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Esio Trot Colour Edition [Paperback]

Roald Dahl
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Dec 24 2013
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot in glorious full colour! A lavish, large format full-colour edition of this funny, tender and poignant Roald Dahl story with coloured backgrounds on every page, illustrated by Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator. Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. He was educated in England before going to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. With the outbreak of World War II, he became an RAF fighter pilot. He began writing for adults at the close of the war, with the encouragement of C. S. Forester. His first children's book, James and the Giant Peach, was published in 1961 and each of his subsequent books became bestsellers. He is still the best selling children's writer of all time. Quentin Blake is one of Britain's most successful illustrators. His first drawings were published in Punch when he was sixteen. He has illustrated nearly three hundred books and he was Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator. He has won many awards including the Whitbread Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Besides being an illustrator he taught for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art and in 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate! Six years later he was awarded a CBE for services to children's literature and in 2013 he was knighted in the New Year's Honours - which means his full title is Sir Quentin Blake, although we can still all go on calling him Quentin as usual.

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This celebrated, splendidly matched author-illustrator team here present a 64-page love story that is equally sweet and silly. For years, Mr. Hoppy has leaned over his balcony rail to gaze longingly at Mrs. Silver, who lives one floor below him. But all of her attention and affection is showered upon her pet tortoise, Alfie. Although the creature seems content, his devoted owner is concerned because he has gained a mere three ounces in the 11 years she has owned him. When the distressed Mrs. Silver tells her neighbor that she will be his "slave for life" if he can find a way to make Alfie grow, the determined Mr. Hoppy devises an elaborate scheme to make her think the tortoise is growing. (Since tortoises, according to Mr. Hoppy, are backward creatures that "can only understand words that are written backwards," his exhortation to the pet begins "Esio Trot"--which is "tortoise" reversed.) It is a happy Hoppy who gets all the credit--and Mrs. Silver's hand. Adults and older children will appreciate Dahl's superior storytelling skills, and will chuckle at Blake's animated, cartoony drawings. But the book's length and subtle humor make it less suitable for beginning readers. All ages.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Grade 3-6-- What is this? A love story by Dahl? By the master of the malign, the nabob of the nasty, the king of the coarse, the baron of the body function? Can it truly be he? Well, in a word . . . yes--it can. And to those who still disbelieve, it's a sweetly insouciant love story at that. For years, old Mr. Hoppy has loved his neighbor, Mrs. Silver, a widow who, alas, only has eyes for her pet tortoise, Alfie. The details of how her wish that Alfie would grow a little faster inspires Mr. Hoppy to win the widow's heart will not be divulged here (but it has something to do with the fact that "Esio Trot" is "tortoise" spelled backward). There's not much room for character development in this slender story, but Blake's jauntily scribbled illustrations are--as always--the perfect comic complement and manage to give even Alfie a personality. --Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Esio Trot" is the story of a lonely old gentleman who finds the way to the heart of the middle-aged widow he had secretly adored for years. The lady could be seen tending to her beloved little turtle, for whom she had a little house on her balcony. Her one wish was to have the little critter "grow" a little bigger. Read how the old man "tricks" the woman into believing that her tiny tortoise had grown enormously through "magic". There is, of course, a wonderful happy ending. -- I can recommend this book especially for children who fear "lengthy reading" or who have difficulty focusing on a book for hours on end. The reading of "Esio Trot" can be completed in about an hour by most 8-10 year olds. If a child "breezes" through this book, then they are ready for such specialties as "Matilda" and "The BFG", both by the same author, Roald Dahl, and both deserving of 5 star ratings. You can never go wrong with ANY of Roald Dahl's books!
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2.0 out of 5 stars I just can't see it May 5 2002
I got this book in a boxed set of Roald Dahl's books. While I loved Matilda and *liked* The Witches, I found this book almost, well, comepletely stupid. Mr. Hoppy has loved his neigbor Ms. Silver for a very long time, but has never summond up the courage to tell her his feelings. One day while they were having a chat, Ms. Silver mentions that she worries about her much loved tortises size. So Mr.Silver comes up with a ridiculous plan to make it look the it had grown, then before you know it, they're married. I read this book in about twenty minutes, and i can never see how this can be depictied as a novel. The story was absolutely just plain stupid! This was written for younger audiences, I kept that in mind, but I dont think it's the kind of story children would like, there's no point to it! NOT reccomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Plot Feb. 15 2004
Secretly in love with Mrs. Silver is the desperately shy Mr. Hoppy. He adores her completely and believes he must do something to make her fall in love with him and tear apart some from her obsession with her beloved tortoise, Alfie. The two are neighbors in the apartment building and they rarely do anything more but have a small chat. Mrs. Silver is displeased because Alfie is small. She has heard of great, immense tortoises that people could ride on and she wishes Alfie would grow. So, thinking this as a chance to win over Mrs. Silver, Mr. Hoppy gives her a little special something to make Alfie grow. He has devised a wonderful plan to finally have the woman of his dreams.
Esio Trot was an exceptional book, and a short one. If you are looking for a quick read, this is the book to choose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Hoppy's Luck June 12 2002
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If you like short exciting stories you might want to read Esio Trot! My favorite charckter is Alfie. Alfie is a tortesio that Mrs. Silver likes. Mrs. Silver is a lady that Mr. Hoppy falls in love with. Mr. Hoppy is the man that lives right above Mrs. Silver. Mr. Hoppy wished that he could be Alfie because Mrs. Silver likes Alfie then Mr. Hoppy. Then Mrs. Silver started to say she wanted Alfie to start growing. Thats were Mr. Hoppy got his idea to buy 140 turtels and every day he would switch the tortioses every day right before Mrs. Silver comes home from work. The setting took place in the hotel but it was mostly in the hotel balcony. This book is fantasy because tortioses can't be that small. Here are other books by Raold Dahl The Withes and James and the Giant Peach.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Esio Trot May 15 2001
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Mr.Hoppy secretly loves Mrs.Silver,but doesn't want to tell her. She has all her love for a tortoise named Alfie. He's so small that Mrs.Silver wants him to grow bigger. Mr.Hoppy gives Mrs. Silver a scroll. The scroll has tortoise langage on it. Mrs.Silver says these words to Alfie mornings and nights. Mr.Hoppy has a secret plan. He is going to buy as many tortoises as he can. Every day when Mrs.Silver is at work, Mr.Hoppy switches Alfie with one of the tortoises he bought. Then Mrs.Silver wants Alfie to grow a bit smallerause he won't fit to his house. So Mr.Hoppy switches Alfie with a smaller tortoise. They find out that they love each other and they marry. I think this book was great.It is one of my favorite Roald Dahl books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Esio Trot June 12 2002
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Esio Trot's charckters are Alfie the tortiose, Mr. Hoppy the gardner who falls in love with Mrs. Silver and Mrs. silver loves Alfie then Mr. Hoppy. There is one problem Mrs Silver wants Alfie to grow bigger like ordinary tortiose. Thats were Mr. hoppy got his idea. His idea was to buy 140 tortiose that look like Alfie but differnt sive and weight. Then every day he would switch each tortiose before Mrs. Silver came home. The setting took place in a hotel and mostly on the hotel balcony. Roald Dahl also wrote these books BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, Georges Marvolus Medicine, Charley and the Chocolate Factory, Charley and the Glass Elevator and The Twits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Esio Trot May 15 2001
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Mr. Happy loved Mrs.Silver. Mrs. Silver wanted Alfie to grow but Alfie didn`t grow. If Mr. Hoppy could make Alfie grow, Mrs. Silver would be his slave for life. So Mr. Hoppy had a secret plan. He would make a grabber to switch Alfie with a bigger tortoise. Then Alfie got too big for his house so Mr. Hoppy put his plan in reverse. Then he asked Mrs. Silver to marry him. I thought this book was funny. The person who wrote Esio Trot is Roald Dahl.
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