George's Marvelous Medicine

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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! Roald Dahl is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, and his books have been children’s favorites for generations. Puffin is proud to offer a strong new look for nine of our classic Roald Dahl titles. The distinctive cover treatment, with new art by Quentin Blake, will make these books easily recognizable. In addition, Quentin Blake’s funny, quirky illustrations now appear in all of ...
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Overview

George’s grouchy grandma needs a taste of her own medicine—and George knows just the right ingredients to put into it! Roald Dahl is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, and his books have been children’s favorites for generations. Puffin is proud to offer a strong new look for nine of our classic Roald Dahl titles. The distinctive cover treatment, with new art by Quentin Blake, will make these books easily recognizable. In addition, Quentin Blake’s funny, quirky illustrations now appear in all of the books. So turn the page and you’ll be sure to have a Dahl-ectable summer!

George decides that his grumpy, selfish old grandmother must be a witch and concocts some marvelous medicine to take care of her.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a typically wicked Dahl outing, a lad named George does away with his nasty grandmother by giving her a concoction that he brews from a mixture that includes shampoo, shaving cream and floor polish. Ages 7-11. Sept.
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 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Can it be twelve years since Roald Dahl died? Thankfully, his books live on¾and very nicely, too, in this revised edition. The marvelous story is intact, as are Quentin Blake's equally marvelous pen-and-ink sketches, which were always a perfect marriage to Dahl's words. What has been added is a brief interview with Dahl in 1988 that touches on his writing habits. It's as good an excuse as any to reintroduce a new generation to young George and his adventures with his grizzly old grunion of a granny. Eight-year-old George has been left in charge of this elderly horror for a few hours, with instructions not to forget to give Grandma her medicine at eleven. When Grandma begins to browbeat him again, George decides to really give her some medicine. His intentions are honorable, of course. Maybe his medicine will turn the old bag into a nice granny. It doesn't, but the concoction George invents does have wonderful effects. This is Dahl at his subversive best. Do share the book with every youngster in sight as soon as possible! 2002 (orig. 1981), Knopf,
— Kathleen Karr
Children's Literature - Helen Pavick
Roald Dahl promises to delight young readers in this colorful account of how George, a boy perpetually harassed by his wicked grandmother, seeks revenge by concocting a "special" medicine just for her! George is not quite prepared for the consequences he "stirs up," and he loses control of the situation within a matter of seconds. The results are hilarious, as the chickens start laying gigantic eggs, farm animals become huge, and his parents come home to see Grandma growing through the roof! Fans of Roald Dahl will recognize in George's Marvelous Medicine the magical writing style that earned him the title "one of the most beloved storytellers of our time," and will find themselves cheering for George as he flounders through all kinds of crazy antics. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780808595199
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 11200 San Val
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author


Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

Quentin Blake is a well-known artist whose work has made him popular on both sides of the Atlantic. He has illustrated most of Roald Dahl’s children’s books as well as many others. He lives in London, where he teaches illustration at the Royal College of Art.

Biography

"I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means," a teacher once wrote in the young Roald Dahl's report card. "He seems incapable of marshaling his thoughts on paper." From such inauspicious beginnings emerged an immensely successful author whom The Evening Standard would one day dub "one of the greatest children's writers of all time."

Dahl may have been an unenthusiastic student, but he loved adventure stories, and when he finished school he went out into the world to have some adventures of his own. He went abroad as a representative of the Shell corporation in Dar-es-Salaam, and then served in World War II as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. After the war, Dahl began his writing career in earnest, publishing two well-received collections of short stories for adults, along with one flop of a novel.

The short stories, full of tension and subtle psychological horror, didn't seem to presage a children's author. Malcolm Bradbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "[Dahl's] characters are usually ignoble: he knows the dog beneath the skin, or works hard to find it." Yet this talent for finding, and exposing, the nastier sides of grown-up behavior served him well in writing for children. As Dahl put it, "Writing is all propaganda, in a sense. You can get at greediness and selfishness by making them look ridiculous. The greatest attribute of a human being is kindness, and all the other qualities like bravery and perseverance are secondary to that."

In 1953, Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; two of his early children's books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) grew out of the bedtime stories he made up for their children. Elaine Moss, writing in the Times, called the latter "the funniest children's book I have read in years; not just funny but shot through with a zany pathos which touches the young heart." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a colossal hit. A film version starring Gene Wilder was released in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), while James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie in 1996.

Dahl followed his initial successes with a string of bestsellers, including Danny, the Champion of the World, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. Some adults objected to the books' violence -- unpleasant characters (like James’s Aunts Sponge and Spiker) tend to get bumped off in grotesque and inventive ways -- but Dahl defended his stories as part of a tradition of gruesome fairy tales in which mean people get what they deserve. "These tales are pretty rough, but the violence is confined to a magical time and place," he said, adding that children like violent stories as long as they're "tied to fantasy and humor." By the time of his death in 1990, Dahl's mischievous wit had captivated so many readers that The Times called him "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."

Good To Know

When Dahl was in school, he and his schoolmates occasionally served as new-product testers for the Cadbury chocolate company. Dahl used to dream of working in a chocolate manufacturer's inventing room. He wrote in his autobiography, "I have no doubt at all that, 35 years later, when I was looking for a plot for my second book for children, I remembered those little cardboard boxes and the newly invented chocolates inside them, and I began to write a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins (1943), was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    LOVED IT!!!!!!!

    I absoloutly LOVE this book. I still think it is unique, creative, and funny and I am ten. But like many, I have some concerns on the meaning. I am not sure I like the part encourging (did I spell that right?) Kids to use poisen and chemicals to make medison. FROM: A Roald Dahl lover

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2011

    Higly recomended

    I like this book.It is very funny and hilarious.Also my mom like it.My favorite part was when the grandma said to George to not to grow and eat cabbage instead of chocolate.I enjoyed this book.
    By: A third grader

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Love it!!!!!!

    I love George's marvelous medicene because it is funny. I love Roald Dahl

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    hahahahaha!!! i read this book in the 6th grade!!! it was awesome!!!! highly recomended!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    To Nicky152

    I agree they dont beat harry potter. This bokk is ok... meh.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Great

    Why are people suggesting people are going to do what happens in this book must be helicopter parents. (Thats when a parent worries to much about their children).



    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Caleb

    Crappy

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    I love Roald Dahl!

    I am a huge fan of Roald Dahl. My favorite is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then Fantastic Mr. Fox, then George's Marvelous Medicene. After that is Matilda. Roald Dahl is an amazing author! But I don't really like The Magic Finger. I suggest reading the english version, though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Shiana

    Shiana walks into the games

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    TRAINING AREA

    Train here

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    I've never read it...so......I LOVE IT

    TROLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    George's Marvelous Medicine

    Have you ever wanted to get revenge? That is what George does in George's Marvelous Medicine. He takes it to the next level and makes a digusting medicine and gives it to a family member. This book will keep you on your toes and you won't put it down. This is a perfect book for your book club, school class, or just alone. READ IT TODAY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Cjh

    My group and i are reading this book now so far it is good and funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    George's marolous medicine

    Funny book stupid grandma

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Book teller :victoria millette

    This is the best book ever so i am going to save you some money. This book is about when george have to stay with his wicked grandmother. He have to give her her medicine. Since george hate his cruel grandma he made his own medicine that will help take away her cruelness so he found everything in the house with a pig pot and dumped every thing in there like shampoo and animal medicine. When george gave her the medecine his granmother grew taller and taller untill she shot out into the roof when george parents came and saw george grandma the was suprised also i forgot to tell you that before george gave his grandma the medicine he tested it on one of his dads chicken so when his parents came home his gather was excited because the animals would cost a fourten so he asked george to make more and his mother wanted to make her mother smaller and when george redused it his grandma became only 1 inch. Yah can thank me by becoming my nook friend thank you:) :>:]

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!

    Great book for ages 6-9 year olds.
    - :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Awesome

    When i was a little kid this book meant everything to me. I did a book report on it in 2nd grade. It's reslly fun and creative. FROM: A 5th grader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Kyle49728282883838383883

    Amazing i love this one the most

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    The first Dahl book I ever read.
    It was awsome.
    It unspired me in many qays.
    The other Dahl books are great too.
    "The Witches" is another one of my particular favorites.

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