“Esio Trot” by Roald Dahl

The story of Mr. Hoppy, head-over-heels in love with his neighbour, Mrs. Silver, whom he tries to impress and win her love by pretending he knows the way to make the turtoise she dots on grow.

A very short novel of only 57 pages, with the unmistakable Quentin Blake illustrations on every page. I read it to my almost seven-year-old to introduce her to the Roald Dahl world. So far,  she had not really hooked to his books as his most famous novels usually are much longer and she loses interest along the way.

My daughter simply says she enjoyed the whole book! I could tell from the look in her eyes it had completely captured her interest.  The story grabbed her and she was eager to discover what was coming next.

As a mum, I loved Roald Dahl’s skillful use of the English language, the original plot, Blake’s sketches and the fact it was a short story.

An excellent book to get your children familiar with Dahl’s magical world.

Roald Dahl’s work has been translated into many languages, including Spanish.

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