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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 has always been a favorite. It was a very lovely companion to have on nights I stayed up late, huddled under the covers with an American Girl flashlight and my dog, thinking my reading ruse ever-so-ingenious. No reading ruses were needed this time around... but I'd admit I'd have been amenable to a blanket fort. Maybe next time! ( )
  lamotamant | Jun 23, 2016 |
A great book for kids learning to read ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
It's been years since I've picked up anything by children's author Roald Dahl, but as soon as I read the first page of Matilda it was like falling through time to my childhood.

Matilda is a gifted - but sometimes mischievous - girl with TV obsessed parents who think she's rather naughty. Miss Honey is the ideal school teacher who nurtures her intellect and encourages her learning.

There's a nasty Headmistress, a likeable librarian and a few pranks which make Matilda a short yet enjoyable read.

The illustrations by Quentin Blake add to the entertainment of the story and I think Matilda will delight readers of all ages. ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Jun 20, 2016 |
I liked it, and Matilda the character was really wonderful, but it just had too many mean adults in it. It was resolved quite well in the end, but again, there was too much mistreatment of children by the adults in the book. It made me sad. ( )
  bburton131 | Jun 19, 2016 |
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...

:) ( )
  PallaviSharma | May 9, 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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