George's Marvellous Medicine

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Heinemann Educational, 1981 - Grandmothers - 95 pages
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A Taste of her own medicine George's grumpy grandma needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her grouchiness. A special medicine, a remedy for everything. George knows just what to put in it, and he's in for the surprise of his life when he sees the results of his mixture.

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User Review  - SueinCyprus - LibraryThing

The story is about eight-year-old George, who is left at home with his unpleasant grandmother while his mother goes shopping. Dahl acknowledges that most Grandmas are nice people, but this one is one ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

So Grandma is disabled and suffers from dwarfism and chronic pain. She scares George and he sets out to poison her. A deeply subversive novel that encourages children to play around with chemicals under the sink and perform experiments on animals. Great stuff. Read full review

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About the author (1981)

Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946). Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details. Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, The BFG was made into a movie in July 2017, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

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