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Matilda (original 1988; edition 2007)

by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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Title:Matilda
Authors:Roald Dahl
Other authors:Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 240 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

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This was one of my favorites as a young girl. I even tried to move something with my eyes, and I can remember getting such a bad eye-headache afterwards... but I felt such a part of Matilda, felt her injustice, her desire to help, her desire for affection and approval. The magic happy ending is encouraging for someone looking for hope in troubling, adolescent times of loneliness. ( )
  MargaretPinardAuthor | May 23, 2015 |
Publisher's summary: Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary genius with really stupid parents. Miss Trunchbull is her terrifying headmistress who thinks all her pupils are rotten little stinkers. But Matilda will show these horrible grown-ups that even though she's only small, she's got some very powerful tricks up her sleeve....

Oh, was there ever a more terrifying headmistress than Miss Trunchbull? At least Kate Winslet makes her absolutely horrible - I tremble with delight at the narration. And was there ever a more lovable kid than Matilda? I loved this children's story that had some wonderful surprises.

I also loved the beginning where Matilda learns how to read and her world expands as she enters a library. Ah, the joy of reading (and listening). ( )
1 vote ctpress | May 18, 2015 |
This is a great book, especially now reading it as an adult as compared to simply just watching the movie. First, this book uses descriptive language throughout helping the reader really envision what is happening. For example, “The books transported Matilda into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.” I read this sentence and imagined Matilda traveling to all these places. I really enjoyed the character development of Matilda as well. She is just a young girl, but she discovers she has powers where she can move objects with her mind, but uses her powers positively. She comes from a family that treats her terribly but still manages to keep a positive attitude throughout the book and gives people back what they deserve without being disrespectful. The main message of the book really touched me as well: to never give up, no matter how hard your life becomes. Anyone can learn from Matilda to over come your struggles and make a change in your life for the better. ( )
  mpotts1 | May 1, 2015 |
Summary: Matilda is a young girl with very special powers and she can move things with her mind. She lives with an unloving family and has to deal with a cruel and horrible teacher at school. Her only refuge is her friends and her nice teacher, Miss Honey. They all band together to get their principal out of the school forever.

Personal connection: I saw the movie first and then read the book. I liked the book better and liked that Matilda had cool powers.

Class use: Ask students what power they would have and why. ( )
  allisonpollack | Apr 30, 2015 |
Even though the movie is heavily engraved in my mind, I still loved every moment of reading the story of child prodigy Matilda. The precocious protagonist, whose precocity is depicted as a source of both value and supernatural powers, triumphs over evil and despicable adults. We love Matilda because she's smart, which is a welcome change from the 'nerd-bashing' in popular culture and our society. ( )
  crunchymunchkin | Apr 22, 2015 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0142410373, Paperback)

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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