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Esio Trot

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  32,996 ratings  ·  1,834 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
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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. Silv
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 Roze
Shelves: children-s, audiobook
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.
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“Tortoise, Tortoise get bigger, bigger. Come on Tortoise grow up, puff up, shoot up! Spring up, Blow up swell up! Gorge! Guzzle! Stuff! Gulp! Put on fat, Tortoise, Put on fat! get on, Get on! Gobble food!!”

In this short, cute and imaginative love story, we meet a man of questionable morals who deceives a pretty widow to gain her love, by making her believe he can shrink and enlarge her pet tortoise at his will. Very funny idea and illustrations, I wonder what passed in Dahl's crazy head when he
'Tis indeed a grand romantic gesture on Mr. Hoppy's part as he does whatever it takes to win Mrs. Silver's affections . . . but are lies and deception really the best way to start off a relationship?

This is definitely not one of Dahl's best, but it's better than no Dahl at all.
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
Holly (The Grimdragon)
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 same canno
Swaroop Kanti
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A simple and nice Roald Dahl story about Mr. Hoppy, Mrs. Silver and Alfie, the tortoise.

Mr. Hoppy is secretly in love with Mrs. Silver. But he will need to first deal with Alfie, Mrs. Silver's tortoise.

Here's Mr. Hoppy quivering with excitement!

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.

Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“‘Esio Trot’, it’s Tortoise spelt backwards”

Another of my favourite Dahl stories as a kid as Mr Hoppy a shy old man develops a bonkers scheme to impress he’s neighbour Mrs. Silver.
She just wants her little tortoise to grow slightly larger.

The mad brain scheme sees Mr Hoppy buys as many tortoises as possible and slowly lowers the next size down each day after convincing Mrs. Silver that he knows a magic rhythm that will help the little fella grow.

It’s such a fun quick read, the illustrations of
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Went to bed listening to this.
Remembered it when I was young and owned the book.
Forgot how cute it was. Only took about half an hour.
Loved it.
Helen Drake
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a delightful story. Amazing what one will do for love!
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
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
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
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Ashley Daviau
While I did enjoy this story for the most part, I can’t help but notice how problematic parts of it are now that I’m older. I remember reading it when I was younger and I adored it but I definitely didn’t have a full grasp of it like I did reading it again as an adult. Reading it now it kind of just gives me an unpleasant feeling, and I really don’t think it’s something I’d read to my kids. It just gives the wrong sort of message in so many ways!
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
Tatevik Najaryan
I don't know how I missed this one! This is officially my favorite Dahl book!
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
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Bloody 'ell! I dunno what happened here. Roald Dahl, one of the most imaginative children's writers ever has lost the plot here. He had an idea of a story and it feels like he couldn't figure how to get the story out of his head. Esio Trot is very brief, it shows you how to manipulate a daft woman and it ends very flat.

My daughter and I found it dull and was glad when it was over and we could move onto something else.

If you are a Roald Dahl fan then avoid this one because you'll only be disappo
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A short story about love, when Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver and too shy to tell her, noticing her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise, he mastered a small plan to win her heart by faking a magic spell that will help the tortoise grow up.
How will that goes?
It's a very heartwarming short story that I enjoyed listening to a lot.

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