#34 Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

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

Paperback | 56 pages

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK (2016, as part of a set of 15 books)

Read: 29th April

I have not read this Roald Dahl book before, but I did watch the BBC adaptation of it, and that must count for something right? Anyway, I have high hopes for this.

Very easy. Easier than watching a tortoise grow!!

It is sweet how shy Mr Hoppy is and what devotion he holds for Mrs Silver. I know it is supposed to be a sweet story about a shy man and a widow desperate for her tortoise to grow, but me with my adult brain (or maybe just a weird brain), couldn’t help thinking that it was kind of creepy how he lied to Mrs Silver, married her and still didn’t come clean about what he did?!?! Maybe that’s just me.

I didn’t really have to imagine much, Blake’s illustrations took care of that very well!

Despite what thoughts my adult brain conjured up, it was still a heartwarming read. Also, side note, the book originally came out the year I was born which made me feel both nostalgic and old!

I’ve got to say, I didn’t enjoy this as much as I have done with some other books that I’ve revisited. I understood the sweetness of the story, I think my tolerance of the MASSIVE lie told just bothered me more as an adult than it did as a kid. I’m probably alone in my opinion. I mean, it’s hard to find fault in a 56 page book and I feel almost offended that I found it!!

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