Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “George Speaks” as Want to Read:
George Speaks
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

George Speaks

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  181 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Here is the story of a baby who begins talking -- at the age of 4 weeks! And it's not just the occasional word: George has a large vocabulary and plenty to say. From master storyteller Dick King-Smith, this is the hilarious story of a family turned upside-down by an unusually gifted (and demanding) infant. Illustrated with over 80 black and white line drawings.
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 1948)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about George Speaks, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about George Speaks

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 282)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Anna Garland
This was my absolute favourite book when I was about 8 years old. The story follows the birth and growth of Laura’s baby brother George, who from appearances couldn’t look more normal for a 4 week old baby but who in reality, was anything but normal!

This discovery came at 4 weeks old when Laura, his older sister, remarks that she thinks he looks like a pig. Of course, Laura was not expecting a reply from her baby brother and was confounded when George retorted ‘Pig yourself!’. Indeed, as it tran
...more
Lydia
George Speaks by Dick King-Smith is about a baby boy, George, who starts to speak at only 4 weeks old. He does not speak typical baby ‘goo goo’ but in an adult and even pompous manner. Laura, George’s older sister found out he could speak but was to keep it a secret from their mum and dad. Laura help George improve matters of been a baby by helping holding up a book so he can read, helping him use a potty and to get different foods other than milk such as Bacon Casserole and Chicken and Mushroo ...more
Charlotte Gray
This book is about baby George who can talk fluently and intelligently from the moment he is born, although he doesn’t reveal this fact to any but his older sister, Laura. She is very excited to find out she has a baby brother who is much cleverer than her – or in fact most adults. George insists that no adults find out straight away how clever he is as they won’t understand, not like children. George, not wanting to shock his parents starts to drip feed words to his parents to start to show the ...more
Niamh Walsh
George Speaks is an excellent book portraying the life of a very special baby who could talk right when he was born. He kept it a secret to all the grownups and only told his eight year old sister Laura who was extremely happy and overjoyed at the fact that her younger baby brother George could talk. She was amazed at his ability to know the English language and also to know all his tables at such a tender age. Laura was scared though that her parents would find out how special George was so she ...more
Kavitha Suhumar
This book is about a baby called George who can speak in full sentences-but does not share his secret with anyone but his older sister. George’s sister (Laura) is very excited that she has a baby brother who is very clever. George and Laura go on to try and reveal the secret to their parents. The story ends where George has his first birthday part and instead of inviting other babies he wants the company of adults-where he gives a speech. All the adults were very shocked with George’s vocabulary ...more
Lindsey
This book is about a baby that can speak when it is a couple of weeks old. My kids really liked this book and I was laughing right along with them.
Niamh
Sep 25, 2011 Niamh added it

George Speaks by Dick King Smith
George Speaks is an excellent book portraying the life of a very special baby who could talk right when he was born. He kept it a secret to all the grownups and only told his eight year old sister Laura who was extremely happy and overjoyed at the fact that her younger baby brother George could talk. She was amazed at his ability to know the English language and also to know all his tables at such a tender age. Laura was scared though that her parents would find o
...more
Pandora
I don't remember much about this one which I why I gave it 3 stars.
Luann
A fun, silly story about a baby who can speak in full sentences from birth, but keeps it a secret from everyone except his sister. I guess Dick King-Smith decided to switch from talking, intelligent animals to babies for this one. I'll be recommending this to students who enjoyed the Flat Stanley books.
Cheryl
Pretty darn silly - and not much more than just that. I don't particularly like George, as he's rather arrogant. I do like how King-Smith has different illustrators for all his different books, choosing carefully which will do the best, most appropriate, job for the tone and plot of each story.
Yael
Wouldn't it be nice to have a newborn that could speak and understand as a grown up?
Well, George speaks.
I really like this book. Last time I read it was like 5 months ago, to my baby girl :) and the first time I did, I was around 7 years old.

It never gets old.
Cheryl
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Poonguzhali
its a 3 monthed old baby and could talk so fast.But it had no teeth.I think it is interesting because no babies can talk in 3 months but George.It is a very good book.
Avalon
George learns how to talk when he was three weeks old. The first two words he says is "Pig also," his sister said he looked like a pig.
Jen
This is pretty hilarious. I think older siblings who are getting a baby sibling would really appreciate the story line.
Isoken
Meet George the four week old who can talk although he hasn't learned to control his body very well yet.
Lyn
Great book to read aloud to 7 year olds. They really find it funny.
Tiffany
A somewhat odd concept, but my 5 year old seemed to enjoy it.
Boston
A baby that speaks three weeks after he is born.
Sammy
Aug 07, 2011 Sammy added it
I found this a very amusing read as a child.
MARGOT J.
This book was SO funny!
Sarah
Very cute story!!! :)
Jenna
cute book.
Izabel Ray
Funny Funny Funny
Jane Melvin
Jane Melvin marked it as to-read
Feb 18, 2015
Himanshu Maru
Himanshu Maru is currently reading it
Feb 15, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Granny
  • The Door in the Tree (The Magician's House Quartet, #2)
  • Pettersson kriegt Weihnachtsbesuch
  • The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog (The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog, #1)
  • Unmentionable! (Uncollected)
  • Bill's New Frock
  • Down Comes the Rain
  • The Killer Underpants
  • Tut, Tut (Time Warp Trio, #6)
  • Ten Stories about Smoking
  • Told After Supper
  • Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse
  • The Best Christmas Present in the World
  • Piper Reed, The Great Gypsy (Piper Reed #2)
  • General Prologue To The Canterbury Tales
  • Harry and the Wrinklies
  • Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise (Mercy Watson #4)
23157
Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books.

Dick writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get
...more
More about Dick King-Smith...
Babe: The Gallant Pig The Water Horse A Mouse Called Wolf Martin's Mice The Hodgeheg

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »