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Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

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This book is truly fantastic. I love how strong the main character is. She knows she isn’t valued within her family but she doesn’t let them discourage her from doing what she loves such as going to the library and reading. Another reason I love this book are for the illustrations. They perfectly capture the mean nature of the Trunchbull. Lastly I love how in the end Matilda gets her happy life, which I feel she deserves from all the terrible situations she’s been placed in. Examples of this are having to go to Crunchem hall and dealing with her family. I think the big idea of this book is to stay true to what you believe in. Matilda never gave up for what she thought was right and in the end defeated the Trunchbull. ( )
  StephanieWeiner | Nov 17, 2014 |
Matilda is a girl who was adopted by to not so wonderful parents and she learned how to talk at the age of one and a half and at the age of three she learned how to read. Even though she was super smart her parents called her a unsmart thing and on the top of that at school the prinsible at her school was horrible. If a child was being bad she would lock them in a little room and you would not even be able to move in it. But as Matilda slowly gets acustomed to the school she could move things with her eyes and with that she tries to stop the horrible princible at her school.
I really liked this book because it would keep me reading and i just couldn't stop reading. I also liked this book because it is very funny and that is a hard thing to put in a book. ( )
  EmmaS91 | Nov 11, 2014 |
Summary: "Matilda" is a story about a girl who posses special mental powers. Adopted to a cruel family who doesn't treat her well, Matilda spends as much time as possible away from her house, usually at the library. The school Matilda attends is run by an awful principle who only likes to see children upset. Matilda's teacher, Ms. Honey, is a sweet lady who really cares about her children. She is financially held back by the headmistress. Knowing this, Matilda uses her powers to drive this awful woman out of the school.

Review: I have enjoyed the story of Matilda ever since I was young. It is a cleverly written piece of literature, mixing many different emotions into a book. I especially like that the book/story is very unpredictable. There are many twists (such as finding out the relationship between Ms. Honey and the headmistress Ms. Trunchbull. This is a story recommended for older children. ( )
  cclark37 | Nov 11, 2014 |
A classic book for older elementary aged children. Matilda is stuck in a bad family situation at home, she's very smart. Has magic powers and able to control people's actions. Explores the supernatural powers, also goes into problems with parents, bad treatment, and also shows how much knowledge is power.
  kzilinskas | Nov 3, 2014 |
Matilda is a lovely children's tale about a little girl named Matilda who is a genius living with an abusive family. Neglected for most of her young life, she finds love in the form of books.

Through-out the book she concocts different ways of subtly getting back at her parents for their wrong-doings in such a clever way that she never gets caught.

Allowed into school after her parents forget her age, Matilda comes across the horrible Ms. Trunchbull and the lovely Ms. Honey. What follows is a riveting show of how Matilda, armed with her intellect, gets rid of Ms. Trunchbull and her wicked schemes, and comes to find the family she always wanted in Ms. Honey. ( )
  Tarklovishki | Oct 31, 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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