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Esio Trot

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  27,663 Ratings  ·  1,397 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, 80 pages
Published November 6th 2003 by Jonathan Cape Children's Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Miranda Reads
Three stars for marital implications and pet care.

The Fundamental Three Facts
1) Mr. Hoppy is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver.
2) Mrs. Silver adores her pet tortoise, Alfie, but worries about how small he is.
3) Mr. Hoppy gives Mrs. Silver a "magic" spell. Aka, he kidnaps Alfie, slowly replacing him with larger tortoises (pretending all the while it's the same tortoise).

Ex-CUSE me??

Sure, it's cute to read about Mr. Hoppy wooing Mrs. Silver but don't forget, Mr. Hoppy deceives Mrs. Silver
Michael Finocchiaro
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is yet another wonderful story from Roald Dahl - this time of middle-aged love thanks to some turtles and some clever swapping by Mr. Hoppy. I am sure that he and Mrs Silver are perfect for each other and happy that Alfie found a new home. This is a story that you can read in about 30 minutes to your child and it is a pure delight for both you and your kid!
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Mariah
Shelves: audiobook, children-s
A delightful story by Dahl I have never read, but heard much about over the past few months. Magically penned and thoroughly interesting for readers of all ages. Mr. Hoppy has long had his eye on his neighbour, Mrs. Silver. While it is an innocent admiration, Mr. Hoppy soon learns that Mrs. Silver's only love is directed towards her tortoise, Alfie. This tortoise seems to possess a weight-related issue that Mrs. Silver has said plagues her. Might solving it be the way into her heart? After conco ...more
Mar 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
What the hell, Roald Dahl?

(view spoiler)

I can't even.

I can't.

What the hell.

May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find this story of middle-aged love delightful. It's also the first chapter book that my oldest, now 13, read all the way through. He read it aloud to me when he was in kindergarten, and we both adored it.

Reread 2018: Since the first time I read this (or had it read to me) I've seen a ton of reviews bashing it and how sexist it is. I really don't think so. First we have to consider that it's old, second we have to consider the ending. Mr. Hoppy is over the moon that Mrs. Silver says she will b
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is such a simple, straightforward and very (grown up) human story at the heart of 'Esio Trot' and it does feel somehow different from many other Dahl books in it's nature. The characters here are the key and are so well written. The humour in 'Esio Trot' is of a very gentle and affectionate kind.

This is a short book and a great story told by a master. To call it a 'feel-good' novel would somehow belittle and stereotype this lovely book, but there is definitely something very heart-warming
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really a huge fan of Roald Dahl's so I want to read as many of his stories as I can, while at the same time I'm dreading running out of stories to read. *lol*

This shorter story (shorter when compared to my favourites) is a cute little story about loneliness; about elderly people still wanting love and having a life; about ingenuity. Specifically, we have Mr. Hoppy, who lives in an apartment above Mrs. Silver, with whom he is in love. But he's also shy and doesn't know how to approach her - u
Okay, so I read this as a sort of long distance buddy read with my seven year old niece. We’ve both got a boxset of Roald Dahl books. Mainly because she fell in love with mine while we read a couple of them together when she came to visit last year, so her mum got her a set too. She absolutely loves books and reading. Anyway, we decided to start our long distance buddy read with Esio Trot. We both read the book in our own homes, then as soon as we finished it, Daisy rung me to discuss the book.

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
Helen Drake
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a delightful story. Amazing what one will do for love!
Amira Mahmoud
لا أدري كيف لقصة كهذه من المفترض أنها تُقدم للأطفال أن تقدم لهم الكذب في صورة رومانسية هكذا دون أن تلمح ولو مجرد تلميح إلى قبحه أو احتمالية اكتشافه ولو من بعيد، جميل أن نحاول الوصول لمن نحب بأي وسيلة كانت لكن ليس بالطبع الكذب من بينها!
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
Holly the Infinite Book Dragon
Aug 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
When he heard the words your slave for life, a little shiver of excitement swept through Mr. Hoppy.

So this is supposed to be a fucking horror novel, right? Right? A thriller where this insanely lonesome man stalks his downstairs neighbor & then KIDNAPS her beloved pet tortoise? Eventually convincing the none too bright female object of his affection to marry him? Then sends Alfie, her tortoise, back to the pet store. Where, thankfully, Alfie lucks out & ends up with a good family. The sa
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
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
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.
Joey Woolfardis
This was such an odd book to come from Dahl-the author of some quite decent children's books-that I really don't know why it even exists. It has some very shaky morals and rather dull writing. The ending is actually quite Dahl-unpredictable and very not-of-the-norm, but it was so abrupt and weird that I just can't even think of anything else to say. In most cases I'd say don't read it-oh please don't let your children read this one-but honestly, I think you need to read this just to understand w ...more
Jan 21, 2008 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.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
I don't know what to say, really.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-read
I read this as a child, and reading it as an adult definitely reveals some other ideas... such as the ridiculousness of Mr Hoppy and how inappropriate what he does is, as well said by Patrick Rothfuss in a review of his. But I enjoyed the writing style, and the mathematical themes good for young readers. This was the shortest book on my “unread” shelf (even though yes, I read it as a child - I’m still counting it as previously unread) and I decided to start the year off promptly after midnight r ...more
A curious love story. Mr. Hoppy and Mrs. Silver live in apartments on top of one another and they see each other around their balcony. Mr. Hoppy is shy and doesn't really talk to her unless it's about her turtle. He even comes up with magic words which the title is part of tortoise spelled backwards that he gives Mrs. Silver to help the turtle grow bigger. The story feels a little deceitful and it's also simply fun and I find myself enjoying the silly antics of Mr. Hoppy. It's a short little rea ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
My year of Roald Dahl continues.....

This is a cute story where Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy tries to win her heart over by helping her tortoise "grow" to the length and height that Mrs. Silver wants. His plan takes one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magic.
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.
Tom Kidman
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, what to say about this. Spoilers here, so be warned. This book is unashamedly and completely un-PC, in a way that has really made me step back and think. Not many kids books do that. This is really for the grown up reader that has accidentally chosen it as some quaint bedtime reading for the kids, because we are always looking for the deeper meaning, and in this book it's pretty nasty. A old man tricks his way into wedlock with a ditzy blonde (based on Q.B.'s drawings) by swapping her pet t ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wat een moeilijk boek om te reviewen, omdat ik eigenlijk twee meningen heb, namelijk:

1. Het is best een schattig boek. Roald Dahl heeft een leuke schrijfstijl, waardoor het heel vlot leest (en het boek is heel kort, haha), de plaatjes van de schildpadden zijn cute, en dat de meneer zo verliefd is, dat hij zoveel moeite doet om haar hart te veroveren is aandoenlijk.

2. Ik zou dit boek niet voorlezen aan kinderen, omdat ik de boodschappen in dit verhaal niet juist vind, en er ook geen consequenties
Nadine Larter
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jasmine Inej Darcy
the title is "tortoise" spelt backwards.TBH,I don't really remember the year I read this in because it was probably,like most if not all Roald Dahl books,one of my childhood books.
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