George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

When I was young one of the first writers who got me hooked on reading was Roald Dahl; so how lucky am I to have two wonderful bookworm daughters who at the ages of seven and nine still enjoy reading with their Dad at bedtime. And because they are such angels I recently bought them all of Roald Dahl’s novels that he wrote for children (if you were not aware he also wrote books for adults, and the screenplay for the James Bond film, You Only Live Twice).

So since the book I am reading at the moment on my Kindle is a bit long, I will take this time to begin reviewing some of the wonderful books I share with my girls, beginning with my favourite Roald Dahl novel, George’s Marvellous Medicine.

The Blurb

George’s Grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish old woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered up mouth like a dog’s bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful of medicine, but it doesn’t seem to do her any good. She’s always just as poisonous after she’s taken it as she was before. When George is left to look after her one morning, it’s just the chance he needs . . .

Oh Roald, why do you put children into such situations as these?

Poor George, is just an innocent boy, who lives in rural England meaning there are no other children around for him to play with, and to make the matter worse, he is left indoors with the world’s most miserable Grandmother while his mother is in town. As if this wasn’t enough though, George also has to administer Grandma’s medicine. In typical Dahl fashion though, George comes up with a cunning plan to improve his Grandmother, and hopefully his life.

George’s plan is to add a few ingredients to Grandma’s medicine to cure her of her miserable attitude and a few other ailments she has, but life isn’t so simple in the world of Dahl. When George administers Grandma’s medicine something amazing happens which will have you and your children hooked up to the hilarious conclusion.

As I said earlier, I think George’s Marvellous Medicine is the cream of the crop of Dahl’s novels written for children, but I think it will be up to you and your children to decide by reading this wonderful story… I promise you won’t regret it!


Second Opinion

Click here to read a child’s review of this book on The Guardian website


  • Published August 16, 2007 by Puffin (originally published 1981)
  • ISBN 0142410357
  • 96 pages

Author: W.H Winegarden

Like most people one day Wesley will die. Until then though, Wesley spends his days drinking coffee, watching the telly,trying to figure out politics and listening to BBC Radio... and on the days he is at work watching trains under the ground. Away from work he putters around in the kitchen, tends to his fish, watches films and occasionally reads a book, or works in his garden. Wesley is also a keen father to his two little princesses, and a slave to his wife.

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