George’s Marvelous Medicine

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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 Ltd., 1981, 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 £3.95.
    • Alfred Knopf, 1982, USA.
      • Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
      • To identify: Used a number line and published with a jacket priced at $7.95.
  • Also known as: George’s Marvellous Medicine (alternative spelling in UK)
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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!

Fun Stuff

George’s Marvelous Medicine 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 – Невероятното лекарство на Джордж

Catalan Covers – La meravellosa medecina d’en Jordi

Czech Covers – Jirkova zázračná medicína

Dutch Covers – Joris en de geheimzinnige toverdrank

Estonian Covers – George’i Imeline Arstirohi

French Covers – La potion magique de Georges bouillon

German Covers – Das Wundermittel


Italian Covers – La magica medicina

Korean Covers – 조지, 마법의 약을 만들다

Lithuanian Covers – Stebuklingieji Džordžo vaistai

Norwegian Covers – Georgs magiske medisin

Polish Covers – Cudowne lekarstwo George’a

Russian Covers – Волшебное лекарство Джорджа

Scots Covers – Geordie’s Mingin Medicine

Slovakian Covers – Jurov zázračný liek

Slovenian Covers – Jurijevo čarobno zdravilo

Spanish Covers – La maravillosa medicina de Jorge

Vietnamese Covers – Thần dược của George

Welsh Covers – Moddion Rhyfeddol George