Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

Esio Trot: Dahl, Roald, Blake, Quentin: 9780142413821: Books

Title: Esio Trot
Author: Roald Dahl
Rating Out of 5: 3 (On the fence about this one)
My Bookshelves: Children’s, Easy reading
Dates read: 21st January 2021
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Puffin
Year: 1990
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘Mrs Silver caught the paper and held it up in front of her.

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‘I do actually happen to know how to make tortoises grow faster, it that’s really what you want.’


This was funny, quirky and seriously quick to read. It doesn’t even really count as a novel, since it’s only 50 pages. And most of those are covered in pictures…

I must say, I really don’t condone the way that Mr. Hopper gets his way in this story. After all, he is literally stealing a pet to con the woman he loves. But, it is quite funny. And clever. And just all round ingenious. Pus, there is a happy ending for the tortoise that started the whole damn story anyway. So all is not lost…

I laughed out loud throughout this very short read. And, if anyone has a copy of this lying around… I most definitely suggest reading it. After all, there is nothing better than having a short read and laugh when life is getting a little too serious. No matter how old you are.

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