Friday, 5 November 2010

7+: Esio Trot - Roald Dahl

Release Date: 02/09/10


Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor, harbours a secret passion for his neighbour, the lovely Mrs Silver. Unfortunately, she lavishes all her affection on another...Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr Hoppy's wildly ingenious plot to defeat his rival and win the love of his lady will delight and amaze, involving as it does a cryptic riddle and no fewer than a hundred and forty tortoises, large and small.


Another re-release in hardback from the perennial children’s favourite, where, in this offering, love conquers all. It’s beautifully creative, has some magical moments and with the indomitable artwork by Quentin Blake, you know that it’s definitely a title to treasure.

My only complaint with this book is that it seems a bit short weighing in at a low 60 pages for the price. Whilst Dahl fans will still love this book and want to add it to their collection I do feel a little cheated at its low number and felt that it might have made a nice addition to another tale by the author as a bonus book so to speak which would have felt fairer. Still a great addition to any child’s library and one that will definitely entertain.

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