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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 ne ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published 2003 by Jonathan Cape (first published 1981)
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Anne Bergshoeff It's okay. It is rather funny, but also quite boring. I rated it with three stars, because it gets repetitive. Overall, it is original and really…moreIt's okay. It is rather funny, but also quite boring. I rated it with three stars, because it gets repetitive. Overall, it is original and really quite cruel, which I like ;-).(less)
Angel Jose It's a medicine made of things laying around the house
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Bookworm Sean
When I was twelve years old I gave a mini presentation to my English class about this book. Afterwards it was time for questions, one annoying girl (who looked strangely like Princess Leia from Star Wars) persisted in asking me, several times, if I didn’t realise that this was a “kid’s book.” She couldn’t understand how I could be reading it at my age; she even went as far as to call me childish. I was terribly insulted. I didn’t know how to respond. She went after me and gave her presentation o ...more
Miriam
Apr 21, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger

I rather sympathized with little George, a basically good, polite, and obedient boy who does his best to please his fickle and ill-tempered granny, to no avail. If I could get away with dosing my nearest but not-dearest with a dollop of George's Marvelous Medicine -- well, I better take the Fifth on that topic.

My attitude probably will not reassure adults who fret that undiscerning young readers may be inspired to emulate George's Graham Young ways, but this book is so crazy that I wouldn't be
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Stacey (prettybooks)
This post is part of the 2016 Classics Challenge.

WHEN I Discovered This Classic
I wasn't aware of George's Marvellous Medicine until I bought my beautiful Roald Dahl box set three years ago. I've been slowly (obviously!) making my way through it and it was George's time.

WHY I Chose to Read It
Much like with Agatha Christie, it was time for my annual dose of Dahl.

WHAT Makes It A Classic
It's one of Roald Dahl's lesser-known novels– a short and eccentric story about what happens when you get a taste
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Becky
Well this was quick and quirky. I hope that this kid doesn't go into the medical field. He's far too willing to use dangerous stuff in his "medicines". I mean, engine oil and anti-freeze are fine, but flowers of turnips? What is he trying to do? Kill someone??

Wait.

I'm not sure what the moral of this story is... 8 year olds can't be trusted with responsibility because they'll muck it all up? Or Grandmothers should only be nice or they deserve to be set on fire, inflated, super-stretched and the
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Mario
Aug 24, 2015 Mario rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never grow up...always down.


I can safely say that Roald Dahl is the best children's books author. The way he pulls you into the story will never cease to amaze me.

The only reason I'm giving this book 4 stars is because I've enjoyed Matilda and The Witches a little more. This still is a great book, that I've finished in a heartbeat, and I'm sure I'll re-read it again more than once.
Colleen
Jun 04, 2010 Colleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, roald-dahl
Mmmm. I really like Roald Dahl but this book...is a little scary. I wouldn't let my child read it. Introducing the idea into a child's head to create a concoction to add to a liquid medicine someone is currently taking is not something I want to do.

I also didn't like the language in the book. For example, here are some of the lines Grandma said,

"Mummy's as stupid as you are",
"you're a nasty little maggot"
"you're a lazy and disobedient little worm",
"oh you horrible little boy, you disgusting l
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
The funniest thing about this book is the dedication page. "This book is for doctors everywhere." Ha! Roald Dahl was such a cheeky devil.

George is stuck at home alone with his mean, scary, and very demanding grandma. He's supposed to give her medicine at eleven o'clock. Instead of giving her the usual medicine, he concocts a replacement batch, hoping it will improve Grandma's disposition. To create his "Marvelous Medicine," George throws in absolutely everything he can find around the house. Sh
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Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 1981
Author: Roald Dahl
Recommended for: children and pretty much everybody

This is one of the absolute classic childrens books by the wonderfully talented Roald Dahl and teamed up with the outstanding Quentin Blake for the illustrations. This book features George Kranky who ends up taking care of his Grandma who is possibly one of the most selfish people in his life, so when George gets a change to makes up his Grandma's medicine it is his turn to try and get the poisionous attitude out
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Catie
My seven year old thought this was the most shocking, funniest, most thrillingly disgusting book ever and she loved every minute of it. My four year old fell asleep about 1/4 of the way through but we carried her off to bed and then read the rest of the book together in one go, cackling madly with blankets wrapped around our heads.
Sara Kamjou
چهقدر بدآموزی داشت :)))))
آموزش چگونه حال مادربزرگ بدجنستان را بگیرید :دی
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Saoirse Sterling
Read as part of the #InfiniteVariety2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

I'm a bit baffled as to why this particular book made it on to the list. I've not really heard about it and I had no preconceptions of it as I went in: just a few ideas of what a Dahl book is like. The whimsy is there, as is the imagination. The Horrible Person (or People in some cases) is there with their Horrible Traits and the Dahlian ending that I've come to expect but am still surprised by.

It's a goo
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Angela
Nov 25, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Georges Marvellous Medicine tells the story of 8 year old George Kranky who lives on a farm with his mum, dad and his nasty old grandma. She is a bitter old lady who speaks horribly to George and is always saying mean things to him. It is George’s job to give his grandma her medicine at 11am every day. George feels that the medicine does not make her any nicer so one day he decides to make his own medicine for her hoping that it will cure her of her mean disposition. He concocts the medicine fro ...more
Tiny Mendoza
Jan 11, 2013 Tiny Mendoza rated it liked it
Considering the fact that I'm a big sucker for children's books, I can't deny that Roald Dahl holds a special place in my heart (naks) and I have read almost all of his books.
I dunno, maybe I wasn't in a good mood when I read this or maybe I was just bored at the time but... (I hate to say this) for me this is the most uninteresting book I have read written by him.
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Laura
Jul 21, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-star
A real quirky story from master storyteller Dahl. I loved this book as a child, I think I must have read it several times throughout the years! George is left to look after his horrible old granny and decides to get his own back; he makes a magical poison with all sorts of things he finds lying around the house.

One of the funniest aspects of this book was something I didn't appreciate until I was an adult and looking back. I recall a disclaimer somewhere in the book that read something along the
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Tanya Searle
Jul 24, 2015 Tanya Searle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The children that I read this to told me to give it 100 out of 5 stars. I guess they liked it. Comments included, "funny, hilarious, the best book ever." Quite a few giggles when Mr Kranky was calling grandma an old hag and when George called her a grunion. Great discussions about the meanings of these words and fun was had by all thinking of people they knew that could be grunions. Fantastic vocab and an interesting ending.
Niina
Apr 05, 2016 Niina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, childrens
Huh! Roald Dahlin lastenkirjat yllättävät joka kerta, joskaan eivät aina positiivisesti.

Ilmarilla on ilkeä mummo, josta käytetään aika rajuja nimityksiä, kuten "vanha ämmä". Ilmari on päättänyt keittää tehokkaan lääkkeen, jolla Mummosta tulee kiltti ja herttainen, niin kuin mummojen tulee olla. Lääkeseokseen heitetään mm. pakkasnestettä, karvapoistoainetta ja kengänkiilloketta - melkoinen myrkkysoppa siis kyseessä. Aineella onkin Ilmarin toivoma räjähtävä vaikutus, mutta pari odottamatontakin k
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Karla
Jan 17, 2012 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gleefully grim tale from Roald Dahl. I love his way of writing nasty characters, and "Grandma" in this story is amazingly nasty because she is a kernel of realism surrounded by exaggeration and grotesquerie. Many tots either have a relative like Grandma (or know of the neighborhood crank) who is a thoroughly unpleasant person that seems to get a kick out of being abusive, cranky, demanding, impossible to please, or obnoxious trait whathaveyou.

So George, innocent or not so innocent boy th
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Faye
Mar 24, 2012 Faye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is George's Marvellous Medicine! This is a very good book, with amazing descriptions, and heart-racing moments hidden in this book! It is about a little boy called George, who decide's to make a magic medicine for his grandma to get her back for all the horrible things she has done to him. He uses (nearly) everything in the house. He fills his saucepan up with all the ingredients, and with a little boil and a stir, the medicine will go into grandma's mouth, and the magic will begin! Find ou ...more
Robert Collins
Apr 29, 2012 Robert Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
George’s Grandma is a bitter old hag who dislikes children, especially ones who ‘grow too fast’. She bosses George about and insists on being waited on by poor George who unwillingly carries out a range of thankless tasks for his Grandma. When George’s parents leave him in charge of the house and ask him to take care of his granny for the afternoon, he certainly does take care of her, but not in the traditional sense! This is a brilliant story about a beautiful and hilarious relationship between ...more
Fiona
Jun 04, 2016 Fiona rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
This was sitting on the bookshelf of our holiday cottage so I thought I'd read it for fun. It does have some quite funny moments but it's really quite a sinister tale. George has a crabbit old granny who isn't nice to him so he decides to give her medicine that, fiction aside, would kill her. No spoilers here so I won't say how the book finished but it certainly provides a new perspective on elder abuse! It's really a rather unpleasant little story. Enid Blyton it isn't!
Jennie
Mar 21, 2014 Jennie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
So, maybe I've changed since becoming a mother, but I couldn't find much that was positive about this book. We read it aloud as a bedtime story (continuing our Roald Dahl trend as of late). The only reason we stuck it through was because it was such a short story and I kept hoping that there would be some kind of positive moral. There isn't. I suppose it could be a fun little story for an older child, but for little kids like mine (almost 4 and 6) that are not so solid on what should be real and ...more
Tasha
Oct 13, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child I did not read this book do not know why, but as an adult I really enjoyed it. I liked the story, the characters - Gran was my favourite. The liquids and things put into the toxic medicine were so funny. The reaction from the characters from it was brilliant, you did not know what was coming next it keep the reader engaged and wanting to continue reading to find out what was going to happen next.

I really enjoyed this book and think I would have felt the same way about it if I had bee
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Melissa Loraine
Aug 23, 2015 Melissa Loraine rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler Alert*
This classic story is about a young boy called George who has a difficult relationship with his Grandma. His Grandma is rude, abrasive, very old and very small. One day when George's parents are out he decides to make his Grandma a new form of medicine to teach her a lesson. He adds a variety of household products which are typically toxic and unconventional medicinal ingredients. Having produced the medicine he then gives his grandma a spoonful which has a bizarre and radical eff
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Minh Trang
Apr 16, 2016 Minh Trang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiếp tục một lần nữa cười lăn cười bò vì người kể chuyện số 1 thế giới Roald Dahl :))

Đại loại là, cậu bé George có một người bà. Bà là người rất khó chịu và luôn khiến cho George cảm thấy sợ hãi mỗi khi ở gần. Thế là chú bé quyết định chế ra một thứ “thần dược” chữa bệnh khó tính của bà, rồi đánh tráo với thứ thuốc bổ bà uống hằng ngày.

Cứ đọc thành phần của cái “thần dược” này mà xem, nào là dầu gội đầu, son môi, keo xịt tóc, thuốc chữa bệnh cho bò và ngựa,… Thứ thuốc này không khiến cho bà gặp
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Emm
May 12, 2016 Emm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"George had absolutely no doubts whatsoever about how he was going to make his famous medicine. he wasn’t going to fool about wondering whether to put in a little bit of this or a little bit of that. Quite simply, he was going to put in EVERYTHING he could find. There would be no messing about, no hesitating, no wondering whether a particular thing would knock the old girl sideways or not. The rules would be this: whatever he saw, if it was runny or powdery or gooey, in it went. Nobody had ever ...more
Shanaz Khan
Sep 24, 2011 Shanaz Khan rated it it was amazing
This book forms a part of my childhood where after reading this I used to want to raid the cupboards of my house from shampoo to washing up liquid and in hope to form some sort of magic potion or medicine that would work like George. From the very beginning ‘Warning to readers: Do not try to make George’s Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It could be dangerous’. George lives with his ‘grizzly old grunion of a Grandma’ who he dislikes as she is not like other Grandmas. She keeps telling Geo ...more
Imrania
Sep 05, 2011 Imrania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Georges Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

This story is one that I have read when I was younger and have read many times over to my own children. Many children can relate to George and really become engaged in this book as Roald Dahl does an excellent job in describing George’s feelings. The story is about a fantastic boy called George who is the son of Mr and Mrs Kranky.

George has to stay home and look after his Grandma who is not as nice as Grandma’s are meant to be. She is mean, lazy and a gr
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Natalie Carpenter
Oct 16, 2012 Natalie Carpenter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George lives on a farm with his parents and his nasty, grumpy old grandma. He has no siblings and there are no children nearby to play with. Left alone with his grandma once again, George comes up with a brilliant plan to teach his grandma a well deserved lesson. He has an hour before her medicine is due in which to create a magical concoction that he hopes will relieve her of some of her more vicious traits.

George visits each room in the house one by one, adding ingredients into his huge saucep
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Riona Daly
Sep 24, 2012 Riona Daly rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this children's book as it kept my attention from beginning to end through its humour and sense of imagination. It is about an eight year old boy named George who is left to take care of his Grandmother while his parents are out. She is demanding, rude and quite simply frustrates George to the point where he decides to replace her usual medicine with his own home remedy in order to give her a shock. He boils up items from a range of locations to create his concoction. On giving ...more
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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.

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