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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Colour ed edition (Dec 24 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141348674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141348674
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.5 x 26.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,022,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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My son (8) and I (the Mom) reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. You can visit our website for the full reviews.

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The book is about a man who lives in an apartment who is very lonely but under him, there’s one person he secretly loves but he won’t tell anybody. That person (Mrs. Silver) gives all her love to her pet tortoise, Alfie. Mrs. Silver thinks that Alfie is not growing fast enough and he’s too small. So, one day, Mr. Hoppy tells Mrs. Silver about a secret spell to help Alfie grow. Then, he invents the tortoise catcher, goes to a pet shop and buys 140 tortoises and then every few days, he switches a tortoise for a bigger one so it looks like Alfie is growing. Then, Mrs. Silver is happy and they get married.

I think the pictures were really funny and cool. I really liked the one with Mr. Hoppy and all the tortoises in his living room. I liked the spell because it’s really cool how it works, but I can’t tell you how. I liked how he went to buy tortoises so he could switch them every few days. He was sneaking around and it was funny. I thought it was really good, cool, and funny. It was one of my favorite books by Roald Dahl. I would give it 5 stars. I think that a lot of people might like this book but some might not. Some grown-ups might like it – my Mom did!

MOM SAYS:

Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake have created a unique and memorable story in Esio Trot. If you are already a fan of Dahl’s children’s books, I’m sure you will also enjoy Esio Trot! It is a great choice for reading aloud or for independent readers who are not quite ready for middle grade tomes such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Ages 5 to 10.

* This book was purchased as a Christmas gift for my son. All opinions expressed are our own. *
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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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Esio Trot ('tortoise' spelled backwards) by Roald Dahl is an enjoyable book that is aimed for children and is extremely short. However, I wonder if it is truly aimed for children since it teaches some bad lessons, such as to get what you want, you must deceive others. Esio Trot is an educational book that teaches children about widows, retirement, and tortoises. This is Roald Dahl's better novels.

Esio Trot is about Mr. Hoppy, who is in love with Mrs. Silver, a widow who lives in the apartment right underneath his. They often speak to each other since Mr. Hoppy's balcony is right above her balcony. Mr. Hoppy, a retired man, is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, even though he is in love with her. He notices that all of Mrs. Silver's love is given to a small tortoise named Alfie.

Opportunity strikes unexpectedly one day to bring the two closer together. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, then he believes that Mrs. Silver will definitely fall in love with him.
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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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By Kristen P. Hintz on Feb. 15 2004
Format: Paperback
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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