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George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
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Sep 24, 2012

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 his Grandma the mixture she begins to grow taller and taller until her head goes through the attic. He then gives the medicine to a chicken, it grows enormous and lays gigantic eggs. When his parents arrive back, his mother is in disbelief but his father is excited and praises him for the discovery. He immediately claims that it must be given to all the other farm yard animals and that more of this medicine must be made by his son. However, George tries to explain that he has no list of the ingredients but his father insists he attempts it again. On each effort the result was different with the final trial causing the disappearance of Grandma.
I would recommend this book for children from the age of eight and up.
It would be useful in the classroom for rememberance techniques such as through the ingredients George added. It is also a great book to advance creative writing ideas as it displays unique and unusual descriptions of unlikely events.
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