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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda (1988)

by Roald Dahl

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More than just a childhood classic to me. This book may be the reason I chose to become a librarian. ( )
  AnigL | Feb 17, 2015 |
Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it! This is a great read for children in grades 3 and 4. The author makes a mystery story into something funny. There is also a movie named after this book, similar to the book. The author uses cohesive characters and a fantasy story and makes it into something fictional. The text is large enough to understand and provides children with the understanding that behavior means everything. ( )
  eoertl1 | Dec 10, 2014 |
I like “Matilda” because of the plot, descriptive language, and deep message that pushes readers to broaden their perspectives. I have a connection to this book because I loved this story when I was a young child. The story has a unique, exhilarating plot. The story is about a smart girl named Matilda. She is very nice, and she loves to read and learn. Matilda is unlike her family in every way. Matilda is always ignored and disregarded by her family. She turns to reading to get away from her family. This book uses descriptive language throughout the story. For example, “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.” As Matilda uses her mind more and more, she develops telekinetic powers. Matilda’s family sends her to a school with the cruelest principal, Agatha Trunchbull. However, Matilda gets the sweetest teacher, Miss Honey. Miss Honey is amazed by Matilda’s extraordinary skills, and she works hard to give her material that is more challenging. Towards the end of the story, Mrs. Trunchbull leaves, and Miss Honey takes over the school. Miss Honey also adopts Matilda, and they live happily ever after. I would share this book with my classroom because of its deep message. This book broadens students’ perspectives about the importance of learning and kindness. This book also points out that adults can be morally wrong, and children should not always listen to or respect their elders. I believe that the big idea is to teach students to love learning and to not always listen to adults. ( )
  sstelz2 | Dec 4, 2014 |
I love the story of Matilda. She is such an inspiration for overcoming such struggles. Matilda was the odd ball of her family, but many who read this book would argue that this is a good thing. Matilda was mart and loved to read and was forced to be very independent at a very young age. When she was sent to the school with Trunchible, Matilda was faced with even more adversity. That wold be the main point of this book, is to not let what others say and do keep you down. There is something inside of all of us worth sharing with the world, but there might be others who try and stop us. We have to find ways to make sure we are heard and we show our strengths to benefit others. Matilda helps those who are nice and good and tricks and torments those who are evil. She has a fun way of showing how good triumphs over bad. ( )
  ajfurman | Dec 2, 2014 |
Such a magical story that has a female character as the focus! This book has been made into a movie and is currently on broadway. This is a neat book to share with students and to introduce them to Roald Dahl. This could be used as an author study unit. ( )
  Taranto | Dec 2, 2014 |
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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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