I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group on 2016-02-11 (1981)
Genres: Family, Fantasy & Magic, Middle-Grade
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A taste of her own medicine.
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!
Roald Dahl is one of the greatest authors and has been a favorite for many generations of readers. I read him when I was a kid and now my kids are reading him and falling in love with his books. When they were younger, we read the Charlie books outloud together and they loved them. Then we read Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach. The kids have gone on to read more of his books on his own and they both have their own favorites. But one that we hadn’t read yet was George’s Marvelous Medicine. I’m so glad that we had the chance to read this fun book and that we could all experience it for the first time together!
Like all of Dahl’s books, George’s Marvelous Medicine delivers a high dose of fun. The story centers around George and the medicine he decides to make for his grandmother, who treats him not so nicely. He adds all sorts of things from around his house and garage and everytime he added something, I just kept thinking about how much money he was throwing away into that giant pot! But of course the kids found it all hilarious. He has reasons for adding some of the ingredients and just throws in others. In the end he has made a medicine with a similar enough color to fool his grandma and has no hesitation in offering it to her. As a parent, it’s slightly concerning considering almost everything he put into the medicine is poisonous, but the kids enjoyed it and really loved the effect the medicine had on grandma! I was definitely not expecting that!
The story takes another turn when George’s parents come home and he has to explain what he’s done. But he owns up to making the fake medicine and more fun follows. While some of Dahl’s books have some good life lessons for kids hidden within their stories, I’m not really sure I’d say this does. This one is just pure fun. Or maybe the message is more about what you shouldn’t do. Except that George still gets what he wants in the end. Either way, the book was lots of fun with Dahl’s typical craziness coming through. And, of course, the illustrations from Quentin Blake are flawless and add a lot of interesting details to this short story.
I’d definitely recommend this book as a read aloud with your kids. Definitely remind them that the things George uses as ingredients are actually completely off limits but it would be fun to talk to kids about what they’d put in a pretend medicine! You can also check out an excerpt I posted last week. And if for some reason, you haven’t read any Roald Dahl books, I beg you, PLEASE fix that soon! He was magical and I’m so happy I was able to help celebrate his 100th birthday by sharing the love for his books!
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