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Matilda

Dahl, Roald (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Matilda


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Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
Authors: Dahl, Roald, 1916-1990
Title: Matilda
Publisher: New York :, Puffin Books,, 2007, c1988.
Characteristics: 240 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.
Summary: Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
Local Note: 1 2 4 8 13 17 18 30 36
Additional Contributors: Blake, Quentin
ISBN: 9780141322667
0142410373
9780141326221
9780142410370
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Report This 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!!

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  • 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. ----- 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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  • humptydumtywaspushed rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. Roald Dahl is always a good choice, in my opinion.

An outstanding book! Loved it! Read it if you haven't already

Report This Aug 01, 2013
  • niku1234 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is so good! I really enjoyed it because of the main character, Matilda. I love the image that Roald Dahl gave her. It's a really interesting book filled to the brim with excitement and humour. A must read for all ages.

Report This May 16, 2013
  • azindolatabadi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book!

Report This Apr 15, 2013
  • Kittycat1232725 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Matlida is really intresting. The way she livs through her life. It sounds horrible. But she is very smart to do things her own ways.But also some parts are a bit weird and........... awkward. Well for me....

Report This Mar 21, 2013
  • lmcshane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book for kids who live with horrid adults in their lives (though read as an adult - some of the tricks bothered me) Publisher has a great reading challenge to celebrate anniversary of Matida printing here: http://www.roalddahl.com/downloads/usapdfs/Matilda_Readathon_Entry_form_and_rules.pdf

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  • ys2005 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Delightful book. We read it to our daughter, she loved it!

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  • humptydumtywaspushed rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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  • 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.

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  • H22818313 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

let your imagination go wild......

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Report This 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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Report This 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

“If you are good life is good.”

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  • 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.”

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

“You seemed so far away," Miss Honey whispered, awestruck. Oh, I was. I was flying past the stars on silver wings," Matilda said. "It was wonderful.”

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