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George Speaks

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  198 Ratings  ·  25 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)
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Anna Garland
Sep 06, 2011 Anna Garland rated it really liked it
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
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Lydia
Aug 20, 2012 Lydia rated it really liked it
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
Oct 24, 2011 Charlotte Gray rated it liked it
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
Jul 21, 2011 Lindsey rated it really liked it
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.
Cynthia Egbert
Aug 31, 2015 Cynthia Egbert rated it liked it
My grandniece spends every Sunday night with us so that I can take her to her piano lesson first thing on Monday morning. After her lesson, I run her over to school and we arrive early and so we have been reading this book together during our waiting time. We love it! We both agree that baby George may be brilliant but he does need some more manners which we hope he gained as he grew up. But we really appreciated the relationship between George and his big sister Laura. So cute. Mr. King-Smith d ...more
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
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Pandora
Feb 14, 2015 Pandora rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
I don't remember much about this one which I why I gave it 3 stars.
Kathleen
Aug 30, 2015 Kathleen rated it liked it
Shelves: cassettes, 2002
Cute and Funny.
Luann
Jul 03, 2008 Luann rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, 2008
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.
Yael
Jul 04, 2013 Yael rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
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Poonguzhali
Mar 28, 2008 Poonguzhali rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 09, 2009 Avalon rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 08, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty hilarious. I think older siblings who are getting a baby sibling would really appreciate the story line.
Isoken
Mar 29, 2013 Isoken rated it liked it
Meet George the four week old who can talk although he hasn't learned to control his body very well yet.
Lyn
Jun 15, 2011 Lyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books, class-1
Great book to read aloud to 7 year olds. They really find it funny.
Tiffany
Mar 07, 2013 Tiffany rated it liked it
A somewhat odd concept, but my 5 year old seemed to enjoy it.
Boston
Jun 09, 2009 Boston rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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.
Oct 15, 2009 MARGOT J. rated it it was amazing
This book was SO funny!
Sarah
Jun 21, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Very cute story!!! :)
Jenna
Feb 04, 2009 Jenna rated it liked it
cute book.
Izabel Ray
Apr 04, 2013 Izabel Ray rated it it was amazing
Funny Funny Funny
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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
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