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Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

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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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    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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This is an adorable story of a young girl who grows up with parents who are selfish and do not relate to their daughter. Matilda the young girl basically raises herself. She finds out what books are at a young age and begins reading everything she could. At a young age it is discovered Matilda is extremely intelligent. She also discovers the magical power she holds. She can use her intelligence to manipulate situations in different ways. Throughout the story, there are several problems and struggles Matilda magically manipulates her way out of.

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This book is a great read for young children and young adults. This book demonstrates the power of reading. While the magic in the story is fiction the underlying message is true. Reading gives you power and an over abundance of knowledge. It has always been my opinion, if you can read you can learn and do anything you want.

Classroom Extensions:

1. Journal Prompt- Have students write about a magical power they wish they could have and describe how they would use it to better the world.
2. Creative- Have students draw or create two teachers. A good teacher and a bad teacher.
3.Have students pick a scene from the story and reenact it. Allow children to perform their scene in front of the class. ( )
  cwarren0123 | Oct 27, 2016 |
Matilda is a great book about a young girl who discovers she has special powers. She uses these powers to help the people around her and can be a good role model for certain children. ( )
  NaomiJohnston | Oct 17, 2016 |
"Matilda" by Roald Dahl is a chapter book about how a little girl finds herself through adversity and learns about a strength and power inside of her that she never knew she had. I am in love with this book, I have been since I was a child. Roald Dahl did such an amazing job with the characters and language that this book easily became one of my favorites. The characters in his book are so simple yet complex. Miss Honey come across as a superhero, sweet, kind, sensitive, yet you learn that she is related to the evil principal Miss Trunchbull. Miss Trunchbull also comes come across as just this mean horrible tyrant, yet the read soon learns that she is terrified of superstitions. The language in this book is incredible. It is challenging without being discouraging. I feel like it pushes the, presumably, young reader without making it impossible to understand the content. The overall messages and themes are clear and concise which makes this book perfect for a children's chapter book. The overall message in this book is to look within yourself, for each person has a greatness that can help them overcome anything. As I previously stated I adore this book. It made me fall in love with reading and I know it has done that for many others as well.
  jessclark | Oct 17, 2016 |
I pulled this off my shelf yesterday to reread because I needed a break for something simple and simply enjoyable. It still is. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
Ik vond de film altijd super leuk. Ik heb laat
  Melanie1998 | Oct 6, 2016 |
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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.

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