finger. “Come closer to me and I will tell you secrets.”

George didn’t move.

Grandma didn’t move either.

“I know a great many secrets,” she said, and suddenly she smiled. It was a thin icy smile, the kind a snake might make just before it bites you. “Come over here to Grandma and she’ll whisper secrets to you.”

George took a step backward, edging closer to the door.

“You mustn’t be frightened of your old grandma,” she said, smiling that icy smile.

George took another step backward.

“Some of us,” she said, and all at once she was leaning forward in her chair and whispering in a throaty sort of voice George had never heard her use before. “Some of us,” she said, “have magic powers that can twist the creatures of this earth into wondrous shapes. . . .”

A tingle of electricity flashed down the length of George’s spine. He began to feel frightened.

“Some of us,” the old woman went on, “have fire on our tongues and sparks in our bellies and wizardry in the tips of our fingers. . . .”

“Some of us know secrets that would make your hair stand straight up on end and your eyes pop out of their sockets. . . . “

George wanted to run away, but his feet seemed stuck to the floor.

“We know how to make your nails drop off and teeth grow out of your fingers instead.”

George began to tremble. It was her face that frightened him most of all, the frosty smile, the brilliant unblinking eyes.

“We know how to have you wake up in the morning with a long tail coming out from behind you.”

“Grandma!” he cried out. “Stop!”

“We know secrets, my dear, about dark places where dark things live and squirm and slither all over each other. . . .”

George made a dive for the door.

“It doesn’t matter how far you run,” he heard her saying, “you won’t ever get away. . . .”

George ran into the kitchen, slamming the door behind him.

 

Copyright © Roald Dahl, reprinted with permission from Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House

 

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About Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.
Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film. Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.

On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

 

ROALD DAHL 100 CELEBRATORY BLOG TOUR
 
September 5 – Peace Loves Books – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Excerpt
September 5 – The Compulsive Reader – Danny, The Champion of the World Review
September 5 – The Starry Eyed Revue – James and The Giant Peach Review
September 6 – Ex Libris Kate – The Witches Review
September 6 – Lost In Lit – The Witches Feature – Revisiting The Witches as an adult
September 7 – Cozy Reading Corner – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Excerpt
September 7 – The Plot Bunny – The Magic Finger Review
September 7 – Lilli’s Reflections – The Twits Excerpt
September 8 – The Irish Banana – Matilda Review
September 8 – Ticket To Anywhere – Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt
September 8 – Cuddlebuggery – Quentin Blake’s Illustrations of Roald Dahl’s Books Feature
September 8 – Beth Fish Reads – Going Solo Review
September 9 –  Ravenous Reader  The BFG Excerpt
September 9 – Paper Cuts  The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me Excerpt
September 9 – The Lovely Books – The Witches Excerpt
September 9 – A Glass of Wine – James and the Giant Peach Excerpt
September 10 – Novel Novice – George’s Marvelous Medicine Excerpt
September 10 – YA Bibliophile – Fantastic Mr. Fox Review
September 10 – Watercolor Moods – The Magic Finger Feature – Collage
September 10 – Cracking The Cover – The Magic Finger Feature – Short Review and History
September 11- Jessabella Reads – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review
September 11- Who R U Blog – Charlie and the Glass Elevator Feature – Trivia
September 12 – Belle of the Library – The Twits Review
September 12 – Book Mania Life – George’s Marvelous Medicine Review
September 12 – The Book Swarm – Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt
September 12 – Book Belles – James and the Giant Peach Feature – Book to Movie
September 12 –  Alexa Loves Books – Matilda Feature – Style Files
September 13- Roald’s birthday! – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Matilda Excerpt
September 13 – Roald’s birthday! – Mundie Kids  The BFG Review
September 13 – Roald’s birthday! – Read Now Sleep Later – Boy Excerpt
September 13 – Roald’s birthday – Consumed By Books – Matilda Excerpt
September 13 – Roald’s birthday – I Am A Reader – James and the Giant Peach Excerpt
September 13 – The Novel Life – Lessons that Roald Dahl has taught me feature
September 13 – The Book Rat – Esio Trot Excerpt
September 14 – Belle’s Bash – The BFG Excerpt
September 14 – WinterHaven Books – Esio Trot Excerpt
September 14 – A Book and A Latte – The Magic Finger Excerpt
September 14 – Hello Chelly – Matilda Feature – BookBags
September 14 – Loving Dem Books – Youtube Feature
September 15 – Writing My Own Fairy-Tale – George’s Marvelous Medicine Excerpt
September 15 – The Book Bandit -The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me Review
September 15 – Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile – Esio Trot Review
September 15 – Coffee, Books and Me – Top Ten Reasons You Should Read Roald Dahl’s Books
September 16 – Undeniably Book Nerdy – Boy Review
September 16 Supernatural Snark – James and the Giant Peach Review
September 16 – My Friend Amy – Going Solo Excerpt
September 16 – The Quiet Concert  Danny, the Champion of the World Review
September 17 – Book Briefs – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
September 17 – Andi’s ABCs – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Feature – ABCs
September 17 – Just Another Rabid Reader – The Magic Finger Review
September 17 – Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia – Roald Dahl Feature – Food Feature
September 18 – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Matilda Feature – Reading With Dad
September 18 – Addicted 2 Novels – Esio Trot Review
September 18 – Pure Imagination – Fantastic Mr. Fox Excerpt
September 18 – Green Bean Teen Queen – What Roald Dahl Means To Me Feature
September 19 – Bookiemoji  The Witches Excerpt
September 19 – Shooting Stars Blog – Roald Dahl Feature – Etsy Products
September 19 – Nightly Reading – Matilda Review

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