Mar 23

2017 Epic Reads: Roald Dahl


As you know, the new year brought a new reading challenge for me. The plan is to read my way around Europe with a selection of YA novels.



The goal of the 2017 Epic Read project is twofold: a tour of Europe, before Little Englanders try to uproot the country and sail off into some imagined Utopia, and read more children’s books. My previous book was read for the first aim. Here I review a book devoted to my second goal.


I decided to read something from the boys’ shelves, ahead of my next visit to Norwich library. I chose George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. I do not recall reading Roald Dahl in my childhood, but his script for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had a lasting impression. So, I felt it was time to correct my lack of Dahl, and read this short book. The Penguin website describes it as follows:


George 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.
*WARNING: Do not try to make George’s Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It could be dangerous.


Read more at Penguin.


I liked George’s Marvellous Medicine, but it did not make me want to search out any more of Dahl’s books. The Granny is wonderfully grumpy, and doubtless resonates with children. The plot is whimsical, yet I had expected more. Maybe I should read a longer book by Dahl to better appreciate his style.



Where next?

This was a very short book, so I need something else to carry me over until I visit the library at the weekend. As a treat, I am now reading one of the many sequels to the brilliant Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. As Ender is still a teen in this book, I guess it counts as YA of sorts.



Happy Reading



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