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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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Feb 18, 2021

This is fun to read with a cup of hot chocolate or a cinnamon bun

Feb 17, 2021

An intelligent female, Matilda Wormwood is a prodigy and is well prepared, qualifying her to skip multiple grades at a young age. However, her family does not support her passions and interest in further education. She amazes her teacher, Ms. Honey, with her brilliant mind which increases the amount of time they spend together for months. Matilda discovers a mysterious power she possesses and relationships are exposed. Soon, Matilda's parents must leave due to a scandal. Will Matilda continue living with her parents? or is there another sense of hope for Matilda's learning?

Matilda is a cute and fun book to read for young children. There are plenty of illustrations that help guide readers throughout the story. I believe the illustrations made the story much more fun as well. The beautiful ending completes the story which left me satisfied.

Nov 14, 2020

Matilda is quite a bright girl, except her parents would rather watch TV than support her. Her intelligence becomes a tool for her in troubling circumstances when a tough headmistress pops up into her life. Kindness, perseverance and staying true to oneself are common themes.

Dahl does it again with this fabulous read!

I gave this book to my little sister and she loves the story! Matilda's journey in the book has so many interesting characters, like her dishonest dad and her angry headmistress Trunchbull. Although my sister asked me to define some words used in the book, it is an overall accessible novel for all ages! It's such a fantastic story about a little girl who uses her wits to overcome obstacles.

Aug 29, 2020

Matilda by Roald Dahl is a classic that I enjoyed reading when I was a kid. It’s about a child named Matilda who enjoys reading. Whenever her parents mistreat her, she plays a variety of pranks to get even. She befriends her teacher, Miss Honey and discovers the backstory between her teacher and the abusive headmistress Miss Trunchbull. The book incorporates a rebellious environment and supernatural powers that enhances the experience, not to the point of focusing entirely on magical powers. This balance would make it quite the read.

Aug 18, 2020

the villains cooked up by roald dahl are great. the trunchbull is no different.

Aug 04, 2020

Matilda’s family has never really acknowledged her. They left her alone in her room and didn’t teach her to read, or help her walk, so she had to figure this out on her own. It may seem like she has a horrible life, but she had a hidden power.

Once again, Roald Dahl has written a wonderful book that has a creative plot and a satisfying ending.

Jun 28, 2020

I gave this book five stars because it was amazing and very adventurous; highly recommended.

JCLKarynH Jun 12, 2020

I have an embarrassing confession. I've watched plenty of movie adaptions of Roald Dahl's books, but never actually read one. This is a travesty on my past as a proud book lover. I decided to remedy this situation by reading the delightful and hilarious Matilda. Matilda is a great book hero: she loves books and learning, she's brave and selfless, and she knows how to cleverly punish adults who deserve to be taught a lesson. Roald Dahl has a wonderful sense of humor and word play. I'm not sure if I would've appreciated as a child. He knows how to speak to what kids fantasize about. Miss Trunchbull is perhaps one of the worst villains ever created. The illustrations by Quentin Blake really bring the story to life. I've seen the movie and now I want to see the Broadway play.

Apr 05, 2020

One of my favourite stories! Love this one so much!

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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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