Monday, April 6, 2009
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Roald Dahl is probably the master for getting children to laugh out loud. This story creates laughter through the explanation of how a man tricks a woman into thinking her turtle is growing larger. He has her speak in “turtle” language, which is really just English backwards. He wants to get to know this woman better because he loves her but she only loves her turtle. Mr. Hoppy goes to the pet store and buys many turtles and then devises a way to pluck his love’s turtle from the balcony below. He has her say the magic words to her turtle and the next day the turtle is larger because her turtle has been replaced by a turtle from the pet store. In the end they find true love and all because of a turtle. This is a simple read for children who are just beginning to read chapter books and while it is not technically a chapter book it is a longer story. The illustrations are quite amusing and add to the humor in the story.