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George's Marvelous Medicine

George's Marvelous Medicine

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by Roald Dahl

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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


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!

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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“A magic medicine it shall be!”

George sat himself down at the table in the kitchen. He was shaking a little. Oh, how he hated Grandma! He really hated that horrid old witchy woman. And all of a sudden he had a tremendous urge to do something about her. Something whopping. Something absolutely terrific. A real shocker. A sort of explosion.

“I’m not going to be frightened by her,” he said softly to himself. But he was frightened. And that’s why he wanted suddenly to explode her away.

Well…not quite away. But he did want to shake the old woman up a bit.

Very well, then. What should it be, this whopping terrific exploding shocker for Grandma?

As George sat there pondering this interesting problem, his eye fell upon the bottle of Grandma’s brown medicine standing on the sideboard. Rotten stuff it seemed to be…and it didn’t do her the slightest bit of good. She was always just as horrid after she’d had it as she’d been before.

So-ho! thought George suddenly. I shall make her a new medicine, one that is so strong and so fierce and so fantastic it will either cure her completely or blow off the top of her head.

“Here we go, then!” cried George, jumping up from the table. “A magic medicine it shall be!”

Puffin Books by Roald Dahl


Boy: Tales of Childhood

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Danny the Champion of the World

Dirty Beasts

The Enormous Crocodile

Esio Trot

Fantastic Mr. Fox

George’s Marvelous Medicine

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

Going Solo

James and the Giant Peach

The Magic Finger


The Minpins

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

The Twits

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

The Witches

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

Roald Dahl

George’s Marvelous

illustrated by Quentin Blake



“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.”

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.

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

Brief Biography

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

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George's Marvelous Medicine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love George's marvelous medicene because it is funny. I love Roald Dahl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
hahahahaha!!! i read this book in the 6th grade!!! it was awesome!!!! highly recomended!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When my friend gave me the book i thought it was a joke but it ia truly amazing when i gave the sumary to him he had a mistuves smile so now i smell my food befor i eat it so i dont get posoned and i wush i had never given him the sumary o like all of his books and i read most of them for the read to the rythem program at my local library i want to read them all i have only read 2 books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roald Dhal is a a very good authoor
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have onw where he meets Captainsteven and MCGuy and LHT and Kitsune visit other games
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Last part will be part 25.STORY: Next morning was dreadful. I just hated something for some reason. "Jacob, come here please," I said. "Yeah?" He said. "Pack your bags, your leaving," I said. He packed, said good-bye, and left. I flopped down on the couch. What to do, I thought. So I watch TV. Herobrine comes over. "What's on TV?" He asked. "I don't know," I said. LS comes down. She squeals. "It's OK, we're bros now," I said. I honestly don't have a clue. Then a guy named CaptainSteven came on. There was a girl but I forgot her name. Oh well, I'll look it up. HEY GUYS, IM RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS. SO NEXT IS AT HUNGER GAMES.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how funny this book is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My group and i are reading this book now so far it is good and funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny book stupid grandma
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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:) :>:]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for ages 6-9 year olds. - :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing i love this one the most
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i think it is amazing lauren
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutey love this amazing book because it is about a young little boy who looks after his grandma and makes her this revolting medicine! what makes it so revolting is the fact that he puts animal pills and allsorts in it ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny book. Wanted to keep reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book writer ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it so much and george reminds me of me. I remember the time i mixed together toothpaste shampoo and soap when i was little!