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Book details of 'Matilda'

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Author(s)Roald Dahl
PublishedDecember 1988
PublisherViking Press
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Reviewer Marcella wrote:
Excellent book, my favorite part is when Matilda puts crazy glue in his father's hat. Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors, I wish I could meet him in person to ask him how he writes such good books. My brother loves the BFG and The Witches, he is 9 I am 7.

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Reviewer Dirk Heijstraten wrote:
It is about a little girl who has a very bad, ignorant and wicked family that treats her very bad because she is different than them. Once she made a trip to the library and read nearly every book in there and often gets in trouble. She likes reading and she is like a genius, she reads really big books at the age of 5 and she had never even been taught how to read. One day she told her parents she wanted to go to school like the other kids. Her father who was always watching TV, and scolding her reacts in a terrible way but registers her in a local school and starts to talk very bad about her to anyone who would listen. The Trunchbull, the school headmistres, was like a bully, always very cross to kids, very unkind to everyone and very, very strong. She is a former hammer-throwing champion who flings kids at will; all of the children hated her! Matilda made some friends and she made a very special friend, she was her teacher called Miss. Honey. She was very nice, all the children loved her. Matilda in her new school discovered that she had a very special power that she could move things, or turn things on and off with her mind, just by looking at the object or by wanting it to happen. She had some adventures with Miss. Honey that lived in a little house, she told Matilda that the director was her aunt and that was very mean to her and that when her dad died and she had stolen her house and had kept her favorite doll. One day Matilda and Miss. Honey went to the house of the mad director and broke in. There, Miss. Honey saw her little doll which she loved and missed, but then the director came and they had to run away. That same night, Matilda went alone to the house of the mad director, started to scare her and she took Miss. Honey’s favorite doll away. At the end the police tries to catch Matilda’s father because he cheated on the people he sold his cars to, selling used cars as new. Matilda got some papers so she could stay with Miss. Honey as her daughter and her family escaped. Matilda and Miss. Honey stayed in the big house and the Trunchbul escaped too (it was very risky). My favorite character: I think that my favorite character is Matilda because she is a very intelligent girl and she has special powers, powers that no other person has. She is a girl that has suffered very much but is very happy and with a good sense of humor at the same time. She is nice, clever and funny. She dared to do a lot of things that were very risky. My favorite moment: My favorite moment is when Matilda and Miss. Honey went to the house of The Trunchbull, and they had to run and could escape. It was so exciting that I just couldn’t stop reading and I didn’t think that they could escape from that evil woman, because she was strong and knew all the places that they could hide in the house.

Reviewer wrote:
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)

Reviewer Liv wrote:
Roald Dahl has expressed the frustration of an six year old genius who's parents neglect her brilliantly. A non-stop feel good book with the twists and humour that every Roald Dahl book possesses. Quinten Blake's scratchy drawings get the reader more involved. A brilliant novel that you should definately read.

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