Friday, April 17, 2015

Review: George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl


SUMMARY FROM AMAZON:
A taste of her own medicine.
George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma's in for the surprise of her life—and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture!

MY TAKE:
I picked up this book mainly because I had a good feeling about this based on the cover.

In George's Marvelous Medicine, George's grandmother is a mean person. One day, while alone with his grandmother, George decides to create a concoction that will make his grandmother a more pleasant person. His experiment, however, results in something even remarkable.

 It's so nice when you pick up a book you think you will like and it doesn't disappoint you. George's Marvelous Medicine was definitely entertaining.

George's grandmother is a rude, bossy person, and right away, I disliked her and cheered for George. George's idea of creating a new medicine for his grandmother was cute, although the way he went about it was not something I'd be happy about if I was his mother. I actually liked his mother. She was the voice of reason in their household. George's father, on the other hand, was sort of greedy and nutty, so I wasn't a fan.

What I really liked a lot about this book was how it was absurd, funny and magical, but it starts from a realistic point so it's easier for kids to think that this could be possible. Hopefully, they don't imitate George, though, because his method and ingredients are definitely not safe.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's a funny, light read.
  2. Kids will be able to relate to George combining numerous ingredients to create a potion of some sort.
  3. The ending is happy. 

THE BAD:

  1.  Some kids may try to imitate George.

READ IT IF:

  1. Your kid likes mixing random ingredients together.
  2. Your kid likes silly books that stem from a believable point.
  3. Your kid likes to experiment.

RATING:
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