Esio Trot

by Roald Dahl

read aloud to any age, readability grade 2

Esio Trot is a really funny story about a man who falls in love with a widow. He ends up winning her love by teaching her spells that make turtles grow and shrink. Quentin Blake’s illustrations also are quite humorous. Kids would especially enjoy this book for all of the backward word play.


  1. After reading aloud each chapter in the book, write out the backward phrases on the chalk board or on chart paper.
  2. Have your students decode all of the messages.
  3. As a challenge you can also your students to guess what the phrases actually say without writing it out.