ESIO TROT by Roald Dahl

ESIO TROT

KIRKUS REVIEW

Enamored of Mrs. Silver, who tends her adored turtle, Alfie, on the balcony beneath the one attached to his own fiat, shy old Mr. Hoppy finds a unique way to woo her: he comes up with a "magic" spell (an ordinary message spelled backwards) that he claims will make Alfie grow as she desires, then makes it appear efficacious by a laborious scheme of replacing Alfie with other turtles in graduated sizes. It works; they marry; and the original Alfie is among those who live happily ever after--but in a new home. This rather tame offering is far less wicked, and less funny, than most of Dahl's books; even Blake's deftly penned illustrations are less amusing than his best work. An acceptable book for younger readers.
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1990
ISBN: 0-670-83451-3
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2000




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