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Matilda by Roald Dahl
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Matilda (1988)

by Roald Dahl

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    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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    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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A hilarious children's book about a girl who is so talented and brainy that she's developing supernatural abilities. Too bad her parents are ignoramuses and her principal is a horrible mean hammer throw champion.

Read this in Slovene under the title Matilda. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
ahl's writing style is a lot of fun, but the book is more than half exposition with a rather rushed ending. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Dec 27, 2018 |
Matilda is about the ever so cute little girl who is adopted by cruel parents and has a very bratty brother. She goes to school with an awful principal Ms. Trunchbull who is out to get Matilda and her special powers. This is a silly chapter book and is a perfect read for a younger group possibly 3rd or 4th grade. ( )
  Indiam16 | Nov 27, 2018 |
What. An. Absolute. Delight.
I listened to the audio version that is narrated by Kate Winslet and it was so much fun. At first I was thinking, "This is nice. Kate's got a lovely voice" but she narrated so well that by the end I had almost completely forgotten it was her! I think I must have read this when I was young but I don't really remember, honestly. What I do remember was the movie. And how much I loved it. What really surprised me was the difference in the setting of the two- they are set in different time periods and countries. You'd think with such a big difference in setting the story would be compromised but it speaks to Dahl's writing that the story translated so well. I can only imagine how much fun this would be to read with a young person. ( )
  EliseLaForge | Nov 20, 2018 |
For the audiobook read by Kate Winslet:

I remember Matilda from childhood, but in listening to it this time I realized that mostly I remembered only the first half of it (about up to the chocolate cake). I had completely forgotten Matilda's supernatural abilities and all the particulars of how the villain is comeuppanced. I wonder if I only reread the bits that were so specifically about reading as a kid. Anyway, I enjoyed listening to this so very much. Dahl does his weird kids/terrible adults/singular awesome adult thing brilliantly here. And Kate Winslet does a spectacular job reading it. I did note a fair number of unfortunate characterizations (the villain is "large" and it's part of her villainy and we are. not. allowed. to. forget. it. there's some class stuff that's a little *grimace*. I suspect that someone who wanted to think about it a little harder than I can right now could come up with something pretty damning about lesbianism being associated with villainy too), but it mostly stays at the level of "we can talk about this" rather than "this completely ruins the whole book." For me at least. YMMV. ( )
  lycomayflower | Nov 4, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionscalculated
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vriesendorp, HuberteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winslet, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141314567, 0141805625, 0141322667

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