Esio Trot

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Information on identifying editions is from Richard Walker’s “Roald Dahl – A Guide to Collecting His First Editions”.

  • First editions:
    • Jonathan Cape, 1990, UK.
      • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
      • To identify: Used a standard single statement (‘First published’ followed by the date with later printings stated underneath) and published with a jacket priced at £6.95.
    • Viking, 1990, USA.
      • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
      • To identify: Used a number line and published with a jacket priced at $14.95.
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Important note: From 2022 onwards, Puffin has edited selected Dahl books to remove sensitive language and insert new sentences not written by Dahl. If you would prefer to read the original text, ensure you get a copy published before 2022 or one of the “Classic Collection” published by Penguin.


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


Penguin Readers Covers

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. Simplified story texts are combined with beautiful original illustrations for students aged 7 and above.

Bulgarian Covers – Костенурке, костенурке

Catalan Covers – Agu Trot

Chinese Covers

Dutch Covers – Ieorg Idur

French Covers – Un amour de tortue

German Covers – Ottos Geheimnis

Greek Covers – ΑΝΩ ΛΕΧ

Korean Covers – 아북거, 아북거

Norwegian Covers – Eddap Liks

Russian Covers – Ахап Ереч

Slovakian Covers – Akčan Tyrok

Spanish Covers – Agu Trot

Swedish Covers – Naddap Dlöks

Turkish Covers – Kaplumbaga

Vietnamese Covers – Chú rùa Alfie

Welsh Covers – Nab Wrc