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Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

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This is one of my favorite books! Like all of Dahl’s books, the characters are fully developed, making it easier for the readers to connect to them. He uses descriptive language and incorporates a lot of detail so the readers remain engaged in the book. For example Dahl describes Ms. Trunchbull as, “a gigantic holy terror, a fierce tyrannical monster who frightened the life out of pupils and teachers alike.” My favorite part about this book is the underlying message. It proves to young children that regardless of the circumstances and obstacles you may encounter, everyone can be successful. Although Matilda lives with parents who do not appreciate her and do not believe in education, she uses her powers to be happy and successful in life. ( )
  jtaylo41 | Apr 10, 2014 |
Matilda By Roald Dahl
Matilda is a super smart little girl.She went to school one day and she made friends with the teacher.They became great friends and they talk about how their life was like and at the end they had a plan which changed everything.At the end they both got what they wanted. ( )
  YanYiAu | Mar 28, 2014 |
Matilda is a children's book about a young girl who isn't shown a lot of attention or care by her family but finds an amazing relationship with her elementary teacher who shared past childhood problems. Matilda can also can make things happen magically and loves to read and learn. She and her teacher take down the terrible principle and Matilda finally gets the family she always wanted, Ms. Honey becomes her mother.

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I loved this story because Matilda is a strong little girl who proves she is worth something, regardless of how her family treat her. I love that she defends herself, and even her parents when they aren't so nice to her. I love the relationship she creates with Ms. Honey and I cannot wait to have a strong bond with all my students in class. I was not disappointed and
Classroom Ideas:
1. I could have the children create a short story about a time they felt happy.
2. I could have the children write a letter to a teacher or person in their life they want to thank.
3. The children could even write about a super power they wish they had and draw themselves in a uniform they create, of them as a super hero. ( )
  KendraAdams | Mar 26, 2014 |
In my opinion, Matilda is a classic children’s chapter book that can be enjoyed by many older readers. I like this book for several reasons. The language is very descriptive and attention grabbing. The animated vocabulary and sentence structure make the story come to life. Readers are hooked into the story and remain interested throughout their reading. An example of descriptive language is, “He had a mountain to climb and he was jolly well going to reach the top or die in the attempt,” describing Bruce eating the enormous chocolate cake forced on by the Trunchbull. I like the use of dialogue and description of events because it makes the reader feel as if these events are actually occurring. The book is organized into 21 chapters, which is appropriate for an advanced reader. The chapters have appropriate title names, such as “The Ghost” and “A New Home.” The illustrations sketches are appropriate because they provide a break in the reading. I love the characters in the story because they are very believable and well developed. The Trunchbull can relate to a child’s mean principal. Matilda’s parents can relate to parents who sometimes ignore their child’s interests. Miss Honey can relate to a child’s teacher they adore and see as the maternal figure. Readers will wish they had the same powers as Matilda, which is to change the world for the better and have good conquer evil. I love the character of Matilda and her relationship with Miss Honey. Matilda is a sweet young girl, unappreciated by her parents, with high intelligence and magical telekinetic powers. Miss Honey is the only adult who sees Matilda for the amazing person she is. Miss Honey is also a sweet woman who has been underappreciated her whole life. The two are a perfect mother-daughter match. I enjoy the plot because it contains a great amount of suspense and tension. Every time the Trunchbull enters a seen, tension and fear fill the atmosphere. The reader can feel the panic from the Trunchbull as they read. There are also many conflicts displayed in this text. These conflicts are between Matilda and her family, Matilda and the Trunchbull, and the Trunchbull and Miss Honey. Conflicts make for a more interesting story. Fortunately, Matilda overcomes these conflicts because of her magic powers and her desire for a better life with Miss Honey. The big idea of this story is goodness will overcome evil. ( )
  jgiann2 | Mar 25, 2014 |
One of my all time favorite books as a kid. I must have read it fifteen times. I should re-explore it because I've always felt that even Dahl's childrens literature has some very adult undertones. Good times. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 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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