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Now a musical!

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a menacing, kid-hating headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

Here is Roald Dahl's original novel of a little girl with extraordinary powers. This much-loved story has recently been made into a wonderful new musical, adapted by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking Kestrel, 1988.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780670824397
Branch Call Number: j F DAHL R
Characteristics: 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Blake, Quentin


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One of the best of all time. Matilda is a quiet, smart, and incredibly powerful young girl. Frustrated with the unfair world of adults she devises hilarious and ingenious ways to strike back at the tyranny of her parents and school. Everyone, everyone, everyone should read this book.

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Jan 30, 2019

A most delightful guilty pleasure read…filled with the right amount of meanness that makes one want to really see a happy ending when all is set right! There is a wonderful audiobook version of this book read by Kate Winslet that is simply delightful. She does a myriad of voices and accents. Available on Overdrive.

Jan 23, 2019

This book is absolutely lovely. It is beautifully written and full of memorable characters, whether they be lovable or detestable, unfailingly good or downright wretched.

Nov 28, 2018

My favorite book by my favorite author!

vm510 Sep 10, 2018

Fantastic storytelling and great on audio. Definitely recommend for a family road trip - everyone in the family regardless of age would love this one.

Apr 12, 2018

This is my all-time favorite book! Matilda is so cute and smart, and is a real charm. Great for kids to learn that you don't have to be pushed around, if you use a little me power! Go, Matilda!

SPPL_Kristen Mar 25, 2018

I love a good found family story, and I especially love them when they star a smart young girl.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Perfect for book lovers of any age

Sep 07, 2017

This book is about a young child who was a pure genius when she was young. The child’s name was Matilda. She could read adult books around the age of 3 or 4. She was very good at math by the time she entered school. Her parents were very imprudent and always thought about their money which they were earning. Matilda had telekinesis powers and used them to scare away her rude principal, Miss. Trunchbull. In doing so, she found out that Miss. Trunchbull murdered Matilda’s very nice teacher’s father. She had avenged her teacher and the principal never returned to that school again. Matilda saved everyone from her grasp and was a hero. In the end, she used her superpowers for good and was not irresponsible with them.  
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 02, 2017

I didn't know Roald Dahl made this story! I've seen the movie, and then I decided to read this book and it seemed quite familiar. That when I realized it is the book version of the movie. It is a really good book. It is about an amazingly smart girl who is smarter than her family, but her family doesn't treat her very nicely, and when she goes to school, the principal is a rotten one. I bet Matilda could win a lot of prizes or have a lot of medals from the teen/summer reading link challenge, but there is a lot more to the book, so you have to read it to find out why!

ChristchurchTeens Feb 07, 2017

This story is about a little girl called Matilda. She could read before she went to school. She read all the books in the children’s library. Her family doesn’t like her because Matilda reads books and her family doesn’t like to read books, they like watching TV. Matilda wants to go to school. Then finally, her Dad takes her to school. Her teacher Miss Honey tells her class to be nice to Matilda. At school the principal Miss Trunchbull, throws a boy and Matilda helps the boy to fly away with her secret, superpowers. This book made me laugh out loud, you will like this book if you are into funny books.

Reviewed by Hellen

This is a book about a girl called Matilda she had to take care of herself ever since she was born. She is a very different kid because when she was about 3 she started going to the library and reading lots of books. She was 5 and a half she went to school because her Mum and Dad were not ready at all. Miss Honey is the nice teacher and Miss Trunchbull is the principal, and is really mean to the teachers and kids. Everyone is scared of her. But what Miss Trunchbull does not know is that Matilda has a secret power. If you love Roald Dahl, this is a must-read.

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Apr 15, 2017

"D'you think I'm so stupid I'd glue this thing to my head on purpose?"

Jul 13, 2015

“I've always said to myself that if a little pocket calculator can do it why shouldn't I?”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Jul 13, 2015

“With frightening suddenness he now began ripping the pages out of the book in handfuls and throwing them in the waste-paper basket.
Matilda froze in horror. The father kept going. There seemed little doubt that the man felt some kind of jealousy. How dare she, he seemed to be saying with each rip of a page, how dare she enjoy reading books when he couldn't? How dare she?”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Jul 13, 2015

“Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Laura_X May 01, 2015

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.

Jun 10, 2014

“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

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

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

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

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.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

"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."

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

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.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

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

let your imagination go wild......


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Sep 20, 2011

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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