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Matilda (1988)

by Roald Dahl

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  abe-ray | Apr 23, 2015 |
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  abe-ray | Apr 23, 2015 |
Even though the movie is heavily engraved in my mind, I still loved every moment of reading the story of child prodigy Matilda. The precocious protagonist, whose precocity is depicted as a source of both value and supernatural powers, triumphs over evil and despicable adults. We love Matilda because she's smart, which is a welcome change from the 'nerd-bashing' in popular culture and our society. ( )
  crunchymunchkin | Apr 22, 2015 |
It is sad that many of the adults who enjoy Roald Dahl's humour do not recognize that they are the Trunchbull's of this world.

The book is short and its humor has a sharp and somewhat tragic cast, as it is mostly a satire about parents and schooling, which we have all had to endure in one form or another. ( )
  themulhern | Apr 5, 2015 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0142410373, Paperback)

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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