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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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This book is about a young girl who was neglected by her mother and father. She had magical powers. She became good friends with her teacher. ( )
  Angelatw | Nov 16, 2015 |
The message of this chapter book is that intelligence is a key aspect of life.
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons: the plot and the characters.
When it comes to the plot of this story, it is quite original. Having a young girl, so intelligent that she is able to trick all the adults around her and develop psychic powers that allow her to move objects. The plot alone is fascinating and would inspire many individuals to read it. When it comes to the tricks that the young girl, Matilda, plays to the mean adults in her life, they are incredible witty and require a vast amount of intelligence to pull off, attributes that are rare for such a young child. It was beyond entertaining to read about such tricks.
Not only was the plot of the book outstanding, the characters themselves were so preposterous and dramatized that they captured the reader’s attention immediately. The headmaster of the school, Miss Trunchbull, being the most dramatized and interesting character to read about. Her hatred and acts towards the children are obviously not realistic, only adding to the uniqueness of this story. ( )
  graceberry | Nov 15, 2015 |
Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda Wormwood is a precocious little girl who can read by age 3, reading Dickens at age 4, and able to figure complicated mathematical equations in her head at age 5. She comes from neglectful and emotionally abusive parents. Her mother leaves her to play bingo every day, and her father owns a garage and sells used cars, where he swindles his customers by rigging cars so they temporarily appear to be a wonderful bargain; however, in actuality, he is selling lemons. He is a misogynistic jerk who belittles his daughter while extolling the virtues of his son, who will someday take over his business. Matilda is left alone every afternoon, which leads her to the town library, where she is exposed to the wonders of reading great literature. She also spends an inordinate amount of time planning revenge against her parents--putting peroxide in her dad's hair tonic, etc.

When she is finally enrolled in primary school, she once again must confront an abusive figure, the headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. She is horrifying, a serious nightmare. She constantly fires insults at the children and teachers alike, calling them stupid, little worms, etc. She, a former Olympian, uses her size and strength to intimidate everyone around her, and "keeps up her strength" by swinging children by their hair and tossing them out windows.

The one saving grace for Matilda, besides the kindly librarian, Mrs. Phelps, is her young and sweet-natured teacher, Miss Honey. In her she finds a confidante and protector. As the story progresses, we learn more about Miss Honey and about Matilda herself, whose exceptional brain power gives her the ability to do amazing things.

I'm having a hard time believing this was meant for children. I thought it was extremely stressful to read. I really didn't enjoy this; however, I'm bumping my rating to a "3" because my 8yo daughter read it with me and it didn't seem to phase her a bit. She really liked it. She just recognized the abusive people as "mean" and that was that. I, on the other hand, may need to seek therapy over this one. It obviously triggered something from my past.

P.S. Vengeance is mine, sayeth...Matilda??? This is the imagery I had at the start of this book. I truly thought she was going to end up a psychopath.
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  AddictedToMorphemes | Nov 12, 2015 |

This story is about a young girl whose home life is less than extraordinary. She is miss-treated and ignored by her parents however she is such a smart girl that she knows what right from wrong. So when her parents are ignoring her and doing something she deems as wrong she will prank them into submission so they finally notice her. Since her parents couldn’t control her and the school year was beginning the pranks would soon reside however because her school teacher was such a monster to all the students; she intimidated them to submission, she threatened them, she even physically punished them because Ms. Trunchbull felt that was a reasonable expectation for her students to sit in their desks and do their work in peace and quiet. Well Matilda didn’t agree and began pranking her teacher for doing things poorly. Ms. Trunchbull pushes Matilda so far and blames her for any wrong doing in her classroom that eventually Matilda creates a form of telekinesis where she can move things with her mind. She informs Ms. Honey about this crazy activity that has been happening and she finds out that Ms. Honey and Ms. Trunchbull are related and she stole all of Ms. Honey’s money leaving her poor. Matilda knows that what her teacher has done is wrong, so she practices her new ability and teaches Ms. Trunchbull a lesson which results in Ms. Honey getting all her money back and moving back to her home. Eventually she looses her ability and gets placed in a higher classroom. She visits Ms. Honey regularly at home and one day she hears that her parents (who ignore Matilda usually) inform her that they are moving. Not wanting to move Matilda moves in with Ms. Honey and finally has a home that she is confortable in and happy.

Personal Reaction

This is a wonderful book about humor, maybe not everyone understands it or accepts it as everyone else but that doesn’t make it any less funny. It’s also a good example about trying to keep things light under certain circumstances. Not everything needs to be made into a big deal. This book can easily bring out the goofy side that is in every child and that’s a good thing. Kids deserve to be silly, even in school and this is a wonderful example. Not all pranks are acceptable but not all are going to seem like the person is laughing at you, you guys are laughing together. People sometimes are so sensitive that it ruins the fun for a lot of people. I’m not saying under any circumstances that bullying is okay but if you know someone and are on a certain level of understanding with them pranks are harmless. This book is also a good example of what not to-do if you become a teacher. Matilda’s schoolteacher was a monster to her students and that’s unacceptable. For us future teachers out there this book is a good way to point you in the right direction. Even within school programs not everything needs to be so serious, if your having fun so are the students, that doesn’t mean there is less learning, just the opposite, the more fun and engaged the students are the more likely they will retain the information being taught and that’s a wonderful thing.

Classroom Extensions

1. For a science theme to go along with Matilda you could investigate these pranks she used, glue a hat to a piece of paper like she glued her dads hat to his head. Or any of the other pranks to see what the aftermath of some pranks look like.
2. For an art theme use the descriptive words in the book to either create Ms. Honey or Ms. Trunchbull the teachers or the cottage that Ms. Honey lives at to create fun and different interpretations of art to place around the classroom.
3. For a fun physical activity you can create your own classroom style of an Olympics, you can go to the gym if available and have a running session, a throwing and whatever other kind of event you want in your Olympics. For even more excitement of participation, allow the students to come up with special events to include into the Olympics.
  haleycurry1 | Oct 14, 2015 |
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  Lorem | Sep 28, 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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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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