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Matilda (1988)

by Roald Dahl

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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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Matilda is a lovely, mischievous read that both young and old can enjoy. It has a tone that only Roald Dahl possesses when writing, intertwining the fantastic with everyday trouble, giving place to a unique story that is lead by a curious heroine.

If you have watched the movie before, you might end up disappointed, but you should still give it a try if you have not read it yet. ( )
  DoctorFate | May 17, 2018 |
This has always been one of my favorite Roald Dahl books. I've read or listened to it several times in the past, but when I saw that Kate Winslet had done an audiobook edition, I just had to listen to it again. And she was phenomenal.
  kerribrary | May 10, 2018 |
I really wanted to re read this book and I had the opportunity to do so this week with one of the kids I watch.
It was better than the first time and it has such a good ending when Ms. Honey adopts her. I know majority of books end with happy endings, but the trials Matilda went through is something we do not see in majority of books. For example, having neglectful parents is hardly discussed and the sad part is a lot of kids could relate to it. ( )
  RikkiPerkins | Apr 30, 2018 |
This book is centered on the life of Matilda Wormwood, an adopted child. Matilda is a gifted child with intelligence that is beyond any child of her years; however, her family treats her as though she is not intelligent. Matilda's teacher, Miss Honey, sees just how intelligent Matilda truly is and wants to help her expand her knowledge. That is another problem because Miss Honey brings it to the attention of the principal who just happens to be Miss Honey's aunt. Principal Trunchbull bullies Miss Honey so her and Maitlda are somewhat in the same boat. I would use this book in my future classroom as a beginning of the year book to read to the kids so it can be a discussion for how we treat each other with respect and be proactive about preventing bullying. ( )
  Tanyka | Apr 24, 2018 |
This story is about a young girl who is very bright, however it goes unnoticed how smart she is at home. Matilda always can do a trick or two when she puts her mind to it and that is just something her mean principal does not know. This story would not be a story I use to teach a lesson but I would for sure have it as a fun read in my classroom library. The reason I would keep it in the classroom is because they story can be goofy and funny for those that like a good laugh. Also, the story is about a girl who is very smart and does not let anyone tell her different so it can be very powerful to some students to read. ( )
  Mackenziesophia | Apr 20, 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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