George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl

‘”I’m going shopping in the village,” George’s mother said to George on Saturday morning. “So be a good boy and don’t get up to any mischief”
This was a silly thing to say to a little boy at any time. It made him immediately wonder what sort of mischief he could get into.’

22.40 - Georges marvellous medicine - book that is also a play or musicalGeorge Kranky’s Grandma is a miserable grouch. George really hates that horrid old witchy woman.
One Saturday morning, George is in charge of giving Grandma her medicine.
So-ho! Ah-ha! Ho-hum! George knows exactly what to do.
A magic medicine* it will be. One that will either cure her completely . . . or blow off the top of her head.


What I thought:

I’d forgotten just how funny this book is. There were no laugh out loud moments but there were definitely moments where I stopped and smiled. Grandma is a truly awful woman but George’s reasoning for the different things that he puts in his medicine is inspired. From animal medicine to shampoo and to floor polish George throws everything he can in and then finishes off with brown paint to make it the right colour. His logic is irrefutable even if it is clearly wrong; why shouldn’t Grandma’s insides be cleaned and polished? And if the medicine is good for horses with sore throats then it should be good for Grandmas with the same condition.

I love George’s fathers reaction to discovering the ‘Marvellous Medicine’ has made Grandma become a giant, he makes sure that they feed it to all of the animals on the farm so they can get more money and then tries to replicate it so they can sell it. Whilst his mother only puts up weak arguments for why they should care more about fixing Grandma (her mother).

The whole book is a farce but it’s a fun one.

Why I read it

For obvious reasons this didn’t take me that long to read, after finishing ‘The Ancient Track’, I wanted something completely different and fun and so turned to my large Roald Dahl pile. I’ve not properly read any Dahl for ages but he was one of my favourite writers as a kid and I’m running a residential with a Roald Dahl theme next month so have read a lot of his stuff recently (expect them to start turning up a lot for the next month or so.) This one just happened to be at the top of the pile when I went to go pick what to read next.

Final Thoughts:

This is a fun story to read as an adult but I remember properly laughing at it as a kid when I read it the first time. Reading it again was a pure delight and reignited my love for Dahl. (Like I said, expect to see more soon)


Popsugar: Book that is also a play/musical, borrowed/given as a gift,

Read Harder: One sitting


As always please let me know what you think of the book, but especially what your memories are of reading it as a kid.

Ta Ta



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