I first read George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl as a child and now re-reading it, I love it as much now as I did then.
George’s Marvellous Medicine follows a day in the life of George – son of a farmer and therefore living in the middle of no-where – so there are no children to play with when he’s not at school.
Living with George and his parents is Grandma, who is no sweet and kind creature like most Grandma’s. She’s nasty, hateful and ungrateful. But if George’s mum needs to go shopping – well it’s George who has to look after her. The most important thing he needs to do is give her, her medicine at 11 o’clock sharp.
This gives George a fantastic idea – he’ll make Grandma a new medicine – one that will hopefully make her a much nicer person.
This is quite a short book, the events covering only one day but that day is after all – quite eventful! The best thing about this book and the thing I enjoyed most as a child was the list in ingredients that goes into the medicine. Everything from shampoo to car wax – products from every part of the house poured, scooped and melted into a huge pan of marvellous medicine.
It’s not Roald Dahl’s best book of course – this one is aimed at much younger readers, but it is a great book and captures ones curiosity. Perfect for kids (and adults!).