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George's Marvellous Medicine

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George creates a very special medicine to cure his grandma of her nasty habits.

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Dimensions (cm) :19.7 (H) x 12.7 (W) x 0.6 – 1.7 (D) x 0.21kg
ISBN :9780141322735
Author :Roald Dahl
Publisher :Penguin Books
Type :Paperback

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George Henry Kranky is an 8 year-old boy who lives on a farm with his mother, father and grandmother. He is fed up with his Grandma's selfishness, grumpiness and her attitude towards him, especially after he becomes frightened by her dark secrets. George seeks to cure it by brewing a very special medicine to cure her. He makes the product by collecting many harmful products throughout the house along with some animal pills, then he puts them in a giant saucepan, boils them and gives a spoonful to Grandma, only to end up making her taller than a house.

George tries out the medicine on a brown hen in the yard, and it makes her big and fat. Moments later, George's mother and father Mr. Killy Kranky return home, and they are both astounded by these events. Mr. Kranky is excited by the sight of the giant hen, and exclaims that he had been wanting to make giant animals for giant food. Together, George and his father enjoy sampling the medicine to most of the farm animals (pigs, cows, sheep, George's pony Jack Frost and Alma the nanny-goat), which makes them giant animals. However, Mrs. Kranky starts worrying about Grandma, and eventually, the Crane Company hoist her down.

Once back on the ground, Grandma excitedly hops around the farm, but is forced to sleep in the barn that night since she is too tall to go back inside the house. The next day, Mr. Kranky announces that they will continue making the medicine so it can be sold to other farms. Unfortunately, George cannot remember the exact ingredients he had used the day before. After several failed attempts (resulting in a potion that extends a chicken's legs, a potion that extends a chicken's neck, and a potion that makes the chicken shrink), Grandma strolls over to the family and demands for her cup of tea. Then she notices the cup of medicine in George's hand, and, mistaking it for tea, snatches it from him. She drinks it down, and shrinks into nothing. Mrs. Kranky is devastated at first, but soon agrees with her husband about her absence removing a nuisance from their lives. George then discovers that for two long days he had touched with his fingertips the edge of another world.


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George's Marvellous Medicine

George's Marvellous Medicine

George creates a very special medicine to cure his grandma of her nasty habits.

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