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Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

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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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    The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman (babyhomer)
    babyhomer: Trunchbull & Miss Breakbone have the same militant teaching style
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This book about a young girl in a horrible family and school setting is helped by one nice teacher. The young girl gains powers that she uses against her evil principal. This fun tale makes children enjoy reading while solving problems and using their imagination.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
This book is definitely fantasy story. This story is about a young girl who is very smart for her age. She learns to read at a very young age and loves book. She lives with her awful parents and brother who treat her very bad. As the story goes on, Matilda learns that she has magical powers that she is able to move things with her mind. She is sent to a horrible school and uses her powers to get her mean principal to leave. In the process, she becomes very close with her teacher, who recognizes that Matilda is not an ordinary child. In the end, Matilda gets adopted by her teacher who become the new principal for the school. ( )
  kfrost32 | Mar 3, 2015 |
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 |
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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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