George's Marvelous Medicine

George's Marvelous Medicine


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142410356
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/16/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 27,604
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site:

Date of Birth:

September 13, 1916

Date of Death:

November 23, 1990

Place of Birth:

Llandaff, Wales, England

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

Read an Excerpt

“A magic medicine it shall be!”

George sat himself down at the table in the kitchen. He was shaking a little. Oh, how he hated Grandma! He really hated that horrid old witchy woman. And all of a sudden he had a tremendous urge to do something about her. Something whopping. Something absolutely terrific. A real shocker. A sort of explosion.

“I’m not going to be frightened by her,” he said softly to himself. But he was frightened. And that’s why he wanted suddenly to explode her away.

Well…not quite away. But he did want to shake the old woman up a bit.

Very well, then. What should it be, this whopping terrific exploding shocker for Grandma?

As George sat there pondering this interesting problem, his eye fell upon the bottle of Grandma’s brown medicine standing on the sideboard. Rotten stuff it seemed to be…and it didn’t do her the slightest bit of good. She was always just as horrid after she’d had it as she’d been before.

So-ho! thought George suddenly. I shall make her a new medicine, one that is so strong and so fierce and so fantastic it will either cure her completely or blow off the top of her head.

“Here we go, then!” cried George, jumping up from the table. “A magic medicine it shall be!”

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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Danny the Champion of the World

Dirty Beasts

The Enormous Crocodile

Esio Trot

Fantastic Mr. Fox

George’s Marvelous Medicine

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

Going Solo

James and the Giant Peach

The Magic Finger


The Minpins

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

The Twits

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

The Witches

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More


Roald Dahl

George’s Marvelous

illustrated by Quentin Blake




“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 into mischief.”

This was a silly thing to say to a small boy at any time. It immediately made him wonder what sort of mischief he might get into.

“And don’t forget to give Grandma her medicine at eleven o’clock,” the mother said. Then out she went, closing the back door behind her.

Grandma, who was dozing in her chair by the window, opened one wicked little eye and said, “Now you heard what your mother said, George. Don’t forget my medicine.”

“No, Grandma,” George said.

“And just try to behave yourself for once while she’s away.”

“Yes, Grandma,” George said.

George was bored to tears. He didn’t have a brother or a sister. His father was a farmer, and the farm they lived on was miles away from anywhere, so there were never any children to play with. He was tired of staring at pigs and hens and cows and sheep. He was especially tired of having to live in the same house as that grizzly old grunion of a grandma. Looking after her all by himself was hardly the most exciting way to spend a Saturday morning.

“You can make me a nice cup of tea for a start,” Grandma said to George. “That’ll keep you out of mischief for a few minutes.”

“Yes, Grandma,” George said.

George couldn’t help disliking Grandma. She was a selfish grumpy old woman. She had pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog’s bottom.

“How much sugar in your tea today, Grandma?” George asked her.

“One spoonful,” she said. “And no milk.”

Most grandmothers are lovely, kind, helpful old ladies, but not this one. She spent all day and every day sitting in her chair by the window, and she was always complaining, grousing, grouching, grumbling, griping about something or other. Never once, even on her best days, had she smiled at George and said, “Well, how are you this morning, George?” or, “Why don’t you and I have a game of Snakes and Ladders?” or, “How was school today?” She didn’t seem to care about other people, only about herself. She was a miserable old grouch.

George went into the kitchen and made Grandma a cup of tea with a teabag. He put one spoon of sugar in it and no milk. He stirred the sugar well and carried the cup into the living room.

Grandma sipped the tea. “It’s not sweet enough,” she said. “Put more sugar in.”

George took the cup back to the kitchen and added another spoonful of sugar. He stirred it again and carried it carefully in to Grandma.

“Where’s the saucer?” she said. “I won’t have a cup without a saucer.”

George fetched her a saucer.

Table of Contents

The Marvelous Plan
George Begins to Make the Medicine
Animal Pills
The Cook-up
Brown Paint
Grandma Gets the Medicine
The Brown Hen
The Pig, the Bullocks, the Sheep, the Pony and the Nanny Goat
A Crane for Grandma
Mr. Kranky's Great Idea
Marvelous Medicine Number Two
Marvelous Medicine Number Three
Marvelous Medicine Number Four
Goodbye, Grandma

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George's Marvelous Medicine 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book.It is very funny and hilarious.Also my mom like it.My favorite part was when the grandma said to George to not to grow and eat cabbage instead of chocolate.I enjoyed this book. By: A third grader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absoloutly LOVE this book. I still think it is unique, creative, and funny and I am ten. But like many, I have some concerns on the meaning. I am not sure I like the part encourging (did I spell that right?) Kids to use poisen and chemicals to make medison. FROM: A Roald Dahl lover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love George's marvelous medicene because it is funny. I love Roald Dahl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wanted to get revenge? That is what George does in George's Marvelous Medicine. He takes it to the next level and makes a digusting medicine and gives it to a family member. This book will keep you on your toes and you won't put it down. This is a perfect book for your book club, school class, or just alone. READ IT TODAY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
hahahahaha!!! i read this book in the 6th grade!!! it was awesome!!!! highly recomended!!!
Sassy_Seshat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
George's concoction should have killed grandma, but instead it has more surprising and hilarious jokes. Dahl's tales hardly turn out how we expect and going with it is where the fun lies.
cars27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
George's Marvelous Medcine is about a little boy called George Kranky and his mother and father go out, and George has to give his grandma her Medcine at 11:00.He looks at the bottle and thinks then his grandma asks for some tea so he makes her some tea but forgets the saucer and the spoon so bak he goes to the kitchen.He has an idea to give her a diffrent medcine and it is really funny.
Lauramatarau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Why did i pick it up: i usualy like to rad Roald Dahl books and this one was one i hadn't read yet. I think it was wone of the first ones i readWhy did i finish it: i was interested to see what was going to happen in the end and there was no boring parts, it flowed nicelyWho would i recommend this to: ages 9+, its good for young kids but ad
The_Hibernator on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
George¿s Marvelous Medicine is a Roald Dahl classic. It is cute and funny but not one of my favorites of Dahl¿s (I tend to prefer his books for older kids). I also got a little queasy at the idea of encouraging kids to mix household cleaners and motor oil together as a medicine. Most children will realize that it¿s just humor, but this book is written for a rather young audience and some kids may still be adventurous enough to try something similar themselves. In short, make sure you know what your kid is reading, and have pertinent discussions about truth and fantasy. In the unlikely scenario that you don¿t know anything about Roald Dahl: he has a dark (and gross) sense of humor. His books tend to be a bit silly plot-wise, but children just gobble them up. Dahl is a great writer for getting kids interested in reading. He has written a range of books for younger and older kids, and this book is for perhaps 6-8 year olds. If you don¿t mind a bit of gross yuckiness and a wide range of purposefully unlikable adult characters, Roald Dahl has written some great ones!
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When George Kranky is left alone with his vicious maternal grandmother, and he gets the notion in his head to poison her, things get a little weird. Wavering between wanting to kill her and wanting to just knock her socks off, he blends all manner of ingredients whose warning labels typically say ¿In case of accidental ingestion, contact the poison control center.¿ The end result, though, is his marvelous medicine, which, instead of killing his grandmother, gives her great height. When his parents notice that it also increases the size of the family¿s farm¿s livestock, George¿s father demands that George reproduce the wonderdrug. However, George is not a big pharmaceutical company with rigorous quality control and confguration management practices, so he spends the rest of the book trying to re-create his marvelous medicine.I found this book to be one I would hesitate reading to a child. While it has the strong message of ¿stay the heck out of the medicine cabinet,¿ it does nothing to counteract the message of ¿poison the elderly.¿ I¿d be too afraid of a child taking this book to heart, and getting a chemical cocktail for breakfast (or even worse, them creating chlorine gas by accident).I¿m sure the book can be read in good fun, but the general theme seems like one not best delivered to children, unless they¿re smart enough to realize that such a thing wouldn¿t happen. This book probably should have the poison control hotline¿s number printed on the back or something.As far as the prose itself goes, I found the story to be a bit dull and at times excessively dark. George is certainly no Charlie or James. In my mind, this goes up there with other misses by Dahl, which sad to say, has been roughly 50% of the books of his I¿ve read.
keatkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic, zany fantasy story from the incomparable Roald Dahl. Children will squeal with delight and groan with disgust as George raids every room in the farmhouse to create his crazy medicinal concoction for grandma. Quentin Blake's whimsical drawings are perfect, as always, but the real standout, is Dahl's use of language and how he skillfully deploys his trademark sequences of synonyms - not only to provide humour, but to extend and expand the reader's or listener's vocabulary. An all-time favorite for both children and adults. Makes a great read-aloud or Readers' Theatre production.
eboutin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The main character of the book is George and he tries to get rid of his grandma by making a medicine of everything he can find. This story is funny because he gets every thing he can and puts it in the medicine pot. You would like this story if you like funny books and weird ones too.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is something about Raold Dahl's books that are delightful, and yet sinister in an awkward kind of way. George's Marvelous Medicine is one of those works. Dahl's story contains a single child George acting in a mean spirited manner to a family member he doesn't like.Giving his nasty, selfish grandmother a brewing concoction of medicine, she grows to un-heavenly heights and then using marvelous medicine number four, George and his father shrink granny out of existence.Interestingly, dad helps to get rid of maternal granny while mommy looks on asking "Where is she?" "I've lost her!" "Hooray" says Mr. Kranky. Daddy teaches George that when people are grumpy and nasty spirited, you simply poison them.I don't particularly like the moral of the story.But, I will continue to read Dahl's books because some of them are so creative.
autumnreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What more can I say other than Roald Dahl is a writing genius! Again, Dahl delivers a fun, humorous and creative story spun with magic and wonder. If only I could tap into his writing muse and channel his creativity my way. The characters are fun, simple yet memorable. The descriptions are carefully crafted and consistent with Dahl's collection of colorful stories. This book is yet another example of how Dahl takes the time to include the simplest detail in which helps the reader to imagine the characters so alive and in color. This book is silly, gross, fun and simply wonderful! If you want to have some fun with kids, read this story.
soliloquies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite possibly my favourite Dahl book - he was such a genius at knowing just how children's (and adult's) minds work. Genuinely hilarious as George concocts a medicine to cure his repugnant Grandma of her grumpiness with unexpected results.
kellyholmes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite Dahl book, but still a cute, quirky read.
PuffyBear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting and filled with good humor. I would recommend this book to everybody both young and old. I like how Roald Dahl writes his stories and I also enjoy his variety of interesting word choice.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't think I would recommend this book to the youngsters for which it was written. George spends the day making a concoction of every conceivable substance in his home, intending to feed it to his grandmother and make her explode. The consequences are not as disastrous as they would be if one performed this stunt in real life, and are in fact rather, well, marvelous. My fear would be that kids would definitely try this at home, resulting in deceased pets, local wildlife, and possibly grandmothers.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favoirte of Roald Dahl's books. It is inventive, clever, with a slight hint of malice, which is what I love about Dahl's books. A very funny book that has the main characteristic of all Dahl's books that the children are brilliant and the adults all slightly dumb and daft. George's marvelous medicine is fun for all ages as most of Dahl's books are. Its also fun to read aloud if your teaching someone to read.
michcall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this story although it is actually twisted. It makes me wonder what was going on in Dahl's mind.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When George's horrible grandmother crosses the line, George makes a new medicine for her with everything from shampoo to flea powder to motor oil. When she takes the medicine, it has surprising and hilarious results. A great audiobook for family listening. The narrator does great voices, especially the grandma voice and Dahl's hilarious story will have the whole family giggling.
joannas433 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about George's marvelous madicine.He made a medicine but it make you tall and short and so on... This book is very fun to read.. I promise you that you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When my friend gave me the book i thought it was a joke but it ia truly amazing when i gave the sumary to him he had a mistuves smile so now i smell my food befor i eat it so i dont get posoned and i wush i had never given him the sumary o like all of his books and i read most of them for the read to the rythem program at my local library i want to read them all i have only read 2 books!