Retro Friday is a feature/meme hosted by Angieville where you review an older or lesser known book. It’s pretty awesome and breaks up the publicity machine reviews.
Unabashed Roald Dahl fan girl in the house WHOOP WHOOP. I think with the twice yearly Dewey Readathons and all of the other readathons I participate in, I will end up re-reading all of Dahl’s books in no time, as I’ve started a personal tradition where I try to read at least one Dahl book per readathon. Friend, Esio Trot is the PERFECT 24 Hour Readathon book. It’s a quick read by an author I love, and it literally took me 20 minutes to read thus causing a huge sense of accomplishment and motivation.
The plot of the Esio Trot novella is that Mr. Hoppy is madly in love with Mrs. Silver, his next door neighbor. Of course you guys this is a CHILDREN’S BOOK so there are no sexytimes, because kids don’t like that stuff. But I digress. Mrs. Silver is weirdly obsessed with her pet tortoise Alfie. So anyways, one day Mr. Hoppy grows some balls and decides to talk to Mrs. Silver. She then laments about how Alfie is way too small. Then Mr. Hoppy is all ‘I can fix that, bro’ and gives her a magic spell meanwhile he buys 140 tortoises to make the spell work.
You guys, Esio Trot isn’t my favorite Dahl book, but it’s still fun. I love the levels that Mr. Hoppy goes to in order to catch Mrs. Silver’s attention. I mean, for a love story aimed at kids about adults, this book rocks. Seriously. And the ending is AWESOME. AND AND AND there are charming illustrations as per usual by Quentin Blake.
Friends, this is basic Roald Dahl and a must read for any fan of this titan of children’s literature.
BONUS: My copy was a used copy and when I opened it up for the readathon, I found all these awesome bookmarks inside. YAY!
Disclosure: I purchased my copy.