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* SlasherSmile: Grandma gives George one as she's telling him a scary story. The narration describes it as "a thin icy smile, like the kind a snake might make before it bites you".

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* FateWorseThanDeath: Grandma shrinks to microscopic size after stealing George's fourth reattempt at the growth formula.


* BiggerIsBetter: At lest in the case of farm animals, according to George's father. That's why he tries to have his son produce some ''more'' of his magic medicine.

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* BiggerIsBetter: At lest least in the case of farm animals, according to George's father. That's why he tries to have his son produce some ''more'' of his magic medicine.



* IncrediblyLamePun: One edition of the book describes what George does to Grandma as "a taste of her own medicine".



* SquareCubeLaw: Square cube what? Though Grandma is depicted as unnaturally thin in her giant form, which could have compensated for the otherwise increased mass, the chicken the same batch of medicine is used on retains it's relative girth as it grows, yet is still agile enough to run around with Grandma on its back.

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* SquareCubeLaw: Square cube what? Though Grandma is depicted as unnaturally thin in her giant form, which could have compensated for the otherwise increased mass, the chicken the same batch of medicine is used on retains it's its relative girth as it grows, yet is still agile enough to run around with Grandma on its back.


* DoesNotLikeSpam: Early on, Grandma tells George to stop eating chocolate, and to eat cabbage instead. George reacts with disgust and says he doesn't like cabbage.



* {{Fainting}}: After George's mother comes back from shopping and Grandma tells her that she and the hen in the garden were enlarged by George's medicine, George's mother comes very close to passing out.



* SquareCubeLaw: Square cube what? Though Grandma is depicted as unnaturally thin in her giant form, which could have compensated for the otherwise increased mass, the chicken the same batch of medicine is used on retains it's relative girth as it grows, yet is still agile enough to run around with Grandma on it's back.

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* SquareCubeLaw: Square cube what? Though Grandma is depicted as unnaturally thin in her giant form, which could have compensated for the otherwise increased mass, the chicken the same batch of medicine is used on retains it's relative girth as it grows, yet is still agile enough to run around with Grandma on it's back.its back.
* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Grandma is very fond of gin, and is allowed a small drink of it every evening. While initially making the medicine, George passes a bottle of gin on the sideboard, and remembering how much Grandma likes it, decides to add it to the mixture. Also, in a more disgusting example, beetles are Grandma's favourite insects to eat, because of how they crunch, especially if she has one in a stick of celery.

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* IncrediblyLamePun: One edition of the book describes what George does to Grandma as "a taste of her own medicine".


* HarmlessVillain: Sure, Grandma is a real piece of work, but due to her old age she can't actually do anything worse than boss George around and frighten him with scary stories.

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* HarmlessVillain: Sure, Grandma is a real piece of work, but due to her old age and limited mobility, she can't actually do anything worse than boss George around around, insult him and frighten him with scary stories.



* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The premise of the book is definitely powered by nonsenseoleum.

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* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The premise of the book is definitely powered by nonsenseoleum.nonsensoleum.


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* ObnoxiousInLaws: George's father doesn't like Grandma (his mother-in-law) either, to the point that he tricks her into drinking an entire cup of Marvelous Medicine #4, which makes her shrink until she's completely invisible.

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "[Grandma] spent all day and every day sitting in her chair by the window, and she was always complaining, grousing, grouching, grumbling, griping about something or other."


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* HarmlessVillain: Sure, Grandma is a real piece of work, but due to her old age she can't actually do anything worse than boss George around and frighten him with scary stories.


* AbusiveParents: George's Grandma loves to terrify him when his parents aren't there.

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* AbusiveParents: George's Grandma loves to terrify him when his parents aren't there. She sometimes even does it while they ''are'' there.


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* {{Jerkass}}: Grandma, of course. She even insults her own daughter, George's mother, behind her back.


* SquareCubeLaw: Square cube what? (Though Grandma is depicted as unnaturally thin in her giant form.)
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* SquareCubeLaw: Square cube what? (Though Though Grandma is depicted as unnaturally thin in her giant form.)
form, which could have compensated for the otherwise increased mass, the chicken the same batch of medicine is used on retains it's relative girth as it grows, yet is still agile enough to run around with Grandma on it's back.
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* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Grandparent]]: George's Grandma loves to terrify him when his parents aren't there.

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\n* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Grandparent]]: AbusiveParents: George's Grandma loves to terrify him when his parents aren't there.



* [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Woman]]: Grandma's sticky end.

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* [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Woman]]: IncredibleShrinkingMan: Grandma's sticky end.


* AssholeVictim: Grandma's end is horrible, but she's such of a jerk that even George's mom (her own ''daughter!'') gets over this rather quickly.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Grandma (and most of the animals of the farm) after some doses of medicine.

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* AssholeVictim: Grandma's end is horrible, and it's clear that Mr. Kranky knows what he's doing when he tells her to drink it when she mistakes it for tea, but she's such of a jerk that even George's mom (her own ''daughter!'') gets over this rather quickly.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Grandma (and Grandma, and most of the animals of the farm) farm, after some doses of medicine.medicine.
* BalloonBelly: As part of the transformation that ultimately renders her a giant, Grandma briefly swells up in this manner (it's air -- and it's "a puncture" that keeps her from exploding).



* BodyHorror: What happens to the second and third chickens that drink George's experimental medicines when he tries to replicate the original medicine. One grows super long legs and the other gets a six foot long neck. Averted with the ''fourth'' "test subject" chicken, which simply shrinks until it's the size of a newly hatched chick.

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* BodyHorror: What happens to the second and third chickens that drink George's experimental medicines when he tries to replicate the original medicine.formula. One grows super long legs and the other gets a six foot long neck. Averted with the ''fourth'' "test subject" chicken, which simply shrinks until it's the size of a newly hatched chick.



* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: George literally grabs several bottles of animal pills in each hand and dumps them into a bucket, with no regard for what, exactly, he's using -- or how much for that matter. This is why duplicating the first medicine proves impossible.

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* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: George literally grabs several bottles of cosmetics, seasonings, antifreeze, animal pills in each hand pills, etc. and dumps them into a bucket, with little or no regard for what, exactly, he's using -- or how much for that matter. This is why duplicating the first medicine proves impossible.


* DoNotTryThisAtHome: Modern editions of the book come with warnings to children that mixing thirty odd different chemicals in a pot and giving it to your relatives to drink would probably in fact be quite poisonous. Sad thing is that there is probably at least ''one'' [[ViewersAreMorons kid that needed to to hear it]].

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* DoNotTryThisAtHome: Modern editions of the book come with warnings to children that mixing thirty odd different chemicals in a pot and giving it to your relatives to drink would probably in fact be quite poisonous. Sad thing is that there is probably at least ''one'' [[ViewersAreMorons [[ChildrenAreInnocent kid that needed to to hear it]].


* AssholeVictim: Grandma's end is horrible, but she's such of a jerk that even George's mom (her ''daughter!'') gets over it rather quickly.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Grandma and most of the animals of the farm after some doses of medicine.
* BiggerIsBetter: At lest in the case of farm animals, according to George's father. That's why he tries to have his son produce some more magic medicine.
* BlessedWithSuck: Subverted. When Grandma becomes a giantess she crashes through the roof and needs to get unstuck, later she has to sleep in the granary because she doesn't fit in the house; despite this, however, she's perfectly happy with her new size.

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* AssholeVictim: Grandma's end is horrible, but she's such of a jerk that even George's mom (her own ''daughter!'') gets over it this rather quickly.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Grandma and (and most of the animals of the farm farm) after some doses of medicine.
* BiggerIsBetter: At lest in the case of farm animals, according to George's father. That's why he tries to have his son produce some more ''more'' of his magic medicine.
* BlessedWithSuck: Subverted. When Grandma becomes a giantess she crashes through the roof and needs to get unstuck, later she has to sleep in the granary because she doesn't fit in the house; despite this, however, she's still perfectly happy with her new size.



* DoNotTryThisAtHome: Modern editions of the book come with warnings to children that mixing thirty odd different chemicals in a pot and giving it to your relatives to drink would probably in fact be quite poisonous. Sad thing is that there is probably at least one kid that needed to to hear it.

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* DoNotTryThisAtHome: Modern editions of the book come with warnings to children that mixing thirty odd different chemicals in a pot and giving it to your relatives to drink would probably in fact be quite poisonous. Sad thing is that there is probably at least one ''one'' [[ViewersAreMorons kid that needed to to hear it.it]].


* [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Woman]]: Grandma's end.

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* [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Woman]]: Grandma's sticky end.

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