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Esio Trot

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  20,078 Ratings  ·  921 Reviews
Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, until one day he comes up with a brilliant idea to win her heart. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. But it's going to take one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of mag ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published June 28th 1996 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1990)
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Patrick
Oct 15, 2015 Patrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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sarafem
Mar 19, 2008 sarafem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal abusers, compulsive liars, and other immoral people who would enjoy a quick read.
At first I thought "Awww...pretty cute story!" And then Reality-Sara bitchslapped mushy All-Books-Are-Super!-Sara because this story breaks all former immorality and suckosity records in the entire world history of written word.

Esio Trot tells our young children that we can all build beautiful relationships built upon deceit and lies and obsession. They also learn that men are clever and women are idiots, and that it's quite all right to neglect your interchangeable and therefore worthless pets.
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Bunga Mawar
Kalau kamu suka pada seseorang, baiklah cepat sampaikan kepadanya. Lihat apa yang berikutnya terjadi. Karena belum tentu besok kamu masih suka. Atau kalaupun masih, siapa tahu akan ada orang lain yang duluan menyatakan suka padanya, sehingga mereka hidup bahagia bersama saling menyukai tanpa mengajak2 kamu. Atau sebenarnya dia pun suka padamu tapi tidak berani bilang, dan jadilah kalian hidup merana seumur2 tanpa tahu bahwa kalian saling suka.

Demikianlah pesan moral cerita Aruk-aruk ini, tentang
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Karla
Jan 06, 2012 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some reviews for this book bring up interesting issues (women are dumb, animals are objects), but it just goes to show that people read the same things differently.

When I was done with this I felt the bigger point was that Mr. Hoppy went through so much trouble to impress Miss Silver with his magical turtle whispering and then, when he finally declares his love, she asks what kept him so long. I thought that was the message (Keep It Simple, Stupid), not that being a liar and a callous user of tu
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Emily
Feb 10, 2014 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What the hell, Roald Dahl?

(view spoiler)

I can't even.

I can't.

What the hell.

Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
I read this one as a child and loved it so this summer when I was looking for read aloud books for my then 5 year old this one made my short list. I Loved Roald Dahl books as a child and couldn't wait to start reading them to my son. This one is significantly shorter than the other books I wanted to tackle with him so I thought this would be a good place to start.

I figured we would start it and see how far we got before he got too fidgety to pay attention but we ended up reading it in one sitti
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
worst RD book i've ever read.

the mister is kinky and mistress shallow and materialistic, and their marriage is built on lies. and let's not even mention the thing going on with them animals. and it's okay to trick/sham your love into a marriage by doing something crappy to something/one beloved of hers.
Allison
Jan 21, 2008 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: roald-dahl
I've read Roald Dahl's books probably about 5 times each. They are primarily for kids, but I even picked them up and read them again just this last summer. You should experience him at least once in your lifetime. They all have a twist in the end and are brilliantly original and creative.
Marnie
Jan 04, 2016 Marnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, books-i-own
This is a cute short story for those small and small at heart.

Dahl, will always be one of my favorites!
Harun Harahap
Ay nupma eda2 eja aynedi dlaor lhad. Amo-apo tineg gnay aynnaukalek kag huaj irad gba habmatid aruk-aruk nad asahab kilab naklisahgnem atirec gnay repus ucul.
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 6/11/2003
Author: Roald Dahl
Recommended for: pretty much everybody!

I think that this is one of the sweetest books that Roald Dahl has done! In this book it features Mr Hoppy who is hopelessly in love with Mrs Silver however there is a problem.....she has her heart filled with love for her tortoise Alfie. In the book Mr Hoppy comes up with a cunning plan to try and win Mrs Siler's heart. It is a fun, lighthearted, sweet book, that in my opinion is great for any aged reader, it is a tir
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Nadine Larter
I decided to introduce Noah to Roald Dahl this morning and thought he might enjoy Esio Trot. To be quite honest I'm not sure he understood what was going on, but to his credit he was very polite about it and kept assuring me that he liked the story and that I should go on. I think maybe he just likes listening to my voice, which I guess is fine. I wanted to start the morning on a pleasant note, instead of going straight to school work which more often than not just stresses him out. So a book an ...more
Daniel
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I didn't know what this one was about when I grabbed it. I thought maybe "Esio Trot" was the name of a foreign little boy. Turns out it's "tortoise" spelled backwards.
This one's kinda dumb. It was published the year Roald Dahl died, and I think he'd lost his edge by then. I'll give it three stars, though, because I would have liked it when I was at the appropriate age.

My kid self would have liked this book because we used to have turtles as pets. Not tortoises like in the book, but those littl
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Cathy
Jul 15, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times I felt a bit uneasy reading this book. Mrs. Silver really loved her pet tortoise so I felt a bit uneasy when her neighbor took that tortoise away from her and replaced it with a different tortoise. I think you are allowed to bend the rules a bit when it comes to love, but being deceitful towards the person you are in love with is not the way to go. Or at least that's what I think. Despite the akward feelings the book evoked at times, I have still given it four stars because I quite like ...more
Abduraafi Andrian
Apa saja yang menarik minat anak-anak untuk membaca, dari hal-hal kecil sekalipun, seperti kura-kura dan permainan membalikkan kata. Mungkin itu yang menjadi ide cerita pada buku ini?

Tahu tidak, kura-kura dalam Bahasa Inggris adalah tortoise. Nah. Nah. Kau akan menyadari judul buku ini berhubungan dengan Bahasa Inggris kura-kura itu. Ough, so much fun reading children books!

Tentang isi bukunya, aku akan bilang bahwa ini sedikit berat karena Mr. Hoppy yang menyukai Mrs. Silver. Tapi bukan masalah
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Kaz
Sep 13, 2015 Kaz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, read-2015
It was a fun read for an adult. However, I may not recommend to younger children. Some parts of this story is morally wrong, and there were no consequence at the end. It is totally acceptable to return unwanted pets that is not a message you want tell to small kids.
Caroline
Mr. Hoppy loves Miss Silver. Miss Silver loves her tortoise, Alfie. (Side note: the author points out that all of this takes place before England put a ban on importing tortoises from North Africa, so all future events are okay, based on their historical context...basically.) Mr. Hoppy has never been able to act on this love because he is too shy to do anything about it. So, to win her affection, he tells her that her tortoise will get bigger if she whispers a little chant to him. He then goes o ...more
Salma Khatun
This book is about Mr Hoppy who is in love with Mrs Silver. However Mrs Silver gives all her love to her pet tortoise, Alfie. Therefore, Mr Hoppy comes up with a plan to win Mrs Silver's love. Mrs Silver wants Alfie to grow a little so Mr Hoppy gives her a poem to read to Alfie everyday which will apparently help Alfie grow.

Meanwhile, Mr Hoppy buys a whole lot of tortoises and ensures that they are fed well. Whilst Mrs Silver goes to work, Mr Hoppy then swaps Alfie with one of his tortoises. He
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Khalida wahid
Sep 11, 2011 Khalida wahid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esio Trot is a charming short story about an older gentleman and how he goes about to win the heart of his neighbour who he is very much in love with.
Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver and he spends much of his time leaning over his balcony to talk with her while she tends to her flowers and her beloved pet tortoise Alfie. Mrs Silver gives all her attention to Alfie and Mr. Hoppy soon devise’s a cunning plan to win Mrs Silver’s attention and heart and plays on her concern of Alfie’s slow grow
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Jennifer Lavonier
Sep 25, 2012 Jennifer Lavonier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick note about the title, Esio Trot is tortoise spelled backwards.

Mr. Hoppy lives upstairs from Mrs. Silver. He’s quite smitten with her but he’s also quite shy. He often converses with her from their respective balconies but just that requires all courage he can muster. Mrs. Silver has a pet tortoise, Alfie that she is quite fond of. Alfie’s lived with her for eleven years (I myself have had a pet turtle for 19 years) and in that time he has only gained three ounces. Mrs. Silver is desperat
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Yumi Learner
Jul 22, 2013 Yumi Learner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read Esio Trot as my 20th book this year in English to improve my reading skills. The book is written for children, and has only 64 pages. So, it was easy for me to read, but the story was very cute. I really enjoyed reading it. I'm a fan of the book author, Roald Dahl, and I think from younger to eldly all kinds of people can enjoy his books.

I loved the idea that Mr Hoppy tried to get Mrs. Silver in the book even though the idea is quite simple. The book is full of witness, and if people wan
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JackAndrew Harford
I had never heard of this book until christmas 2014 and since then I have wanted to read it. I think the trouble Mr Hoppy goes to in order to convince Mrs Silver that Alfie the tortoise has magically grown really reflects his love and devotion towards his fellow character. Whilst reading I instantly began to link areas of the primary curriculum and wondered how I could use this in a classroom. In terms of topic work, you could link this story with science, in particular looking at life cycles, a ...more
Desty
Okey ini serius. Awalnya saya mengira Esio Trot adalah nama tokoh dalam buku ini. Tapi kenapa terjemahan judulnya "Aruk-aruk"? Saya sampai googling apa maksudnya "aruk-aruk". Ya nggak nemu dong. Sudahlah mari kita baca saja bukunya. Dan...ternyata Aruk-aruk itu KURA-KURA!! Dan Esio Trot itu TORTOISE!! :D :D

Ada aja ya idenya Roald Dahl ini.

Mr. Hoppy tinggal di sebuah apartemen. Di bawahnya tinggallah Mrs. Silver. Mr. Hoppy suka pada Mrs. Silver. Tapi, Mrs. Silver hanya cinta pada kura-kura milikn
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Renee
My son (8) and I (the Mom) reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. You can visit our website for the full reviews.

SON SAYS:

The book is about a man who lives in an apartment who is very lonely but under him, there’s one person he secretly loves but he won’t tell anybody. That person (Mrs. Silver) gives all her love to her pet tortoise, Alfie. Mrs. Silver thinks that Alfie is not growing fast enough and he’s too small. So, one day, Mr. Hoppy tells Mrs. Silver about a secret spell to h
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Lincoln
Jan 10, 2013 Lincoln rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Esio Trot" by Roald Dahl was a great book about a man named Mr. Hoppy who is trying to figure out a way to tell the love of his life the way he truly feels about her. He connects with her through a small turtle that the woman owns and loves. He does certain things that make the woman think that Mr. Hoppy has special powers. I think this book was really good and would recommend this to ages 8 and up. I think it would be too advanced for ages lower than 8 and I think anyone would enjoy reading it ...more
Carl Koch
I read "Esio Trot" by Roald Dahl. Mr. Hoppy has always had a crush on Mrs. Silver, his close neighbor. When she says she'd do anything for her turtle to grow, Mr. Hoppy immediately takes the chance to try and impress her. He tells her to recite a magical saying to her turtle three times a day and he will double in size in two months. He then switches the turtles when she is at work, each one slightly bigger than the last. Finally Mrs. Silver realizes that her turtle has doubled in size and invit ...more
Morgan Wilson
"Estio Trot" is a book about Mr. Hoppy, who is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver. There is only one slight problem, Mrs. Silver's heart belongs to her pet tortoise, Alfie. One morning while Mr. Hoppy and Mrs. Silver were exchanging their daily hellos, she mentioned to him how Alfie is too small. She was devastated that Alfie was not growing at all and had the feeling he was sad because of it. Mr. Hoppy was a very clever man and came up with a plan that would make Alfie grow and also win the ...more
John Jorgensen

plot: In this story, Mr. Hoppy is a lonely man who tries to get his neighbor Mrs. Silver to pay attention to him. He attempts to get her to notice him by going through the tortoise. Mrs. Silver wants Alfie to grow bigger. Mr. Hoppy gets Mrs. Silver to say a magic spell to make the tortoise grow up. To make this happen, Mr. Hoppy buys a bunch of different weight and sized tortoises to make Mrs. Silver believe that he knows what he is talking about.


Characters: Mr. Hoppy is a old man who is really
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Ceri Westcott
Aug 28, 2015 Ceri Westcott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fuck this book, even for a childrens book its beyond stupid.
it follows this, well what I presume to be a neo-nazi fellow who wants him next door neighbour to be his slave. He even says something like 'the thought of her being my slave makes me excited all over' and 'id love to be her tortoise she she would rub my shell'. Fucking disgusting.
secondly, she's an absolute fucking munter and clearly has some kind of mental issues as she thinks saying some words has doubled her tortoises size in a mont
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a
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