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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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Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

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The parts where Matilda is getting revenge on her family are pretty funny. The resolution is good because it was kind of a surprise and the ending worked well. The book is surprisingly similar to the stage version. ( )
  SebastianHagelstein | Jul 16, 2014 |
I remember reading this repeatedly when I was younger. I re-read the first ~100 pages recently (July 2014) and loved it all over again, as extreme and unlikely as it is (a four-year-old reading Dickens?). But it appeals to the reader's sense of right and wrong, fairness and unfairness. Matilda is every book-lover's hero. ( )
  JennyArch | Jul 15, 2014 |
Excellent book for young and old children alike. ( )
  OlgaAkhidova | Jul 1, 2014 |
I absolutely loved reading Matilda to my children--and they loved it too. A lot of books are called Dickensian just because they are set in Victorian England, depict poverty, or have complicated plots with lots of characters. But Matilda is truely Dickensian in capturing the spirit of Dickens--a precocious young child protagonist (precocious being an understatement) surrounded by adults who range from completely awful to sickly/saintly/helplessly sweet who fights injustice and ends up with the bad being exposed and the good rewarded--including twists involving forged last wills and testaments. In fact this echo of Dickens was clearly intentional as Matilda reads several Dickens books over the course of this one and there are multiple references including to Wackford Squeers from Nicholas Nickleby (clearly the model for Miss Trunchbull in Matilda) as well as to Great Expectations and Oliver Twist.

Matilda, in fact, is such a wonderful character--so delightfully described as well as drawn in the illustrations--that you really wish she existed as much as you wish any character from literature to exist. The plot is relatively light and simple but it has a few twists and is about as much as my 5 and 6 year olds could follow.

If I had any complaints about this book, like other Roald Dahl, it is that in his world the children never change but instead are born and stay either good or rotten. That omits and important development that keeps literature (including Dickens, especially in his later books) interesting and also, as much as I think this is not what books are primarily about, misses out an what could be an important lesson. ( )
1 vote nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
cool and awesome ( )
  SchusReadingStars | Jun 17, 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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