Blog Tour: George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl {Review & Giveaway}

Posted September 26, 2016 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments Tags:


Blog Tour: George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl {Review & Giveaway}

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.

Blog Tour: George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl {Review & Giveaway}George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group on 2016-02-11 (1981)
Genres: Family, Fantasy & Magic, Middle-Grade
Pages: 89
Format: Paperback
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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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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.

6 Responses to “Blog Tour: George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl {Review & Giveaway}”

  1. danielle hammelef

    This does sound like a fun book and one I could use to read out loud as a classroom volunteer reader.

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