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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda (1988)

by Roald Dahl

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    The BFG by Roald Dahl (Morteana)
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    The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts (mybookshelf)
    mybookshelf: Another children's story about a girl with the power of telekinesis (being able to move things around without touching them)
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    Mistress Masham's Repose by T. H. White (themulhern)
    themulhern: Wicked adults are defeated and there is much humor. Erudition is prized. T. H. White is funnier than Roald Dahl, more erudite and less grotesque.
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    Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (krizia_lazaro)
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    The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman (babyhomer)
    babyhomer: Trunchbull & Miss Breakbone have the same militant teaching style
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    Someday Angeline by Louis Sachar (infiniteletters)
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    Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles by Rupert Kingfisher (allthesedarnbooks)
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    Carrie by Stephen King (TomWaitsTables)

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This book about a young girl, with terrible parents and an awful headmistress, shows how one can overcome a bad situation with a little determination. Matilda's teacher Mrs. Honey helps her and makes a positive impact on her life. This would be a good book to teach students about the cause and effect of actions. ( )
  A_Whitney | Apr 28, 2017 |
I'd use this book in a fourth grade class and I would read the book during free time. I'd have students keep a composition notebook where they'd write about what we had read including the cause and effect of actions, character development and the development of the plot. They'd also draw pictures in the notebook of what they wrote about.
  kroby01 | Apr 18, 2017 |
She may have the worst parents in the world and a truly terrifying headmistress, but thanks to her loving teacher Miss Honey, Matilda finds ways to outsmart all the villains in her life. ( )
  SaraLancon | Apr 17, 2017 |
I would use this book as a read along in a 5th grade classroom. As we read, the students would keep a book journal for the book. We would read one chapter a day and after each chapter, the students would have to write down a cause and effect. For example, one night at dinner, Matildas dad is mean to here and will not let her read a book. The effect of this is that Matilda puts superglue in his favorite hate so that it gets stuck to his head. This way students are understanding why certain things happen. At the end of every journal, four or five students would get to share. I would also use this book in a 4th grade classroom. I would use it as a read along. For this book we would focus on one character, Matilda. Students would write about this character at the end of every chapter. They would write a paragraph about her characteristics or anything that she did in the chapter that they found interesting. This way students will see how the character changes throughout the book. At the end, students would each write a paragraph about how the character has changed. This will build their character analysis skills and help them to see how characters can develop throughout a book.
  AleciaTomes | Apr 17, 2017 |
This book would be an appropriate independent read for 4th-7th grade. They will be fascinated by the topic and content and be able to relate to some situations.
  tmoreland01 | Apr 12, 2017 |
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I haven’t read this book since childhood, and I was delighted that it’s still just as entertaining to read as an adult! I’m a huge Roald Dahl fan so it was fun to start reading his works again. I read this right as I saw Matilda, Tim Minchin’s musical, so it was nice to compare the book to the musical (which actually stayed fairly true to the story)

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Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hatting headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. ("The") Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable--the big surprise comes when Matilda discovers a new, mysterious facet of her mental dexterity. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings. (Ages 9 to 12)

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Matilda, a brilliant, sensitive little girl, uses her talents and ingenuity to seek revenge on her crooked father, lazy mother, and the terrifying Miss Trunchbull, her wicked headmistress, and save her beloved teacher, Miss Honey.

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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141314567, 0141805625, 0141322667

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