A book review: George’s Marvellous Medicine

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TITLE: George’s Marvellous Medicine

AUTHOR: Roald Dahl



When George is left alone with his grumpy grandma one Saturday morning he is given the task of administering her medicine. Just like every time that they are left alone his grandma is awful to him, so this time George decides to exact some revenge. He concocts his own special ‘medicine’ for grandma which of course leads to many unexpected and mind-blowing results.

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This is a reread. In fact, it’s one of multiple rereads. I love this book! I’m a huge Roald Dahl fan, (which you will know if you’re not new here) and this book is in my top three of his. It’s fun, packed with humour, and short in length, so as usual I got through it in one sitting.

George’s Marvellous Medicine makes me smile every time that I read it. For me, it never gets old to join him on his journey of mixing all manner of ingredients that he finds around the house with the aim of creating a disgusting ‘medicine’ for his horrible grandmother. She’s an awful character, and I must admit I feel no pity for her!

The story is fast paced and it takes little time to get to the heart of the action. This makes the book a quick and hugely enjoyable read.

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I have always thought that Dahl’s literature perfectly bridges the gap between child and adult, and this title is no exception. I feel like readers of all ages will find entertainment within this one and I therefore can’t recommend it enough!

Not just one of my favourite Dahl books, this is one of my favourite books full stop. It’s fun and silly but still has the underlining moral that is familiar with Roald Dahl stories. As I said, I have read this book countless times and I love it each time without fail.

I suppose it is only fair to touch upon the subject matter and highlight that of course in essence George is on a mission to poison his grandmother. Whilst I appreciate that this can be looked at in a negative manner I choose not to. Why? Well because, in my opinion, this is simply designed to be a quick entertaining read and not a suggestion to behave badly. I’m sure there are many that disagree with me, and perhaps I am somewhat biased with Dahl being a favourite of mine, but there is of course the argument that it teaches children not to mess around with household items because they can have severe consequences.

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Overall, I just adore this story. It’s a book that I go back to time and time again when I fancy reading something that I can get through in one evening. It never fails to send me off to sleep with a smile.


Have you read George’s Marvellous Medicine? What did you think about it? If you haven’t read it do you think that you will? As always I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Until the next time…Jess x

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