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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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Finally finished this! Yay!
It was adorable.

I don't see why people complain about the movie, it was pretty close.
Now the Broadway on the other hand, the book had nothing to do with that. So much craziness in the Broadway. But I loved that, so I don't even care. ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
This book is about a girl that had super powers and used them against mean people. She was a very good girl though. I recommend this book for higher elementary and above. ( )
  VictoriaVivians | Jun 9, 2017 |
I really enjoyed reading Matilda. It is very nostalgic for me because Matilda was one of my favorite movies as a child. Although the movie is different from the book, they both have the same combination of whimsy and rebellion that was (and still is) one of my favorite juxtapositions. ( )
  Derby_Lane | May 24, 2017 |
In some ways, this is a tough book to read as an adult. Matilda herself is so sweet and smart and lovable. It's so frustrating that her family is horrible and her principal is cruel. Then you're so relieved that she finds someone to appreciate her in her teacher, Miss Honey. But it definitely makes you think about the ways a child's home life affects her education. Matilda is able to overcome it, but how many children never get that opportunity?

At first glance, it's a heartwarming and magical book and after some thought, it makes you want to do something to help kids in this situation. ( )
  danaenicole | May 4, 2017 |
This book is about a young girl named Matilda who loves to learn but has the worst parents and the worst principal. Her teacher is very nice and helps Matilda.

I would have this book in the classroom for students to read during free time.

1st-4th grades. ( )
  alizadawn | May 4, 2017 |
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Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vriesendorp, HuberteTranslatorsecondary 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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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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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141314567, 0141805625, 0141322667

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