Wednesday, February 23, 2011

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Book:  George's Marvelous Medicine 

Author:  Roald Dahl 

Grade:  B+ 

Recommended To: Children, Nostalgic Adults, Sick People. 

When I was a child, I didn't go anywhere without a book.  I'm only 25, but I'm old enough so that portable DVD players, handheld games and cell phones with computers didn't exist when I was a kid.  So, every time we went somewhere in the car - we didn't grab a toy - we grabbed a book.

I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't read.  Of course, I didn't read as a baby, but as soon as I was able to form words my parents coaxed out my eventual obsession with books.   I can't remember my parents ever saying no to a book - even though I was told no over useless toys all the time.

As I look back there are books that stand out that shaped the reader that I am today, and Roald Dahl certainly had an enormous influence on my childhood.  I think I've read every single one of his books and so today's post is dedicated to that fabulous writer.

George's Marvelous Medicine was incredible because this little kid creates this potion out of common household ingredients and then feeds the "medication" to his crochety old grandmother in hopes that it will "cure" her.  If you haven't read this, then you must!

My all time favorite story by Dahl, that I've read countless times, is called The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar.  I think it is one of his lesser known short stories and comes bound with 6 others, but it tells the story of a man who learns to see without his eyes and then uses that gift to take all of the casinos in the world.

Do you have a favorite children's book?  One that when you think about your childhood you recall with a smile?  Or, one that you are definitely passing down to your own children?

Happy Reading!!

1 comment:

  1. ROALD DAHL Wrote so many other wonderful stories, my favorites were the BFG Big Friendly Giant and The Vicar of Nibbleswick.