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Matilda

Dahl, Roald (Paperback - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Dahl, Roald
Statement of Responsibility: Roald Dahl ; illustrated by Quentin Blake
Title: Matilda
Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, [2007]
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Notes: Reprint. Originally published in 1988
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Schools Fiction Revenge Fiction
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Topical Term: Schools
Revenge
Additional Contributors: Blake, Quentin
ISBN: 9780142410370
0142410373
Branch Call Number: J FIC D
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Jul 27, 2014
  • JessicaDK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this epic book and there's also a nice movie too. xDD

Jul 18, 2014
  • Rosa_10125 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book! Miss Trunchbull and her nasty parents got what they deserved .

Jul 09, 2014
  • hina99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book is so cute. when i read it i fell in love with matilda. wish she was my little sister. she is adorable in the movie!!!

Great book - I love the movie too!!!

Jul 07, 2014
  • dvyas1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very fun book to read!

Matilda is a very good book it is kinda of like the movie but I don't really understand how she has gain her powers is it from anger from her parents not treating her like she is not one of their own. but that's not the theme of the story the theme is she gains her intelligence by going to the library when there is no one at home to take care of her then she started in school with a very, very vicious headmistress who was related to the sweetest person in her school miss honey who Matilda has grown very strong relation ship with and at the end winds up living with her

May 12, 2014
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Matilda's dim-witted, selfish parents don't understand her. Her school headmistress is viciously abusive. But this exceptionally bright, gifted little girl makes fast friends at school and finds loving support from her teacher Miss Honey.

Apr 01, 2014
  • gems rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was really, really good! Wait, no cross that out...it was GREAT! I love Matilda and it was so good that I finished it in 2 days. You have to read this!

I liked this book it was very funny. I thought Matilda was clever and funny and I liked that she wanted revenge!!

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The recently published editions of Roahl Dahl's books I've seen have included the proclamation, "The World's No. 1 Storyteller," on their covers. That's a bold statement, and my skeptical nature has me instinctively questioning any such claim. How is such a thing even determined? Based on what measurement? Validated by whom? Is it undisputed? Based on what definition of the word "storyteller?" And on and on. Instinctively, I'm inclined to argue any such claim, or at least dismiss it as meaningless boasting. Yet I don't really feel the need to dispute Dahl's claim to it, valid or not.
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I read--or had read to me--a number of Dahl's stories when I was young, but Matilda was not one of them. I was recently exposed to the excellent 1996 film and decided I must read the book. It did not disappoint. Clever, sardonic, holding intelligence and learning in the highest esteem, never treating the young as anything other than completely capable and deserving of respect, funny, and entertaining, this book is a send-up of all those bullying adults who quickly dismiss children as incapable and bothersome pests and intelligence and learning as impractical elitism. Charming, polite genius Matilda has many such adults standing in her way--particularly her parents and her school's headmistress--but she finds a way to persevere and win out in the end, seeing many hilarious comeuppances delivered along the way. It was a delight.

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Aug 12, 2014
  • yellow_ant_147 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 23, 2014
  • blue_penguin_1084 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 09, 2014
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Jun 10, 2014
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May 12, 2014
  • gems rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 29, 2013
  • humptydumtywaspushed rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 01, 2013
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Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The parents of the five-year-old Matilda Wormwood have no interest in their daughter, but if they did, they would have discovered that she is incredibly and unusually smart and gifted. Matilda taught herself to read at three years old, though the only actual books in the house were a cookbook and magazines. When she asks for a real book for herself, her father rudely turns her down. In spite of this, Matilda looks up the address of the local library, where she finishes all the children's books within a short time, thus leaving her to read adult novels, which she really enjoys. The librarian gives Matilda her own library card, and she is able to borrow books to read at home.

Mar 13, 2012
  • H22818313 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

let your imagination go wild......

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Sep 20, 2011
  • jgrnlees rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Parents should note that the school's Headmistress slings children around by their hair, picks children up by their hair or ears, and otherwise terrifies the children under her care. This treatment may be frightening to very young children.

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“It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What she needed was just one person, one wise and sympathetic grown-up who could help her.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"We don't hold with book-reading," Mr. Wormwood said. "You can't make a living from sitting on your fanny and reading story-books."

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If it's by an American it's certain to be filth. That's all they write about.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Perhaps his anger was intensified because he saw her getting pleasure from something that was beyond his reach.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen. If only they would read a little Dickens or Kipling they would soon discover there was more to life than cheating people and watching television.

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“If you are good life is good.”

Jun 23, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”

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May 12, 2014
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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