George’s Marvelous Medicine By: Roald Dahl

George’s Marvelous Medicine17707580
By: Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
Release date: 09-26-13
Publisher: Listening Library

Back to some more fun. It’s another Roald Dahl audiobook release. These are great short books that will keep you entertained, oh and maybe your kids as well. Dahl has a way with playful events and characters and this time is no different. This time an 8 year old gets revenge on his cranky grandmother. I do have one gripe with this book, but will save that for the end of this review.

First I have to start with the book’s narrator, Derek Jacobi. It was a surprise to get such a high caliber British classical actor to read the books. He must have had fun narrating this book, because it was so much fun listening to him. Great delivery on this. I’m not sure why, but I got a real kick hearing the British pronunciation of medicine. It is pronounced as a 2 syllable word – Med-sin.

So what’s going on in the book? While 8-year-old George’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kranky, are out running errands, George’s grandmother bosses him around and bullies him. So to get back at her he creates a medicine out of household (and garage) chemicals then when he gives it to her she grows so tall she bursts through the roof. She can’t believe George did this, so to prove it to her he gives the concoction to a chicken which grows 10 times its size. Having possibly discover a solution to solve world hunger the family has George repeat the process.

Here’s where the fun begins. George cannot remember exactly what he did before and experiments with all the chemicals to re-create the Medicine. His experiments turn out pretty funny. And eventually things come back to somewhat normality.

Now for my gripe. The book needs to come with a disclaimer stating kids should not drink household or garage chemicals. Other than worrying about the kids wanting to create George’s medicine, the book is a lot of fun.

Publisher’s Summary

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!

©2007 Roald Dahl (P)2007 Penguin Audio