Roald Dahl

Esio Trot

Sections: Information | Description | Awards | Fun Stuff | Teacher Ideas | Covers | Catalan, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, SwedishVietnamese, and Welsh Covers


  • First editions:
    • Viking, 1990, USA.
    • Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1990, Great Britain.
  • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
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An ancient spell, 140 tortoises, and a little bit of magic…

Mr. Hoppy is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver; but she is in love with someone else—Alfie, her pet tortoise. With all her attention focused on Alfie, Mrs. Silver doesn’t even know Mr. Hoppy is alive. And Mr. Hoppy is too shy to even ask Mrs. Silver over for tea. Then one day Mr. Hoppy comes up with a brilliant idea to get Mrs. Silver’s attention. If Mr. Hoppy’s plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. After all, everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through her tortoise.


  • Smarties Award (1990)

Fun Stuff

Esio Trot Quiz


Teacher Ideas


Catalan Covers – Agu Trot

Chinese Covers

French Covers – Un amour de tortue

Russian Covers – Ахап Ереч

Spanish Covers – Agu Trot

Swedish Covers – Naddap Dlöks

Vietnamese Covers – Chú rùa Alfie

Welsh Covers – Nab Wrc