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Matilda by Roald Dahl

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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    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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    babyhomer: Trunchbull & Miss Breakbone have the same militant teaching style
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Through reading Matilda, you not only experience being taking into a book through reading but you can see how books transform the character. In this novel Roald Dahl communicates to the reader that it is okay to be different. Matilda does not fit in with her family at all and she is okay with that. Through being herself she creates a valuable strong character. ( )
  astump3 | Oct 6, 2017 |
Matilda is a sweet five-year-old with extraordinary mental powers—powers she uses to teach her school’s evil head mistress a lesson she’ll never forget!
  LynneQuan | Oct 2, 2017 |
Growing up, Matilda was one of my favorite movies. Now reading the book, it differs a little from the movie but the story line is still the same. This book is great for upper elementary school readers and tells a story of a six year old girl who is neglected by her family. Matilda basically had to take care of herself, learn by herself, and do everything on her own because of the neglecting from her family. Once Matilda finally enters elementary school, her teacher Mrs. Honey, realizes how smart and magical she is and gives her the love and attention that she always needed. I love this book because its story is not like others and I also love how her teacher was able to see something so great in Matilda that not everyone else could see. Definitely recommended! ( )
  kew057 | Sep 12, 2017 |
Matilda is an exceptional little girl. Pretty much left alone by her parents and brother she teaches herself to read and read she does with a voracious appetite. Learning so much from all the reading she is pretty much a genius. The problem is her parents are pretty much idiots. Mum is only interested in looking pretty, her TV shows and playing bingo. Dad is a used car salesman who is a bit on the shady side and only interested in making money selling to his idiot customers.

To make things entertaining and a little more bearable at home, Matilda comes up with some great tricks that tend to drive her parents crazy. Glue in Dad's hat. Adding something to Dad's hair oil that changes his hair colour.

When she starts school it it a whole new world. Miss Honey, her teacher, realizes Matilda's brilliance and wants to put her up a few levels. Miss Trunchbull, the headmistress, says no. Even though Miss Trunchbull is the head mistress she HATES children, especially one in the very lowest grades. The children are all afraid of her...except Matilda.

Roald Dahl writes from the viewpoint of children. A bit over the top but very entertaining. I enjoy reading his books. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Sep 10, 2017 |
4.25 Stars. While this book is satisfying from start to end, where the villainous characters receive their comeuppance and the heroes get their happy ending, I still felt this book was slightly lacking, though I can't really place my finger on where. It certainly contains very original story and components and it's funny and it's sweet and I did really enjoy it. ( )
  Pashii | Aug 28, 2017 |
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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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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141314567, 0141805625, 0141322667

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