Esio Trot

Esio Trot


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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG

Mr. Hoppy is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver; but she is in love with someone else—Alfie, her pet tortoise. With all her attention focused on Alfie, Mrs. Silver doesn’t even know Mr. Hoppy is alive. And Mr. Hoppy is too shy to even ask Mrs. Silver over for tea. Then one day Mr. Hoppy comes up with a brilliant idea to get Mrs. Silver's attention. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. After all, everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through her tortoise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142413821
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/22/2009
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 187,025
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller. Find out more at

Date of Birth:

September 13, 1916

Date of Death:

November 23, 1990

Place of Birth:

Llandaff, Wales, England

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

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Esio Trot 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Esio Trot is a well written love story for the appropriate age. It's cute and charming. I enjoyed this delightful tale of Mr. Hoppy winning Mrs. Silver's heart by helping her with her turtle dilemna. This story doesn't own any of the writer's dark humor. It's light-fare and quite entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it the frist time i read it, and my image of the book hasn't faded, basic story but not one you my cry over the ending, but smile to mr.hoppy's celverness. truthfuly not the best book i'ved read, but good if you want to past the time with a short tale. Roald Dalh was an awsome writer who showed children of all ages into the door of reading. I was about five when i heard my frist story by him, im 15 now and i still remmber his storys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, and BY FAR, worst of all, on page 21, Mrs. Silver says that she will be Mr. Hoppy's 'slave for life' if he can make Alphie bigger. Mr. Hoppy repeats this over and over and is thrilled and motivated to perform his scheme when he hears this. Its awful because no woman and no person, even, should be a slave to anyone. It also stresses debt and obligation that one person has towards someone else, which is fufilled at the end when she enters into a marriage with this guy. Which brings me to my second point, Mrs. Silver didn't even know Mr. Hoppy and accepts his proposal. This is unrealistic and doesn't teach kids anything real life. Prior to that, too, Mr. Hoppy loves this woman and doesn't know anything about her. In reality, this kinds of infatuation and scheming is actually more scary than anything else. It actually sets a bad example for kids about the progression of real life relationships. And what is love? This book does nothing to expose kids to the true nature of love; Dahl equates love with infatuation. Its also a shame how the female protagonist is portrayed. Mrs. Silver is painted as really gullible (she believes Mr. Hoppy and his spells and offers her life away as property for him because of it). She's also so stupid that she doesn't even notice that the tortoise she loves she much is growing. Also, keeping the 140 turtles piled on top of one another eating 'thick old cabbage leaves' isn't good for the tortoises and doesn't teach kids anything about proper care and respect towards animals. The fact that Mr. Hoppy returns the tortoises to the pet shops doesn't say much for responsibility towards one's pets either. Mr. Hoppy is actually a really sketchy character who fits the profile of a stalker: he's got nothing in his own life (and no furniture), he spies on Mrs. Silver, he knows what hours she works, etc. I was so surprised that Mr. Hoppy gets away with his scheme. They live happily ever after with this lie between them, and it shows kids that he can keep with secret from the woman he loves and still be happy (he is not punished for his wrongdoing, but instead rewarded). I waited to the end to be surprised by Dahl because I was hoping Mr. Hoppy would fess up with Mrs. Silver about his life, but, nope, didn't happen. All in all, I was very disappointed, and I don't think this book is good for children. It was a sad waste of 15 minutes of my life, and then this took another 15+ minutes to write, but the complaints needed to aired...
annaread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good story about a man who loves a women but doesn't have the courage to ask for her hand in marriage. He finally has the courage to ask her-but not before a complicated plot involving the women's tortoise, which is the object of her affection.
CrystalRushton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Esio Trot is the story of an old man who lives in an apartment and falls in love with his neighbor living below him. Everyday the old man would watch the woman from his balcony feed and pet her pet turtle. The man spends every day wishing he could marry the woman, but is too shy to talk to her. One day, the man finally asks the lady how her turtle is doing, and she responds that she is worried because her turtle is not growing. The man thinks on his feet and lies to the women by telling her he knows a magical poem that will make the turtle grow. The old man teaches the lady the magical poem, but of course it is not magical at all. Instead, the old man goes to the pet store everyday and buys a turtle slightly larger than the one before and trades it for the one she has. It is easy for the reader to see that this cannot last forever.This book is one of Roald Dahl¿s interesting and eccentric stories that will be a classic for years to come. I would recommend this book for upper elementary students, especially children that like a bit of humor.
6h.library on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Esio Trot is a creative book written by the fabulous and talented author, Roald Dahl. Esio Trot is a book about an old man called Mr Hoppy who is in love with a young middle aged women called Mrs Silver. Esio Trot contains many riddles that are funny. i recommend this book for chldren aged 8-12.
mcprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book written about Roald Dahl. The main character in the book is in love with the lady that lives below him. The lady that lives below has a turtle that she worries is about. So the man decides to do something about it, which he ends up with a few turtles in this apartment in order to help the woman out.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very short story by the master of quirky humor for children, this tale is a love story about a man, a woman, and a tortoise. Poor Mr. Hoppy is in love with his downstairs neighbor, but she only has eyes for her pet turtle. To win her heart, he promises that he can help her turtle grow bigger much faster than usual. The way he delivers on that promise is what makes this a Dahl story, as Mr. Hoppy goes to lengths and takes measures that are extraordinary and ridiculous. A sweet read, that isn't as darkly funny as some of his other novels, but just as silly and fun.
michelleramos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute story of a lonely old man, who loves two things in life. He loves his beautiful garden on his balcony and the beautiful widow that lives down stairs. The woman down stairs however is completely devoted to her tortoise. Mr. Hoppy finds a way to get into her heart with the help of a creative plan and hundreds of tortoises.
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An LT friend sent me four of the shorter Dahl children¿s stories on disc so I grabbed one of them to listen to as I drove my long drive into the doctor¿s office. It was early in the morning and this charming story, beautifully read by the British actor Geoffrey Palmer, kept me alert and awake for the trip. Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver but hasn¿t the courage to tell her. She is concerned about her pet tortoise, Alfie, because he isn¿t growing. The story of how Mr. Hoppy solves Mrs. Silver¿s problem and so gains the courage to tell her how he feels had me in stitches. Dahl¿s quirky story is, as always, delightful with wonderful details and great word play. I enjoyed it so much, when I got home I looked for the used copy I had recently bought from the library and reread it with the wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake. Recommended for the young and the young at heart.
lisa211 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a tale of a man, a woman and a tortoise. Nothing much ado about this book except the man, Mr Hoppy, is trying to catch the eye of Mrs Silver who has a ever so slow growing tortoise, Alfie. This growth problem gave Mr Hoppy the opportunity to be close to Mrs Silver and he cleverly devised a plan. This is a short read but I wasn't really into it that much. Good characters but doesn't really pull you in. Nice plot though. this would be a nice light read for kids out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So AWSOME!! I think anyone should read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a man whos name is mr. hoppy heloves a lady named ms.silver so once he found a way to tell her she loves turtlers she wanted her turtler to get biger so he went to the pet store and bought a lot of turtles and each week he changes a few .
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great short read. Esio Trot was very funny and creative. I would recomend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
funny and good for everyone on earth and in space
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all of Roald Dahls books, this one was worse. It's subject was so pointless. I mean he keeps switching around tortises untill his 'love' loves him. I mean, it was a happy ending and such, but it was really kinda weird. I recomend the better books by Roald Dahl.