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George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
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really liked it
bookshelves: 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 inclined to worry that children would take it as a life lesson. Unless you think your kid wants you dead; in that case, yeah, I wouldn't give him or her this book. You should maybe also not leave your 8-year-old home alone to cook for and medicate invalids, except in case of emergency (note: shopping does not qualify as an emergency).

But all's well that ends well, I guess. Unless you're Granny.
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January 16, 2009 – Shelved
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November 27, 2012 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Jubilation Lee (new)

Jubilation Lee Yeah, I think most Dahl books have "Don't let your kids do this" life lessons, although the kids themselves usually rock it out just fine....

message 2: by Mir (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mir Adults and kids are mortal enemies! Sometimes, anyway. I think that's why Dahl's books get challenged so often.

message 3: by Paquita Maria (new)

Paquita Maria Sanchez Oh my, I don't think I ever read this one!


message 4: by Mir (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mir It's one of the shorter and easier ones, like The Magic Finger. Definitely at a lower reading level than his better-known works.

message 5: by Nandakishore (new)

Nandakishore Varma I'm a hard-core fan of Dahl. The subversive child to the end. Touches a chord within me!

message 6: by Mir (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mir Have you read much of his adult writing?

message 7: by Nandakishore (new)

Nandakishore Varma Miriam wrote: "Have you read much of his adult writing?"

Almost all of the stories, I think. Sadly, I've not read his children's books. :(

message 8: by Mir (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mir Never too late!

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