George's Marvelous Medicine

Written by Roald Dahl

Reviewed by Charlie H. (age 9)

In George's Marvelous Medicine, a boy named George is often with his very grouchy grandmother in his house. She tells George about magic things, such as people with tongues of fire, sparks in their bellies, and wizardry in their fingertips. She gives George the creeps! So he decides to make something marvelous to give his grandmother to fix her up. He uses lots of things like shampoo, toothpaste, and animal medicine. The author makes you guess what George will see when he gives his grandmother the medicine.

My favorite part is when George gives his grandmother the medicine. It is very funny after she drinks it. She will never be the same.

I liked this book a lot. I like all the funny parts. I like the way they're spread out. I also like the details. Instead of saying that George put lots of stuff in his mixture, it says, "The first bottle he took down contained an orange colored powder. The label said, For chickens with foul pest, hen gripe, sore beaks, gammy legs, cockerelitis, egg trouble, broodiness or loss of feathers?" Roald Dahl writes something similar to this for almost every item George puts in, so you can tell he puts a lot of work into it.

My favorite character is George. I think he is funny, creative, young, and smart. I like the little jokes he makes about the medicine he puts in his mixture.

I recommend this book for people who like fiction. People who like funny books will like it too. People from second grade to sixth grade will like it. I think the part where George gives the medicine to his grandmother will interest readers. I think you should read this book.

Charlie H. is a student in Mrs. Giammusso's 3rd Grade Class
2002-2003