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Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

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This is an amazing book! The story is about a young girl named Matilda. Matilda discovers her love of books at the tender age of three. She taught her self to read and was doing math at age five. Matilda's home life was pretty much terrible, her parents did not care or foster her nature intelligence. School for Matilda was her sanctuary even though she has to deal with Mrs. Trunchbull. Matilda soon discovers that she has magical( some would say) powers to deal with her parents and Mrs.Trunchbill. In the end Matilda is able to get revenge on all the people in her life that have mistreated her.

I have always loved the story of Matilda, I watched the movie hundreds of times as a child. I enjoyed reading the book, but do feel that having seen the movie previously, made the book more interesting and caused it to come to life for me.

I would incorporate this book into my library for older elementary students. For preschoolers and early elementary students I would have capes and wands available in the dramatic play area and library. I would ask the children to identify what their super powers are, then ask them how they would use them. I would use a shorter version of the story to provide a transition into the topic of bullying and how revenge is not the way, but proper expression of feelings and communication with the teacher is the way. ( )
  LatriciaMurphy | Jul 18, 2017 |
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 |
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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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