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George's Marvellous Medicine

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  74,535 ratings  ·  2,654 reviews
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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Maryam It's not a "Medicine" like pills or actual medicine doctors give you, it's just stuff from a garage and a laundry room or bathroom e.t.c. And he mixed…moreIt's not a "Medicine" like pills or actual medicine doctors give you, it's just stuff from a garage and a laundry room or bathroom e.t.c. And he mixed it all up and boiled it.(less)

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Sean Barrs
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
Miranda Reads
Well...that's one way to deal with a cranky grandparent

As a kid, I would find this mischievous and delightful. As an adult, I find George to be quite the monstrous little demon as he joyfully poisons grandma. Sure, the lady is grumpy and rude...but did he really need to make her disappear? I worry for George's parents, should they ever displease the little psychopath.

Now, George says he just wants to make her better medicine. It's all a cover-up. Even at eight, you'd know whether or not adding s
Swaroop Kanti
A fun read, and of course this book should come with a "do not try at home" warning!

George's Marvellous Medicine is about the adventures (or can also be called misadventures) of George to make a medicine for his always grumpy grandma. The medicine does work, but in marvellously different ways. A nice, good read for all.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Mariah Roze
A re-read with Neo this week!!

Another Dahl classic that I have not read for many years. During a short binge read of the author's work, I thought that this would be perfect to warm my heart as I think back to my own childhood. George Kranky is a wonderful little boy, though he is saddled with one of the most cantankerous grandmothers on the planet. She insults him, berates him, and demands that he wait on her. Tiring of being insulted, George takes it upon himself to concoct a little plan to see
Ahmad Sharabiani
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George's Marvellous Medicine = George's Marvelous Medicine, Roald Dahl
George's Marvellous Medicine is a book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. First published in 1981. It is one of Dahl's shorter children's books. While 8-year-old George's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kranky, are out running going shopping, George's maternal grandmother bosses him around and bullies him. She scares George by saying that she likes to eat insects and he wonders briefly if she's a witch. To punish he
Mariah Roze
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mariah Roze by: Matt
I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl's books since he is such a phenomenal writer. This book was no exception. It was creative and mystifying. The concept was unique and very captivating and the book left me with wanting to read more.

George's grandma bosses him around. George can't stand his grandmother and how she always treats him badly, so he decided to make a magic medicine to replace his grandma's normal medicine. He goes around his home and collects a variety of ingredients tha
Jan 16, 2009 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
Edgarr Alien Pooh
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
For my 200th review, I have once again returned to a guilty pleasure - Roald Dahl. The man was a genius and again in this quick children's fictional read, he proves it. I have always seen Dahl as a logical step for kids who start out reading Dr. Seuss. If Seuss's works were in song he would be known as a lyrical genius, the rhymes, and the silliness have fascinated kids and adults for decades and Dahl has done likewise. He has taken the magic, the absurdity, and the rhyming and placed it in a no ...more
Sam Quixote
Jan 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t remember much about George’s Marvellous Medicine from when I read it as a kid except that I didn’t love it. So I was curious to find out exactly why I thought that and whether the book might be better now that I’m older and (barely) wiser.

Well: I think George’s Marvellous Medicine might be Roald Dahl’s worst book!

George has a hateful grandma whom he decides to teach a lesson by mixing together various ingredients and giving it to her, pretending it’s her medicine. Something silly happen
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I came across a copy of this the other day in my local bookstore. It's a childhood favourite and when I saw that the illustrations were in colour I couldn't resist buying it.
I've had a great time reading this again. Roald Dahl's books are absolutely brilliant and Quentin Blake's illustrations are the perfect match for the wonderful stories. Fun, absurd and somewhat scary, I have enjoyed reading 'George's Marvellous Medicine' many times! 🐓🐔
Dannii Elle
I'm unsure where my lack of love for this title stemmed from. Please tell me I'm not the only one who used to spend their bath-time making 'potions' by mixing all the shampoos and bubble bath within reach into a jug?? That is basically what George does, in this story, only with more severe consequences.

George was a book I was familiar with, but never a childhood favourite of mine. I can recall repeated readings of this book, but I believe this was more due to my adoration for the author rather t
Jun 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, roald-dahl
Mmmm. I really like Roald Dahl but this 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
Dana-Adriana B.
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, gift
Such a fun story. I have read the book to my kids, every day a bit, and it was a great adventure 😁.
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??


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
Aug 24, 2015 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.
Jeanette (Again)
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
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
I don't think this is appropriate for children. Young kids who read this might end up taking large gulps of shampoo or eating body lotions.. They also might end up hating their grandmothers and start calling them '' filthy hags''... Maybe I am missing something here.. But this book seemed too creepy to me.

I do recognize Dahl's unique writing style though...and I have to admit I liked it a little bit.

2 stars because I want this way to advise parents against reading this to their children..
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
What's not to love about a Roald Dahl book? Loved the part with the grandma but it lost a little steam after that. Still liked it enough to make it a book club selection with some of my 4th graders.
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.
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 tast
Mariah Roze
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl's books since he is such a phenomenal writer. This book was no exception. It was creative and mystifying. The concept was unique and very captivating and the book left me with wanting to read more.

George's grandma bosses him around. George can't stand his grandmother and how she always treats him badly, so he decided to make a magic medicine to replace his grandma's normal medicine. He goes around his home and collects a variety of ingredients tha
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
Ashley Daviau
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn’t the first time I read this story but I think I was able to appreciate how silly it was much more this time around. If anyone truly had ingested such “medicine”, I’m pretty sure much worse would have happened than in the story! But that’s what made it so funny and so enjoyable, the pure ridiculousness of it!
Joey Woolfardis
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.

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.

Lately: Mann's "Magic Mountain", Dosty's "Crime and Punishment", halfway through Joyce's "Wake", Knausgard's 5th volume of "My Struggle", and just started Volume 5 of Proust's massive work. Nesbo's intense "Redeemer". Just to name a few summer reads. I deserved a break: this children's book fit the bill. George mixes a cocktail for his grouchy grandma and things go wrong. This Dahl book really doesn't need any prose: the illustrations (of grandma's head popping through the roof of the house, for ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrns
Have just read this for the umpteenth time with this year’s class. They love the story and it’s easy to do a really creepy screechy voice for grandma!
Sophie Crane
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read this book you haven't lived. Every child should read this. Loved by boys and girls alike. Funny story about a young boy who has a grumpy, mean grandma who he invents a special medicine for her, which results in some fantastic results. Reading ability for a 7/8 year old depending on ability.
A_ bookbound _soul
3.5 stars!

Really enjoyed this but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is still my favourite.
Nov 25, 2012 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
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well. That was super weird. I mean, yeah, it's Roald Dahl but . . . wow. That was SUPER WEIRD. Hilarious, and with a rather abrupt ending, I got the feeling that this was a bedtime story he had told his kids and then written down, more so than any of his other books.
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