"I do actually happen to know how to make tortoises grow faster, if that's really what you want."
So excited to be a part of this blog tour for an author I adore, and a HUGE thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy of ESIO TROT!
Esio Trot is the story of Mr. Hoppy, a lonely bachelor who is smitten with his neighbor from the apartment below his, a widow named Mrs. Silver. The love of Mrs. Silver's life is Alfie- her tiny tortoise. Alfie is so small that Mrs. Silver is severely concerned about him being, in fact, too small! So Mr. Hoppy concocts a scheme to not only make Mrs. Silver think that Alfie is growing bigger and bigger, but to make her fall in love with him.
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I have love, love, loved Roald Dahl's books as long as I've been able to read. They were a staple growing up, but somehow Esio Trot slipped through the cracks and I didn't read it until now. It did not disappoint. It had all the things that I've come to expect from and love about Dahl's books- witty humor, convoluted scheming, eye-catching illustrations, and a special kind of magic unique to Dahl. I got a little worried for Alfie towards the end and was afraid I would be disappointed, but the story wrapped up wonderfully and I put it down feeling quite happy with it. I did feel my hackles raise at one sentence, where Mr. Hoppy gets excited about Mrs. Silver saying she would be his "slave for life" if he could make Alfie grow. I would have preferred better phrasing there. But overall, that one line didn't make or break the book for me. I really quite enjoyed reading Esio Trot, it was very nostalgic. I wish I had read this one as a child! Fun fact: I didn't realize the words Esio Trot were tortoise spelled backwards until half-way through reading the book.
About the author:
Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.
Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.
Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film. Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.
The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.
On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90thbirthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.