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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda (original 1988; edition 2007)

by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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Authors:Roald Dahl
Other authors:Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 240 pages
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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 BFG by Roald Dahl (Morteana)
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    Mistress Masham's Repose by T. H. White (themulhern)
    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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    The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman (babyhomer)
    babyhomer: Trunchbull & Miss Breakbone have the same militant teaching style
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Matilda, Roald Dahl's intelligent creation lives with her stupid parents and brother who thinks her as a over smart little spoiled girl.
Matilda is so brillient that she learns herself to read and write. She reads almost all the books from the library and is ale to comment on them too.
She joins the school and finds her teacher Miss.Honey very nice and good. And Miss.Honey who inturn likes and understands Matilda's ability.
Story goes forward with how Matilda helps Miss.Honey from her troubles and also the school...

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  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading the book, Matilda. The first reason I liked reading this book was because of the main character, Matilda. She is a very smart, young little girl. She is also very independent. Later on in the story, Matilda develops a telekinetic gift. It was interesting to read about her powers developing as she raises a piece of chalk. The second reason I liked reading this story was because of the plot. The head mistress, Ms. Trunchbulll is a nasty lady who is mean to all of her students, but when Matilda raises the chalk, she scared Ms. Trunchbull and she resigned. I was glad to see Matilda have a happy ending because she was raised by parents who did not care about her and she had a hard life. She got to live with her teacher Ms. Honey after her parents were arrested, so the story ended happy for both of them. The main idea of this book is that even if you are young and small, you can still achieve anything you want if you set your mind to it. Matilda was left alone everyday, but started checking books out at the library and she became very smart, she was even able to skip a few grades.
  oliviaceresi | May 2, 2016 |
I had forgotten how ugly the parents are in this book. "How dare she, he seemed to be saying, with each rip of a page, how dare she enjoy reading books when he couldn't? How dare she?" I wonder if people mistrusted second hand car dealers before this book was written, or if it only added to that existing trope. And the mother! "You chose books and I chose looks." Ew. Ms. Honey is lovable but I started to feel like maybe she could've stood up for herself more. Is Matilda brave the way she wishes she could be? ( )
  CALammert | Apr 23, 2016 |
I liked this book for many reasons. The first reason is that the language is very descriptive in the book. For example, the author describes in great detail the shock that Matilda felt when she figured out her powers. Another reason is that the writiting is very engaging to the reader. The way the author wrote about the parents gave a lot of comedy to the book. The last reason is that the plot is organized in a sequence of events, showing how matilda starts to stand up to her parents and tries to get the best for herself. The big idea is to never let anyone hold you back. ( )
  wclayw1 | Apr 18, 2016 |
I love reading this story which describes the life of an intelligent young girl. Matilda had expectional powers which she sometimes used them for retaliation. For example one time she glued her father's hat on his head. Miss Honey was one of the very few people to see something great in her. I would recommend this book to any little girl who felt like they were different. I can relate to this story because when I was younger I had a difficult time finding my special talent and who I was. Matilda teaches children its okay to be who you are. Regardless who may have discouraged you in your journey of life. Once you learn how to accept your self nothing else matter. Sometimes as children all they need is one person who believes in them. And Miss. Honey was Matilda person.. ( )
  ShakiraTenayB | Apr 12, 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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