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Matilda [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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5 Dec 1996
For most kids, The Trunchbull is pure terror, but for Matilda, shes a sitting duck.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Film & TV Tie-in ed edition (5 Dec 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014037468X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140374681
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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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-centred parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school mistress, 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 talent for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defence 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 truly reader cares about Matilda because, in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best. 19 Jan 2000
By A Customer
When I was set the task of writing about my all time favourite book. I spent hours and hours thinking hard, should it be a classic like Hobbit, maybe a horror book. Then it struck MATILDA the best book I have ever read.
I saw the film, Matilda (three times), and my dad told me the story came from a book. I asked if I could read it, and he brought it for me. It took me a month to read it, and I was sucked into a new world full of mischief and wonder it was more exciting than watching television.
Matilda is a small girl who can read and write at the age of 2 and is truly clever. When she starts school she helps drive out the evil headmistress, Mrs Trunchbull, with her magic powers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think this book is very well written. 13 Dec 1998
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I first saw the film Matilda in a cinema. It was so good that I wanted to read the book.I have now read the book,seen the film and heard the tape.I like the bit when all the children thow their lunches at Miss Trunchbull and the bit where Matilda tips the glass with the newt in it over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It gets you reading on! 6 Mar 2001
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It's a really good book and I have read it loads of times. It's one of my favourite books of all. I like the bit were Ms Trunchbull swings a girl around by her pigtails!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Matlida 1 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book arrived in good time and was complete.However, the book was slightly older than expected as the pages were brown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "This book is really funny" 23 Nov 1999
By A Customer
This book is really funny Matilda can be a bit naughty I like this book because it can make you laugh I like other Roald Dahl books like the Girrafe the Pelly and Me or James and the giant peach.And Charlie And the Chcolate factory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FAB, FAB, FAB!!!!! 5 April 1999
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I think I am the oldest person reviewing this book (I am 25) but this is not a book that will only appeal to children. The plot, like most of Roald Dahls work is outstandingly clever and original and the comedy is truly brilliant. I expect many people/children will have seen the movie which I also though was fantastic but the book's clever descriptive language and typical Quentin Blake illustrations make it that little bit better. Extend your childhood for evermore - buy a copy as soon as you can!
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