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Matilda - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
Matilda
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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... show more
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-centred parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school mistress, 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 talent for revenge.
She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defence 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 truly reader cares about Matilda because, in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140327595 (0140327592)
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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danae
danae rated it
In some ways, this is a tough book to read as an adult. Matilda herself is so sweet and smart and lovable. It's so frustrating that her family is horrible and her principal is cruel. Then you're so relieved that she finds someone to appreciate her in her teacher, Miss Honey. But it definitely makes ...
ashleydavis
ashleydavis rated it
The book Matilda by Roald Dahl is a story about a young girl with secret magical powers who lives with a horrible adoptive family who don't care for her much because she is different from them. Matilda is very intelligent and succeeds academically and has a maturity level well beyond her age. She se...
McKenna's Book Blog
McKenna's Book Blog rated it
5.0 Matilda
Matilda is one of Ronald Dahl's most popular books and one of my favorites! The Lexile level is 840L. In this first chapter, Dahl writes "The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships withJoseph Conrad. Sh...
Mrs. Williams' Favorite Children's Books
Mrs. Williams' Favorite Children's Books rated it
4.0
Matilda is the story of an incredibly bright little girl who was born into a family who doesn't understand her. While attending school, she meets several people who will influence her life forever. After students read the book, they can watch the movie and compare and contrast the two different fo...
YA Fanatic
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5.0 Matilda Book Review
I grew up watching the movie many times but never actually read the book. I'm definitely glad I did! It is a great audio book too. I already put the BFG on hold at the library as I want to re-read it as well as Dahl's other books. Matilda lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood and her older...
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