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Matilda [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
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Book Description

28 Feb 2002
The Wormwoods think their daughter, Matilda, is nothing better than a scab, to be flicked away at the earliest opportunity. But unbeknown to her ghastly parents, Matilda is no ordinary child - she is a genius! When she realises the extent of her psychic powers and intelligence she starts to use them to hilarious effect to get revenge on her parents and the terrifying head teacher Miss Trunchbull.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; New Ed edition (28 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780224064538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224064538
  • ASIN: 0224064533
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,416,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The undisputed master-storyteller . . . Artful, funny, profoundly inventive and touched with the blessed knowledge of how to tap the basest in a child's nature and lead it towards the best" (Daily Mail)

"Roald Dahl invented a new kind of literature for children full of the awful and gross - an exagerration of the everyday underpinned by serious observations about our best and worst inclinations" (Waterstones Books Quarterly)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have read so far!!! 20 Oct 2001
By A Customer
This is a really exciting book for 8 year olds.I have really enjoyed this book I think others will aswell.Some parts made me laugh,and others made me very ,very happy!!!!!
Matilda is a special little girl with magical powers. Her parents are miserable but she finds happines with Miss Honey,her teacher.It is full of adventures that allows her to escape from her parents.You can't put the book down once you have started.
Rebecca Moss, aged 8.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing 5 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
I can honestly say, hand on heart, that this story changed my life. As a child I was not even remotely interested in books, not one bit. I would dig for worms or play Cinderella but sit and read or be read to, no thank you. I can remember as though it was yesterday (and not 20 odd years ago) it was pouring rain - the type that even puts off the meanest of dogs - so there was no chance we were visiting the beach, instead my father sat me down with my rabbit, we curled up on bean bags with blankets and he read me Matilda. I have read everyday since, the biggest and fullest room in my house is my library (I have thousands of books and no space to house new adventures) but I will never stop and I can thank Roald Dahl for my lifelong obsession with reading.

This is beautifully presented and a true treasure, exactly what you should expect with the name Roald Dahl on the front cover.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always the Good wins!! 8 Sep 1999
By A Customer
First I heard of Matilda is when it was a motion picture... Unfortunately I could not see it and I have completely forgotten about it until I saw it. I am a great fan of Roald Dahl with his twists and I was searching some other books by him and I came across (no I actually, met) Matilda. She was smiling to me and without hesitation, she was in my basket!! I never regret that!! There are some books, that you can start reading over as soon as you finish it, and Matilda is one of them. She is very sweet and sensual and very clever. I felt from the very beginning that she deserves the best. I felt as if she is a real human being, living somewhere in England, and I felt I should go to her, find her, console her, mother her... The end is a classical fairy tale end, the good wins it all and the bad gets punished but this is something that we 20th century readers, "live-r"s forgot long, long ago.. The book remind me of the tales my grandmother used to tell me when I was a kid and I was fascinated with it. Now, whenever a little kid comes to me and asks me to tell a fairy tale, I tell her the story of the little Matilda, the kids love it.. Although I would love to have a child, I do not have one, and I am saving my Matilda, for my children, but I am sharing it with all the children. According to me, Matilda is the best children's book for our century, and maybe the best book Roald Dahl has written. I would very much like her to be an actual human being, but never growing up, and to be able to meet her and Roald Dahl face to face one day. The book is a savior for me when I am stressed or depressed, it reminds me that life is worth living for and every tunnel has a light at the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for everyone 15 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for my grandaughter to give her as an introduction to her 8th birthday present. This was a trip to London to see Matilda the musical so I appreciated that it was linked to the show. She loves reading Roald Dahl but Dad wanted to read it to her as he enjoyed it so much. The show was amazing, and like the book, addresses a lot of dark issues that can affect children and they really identify with both the book and the film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a fantastic book to read. 2 July 2004
By A Customer
Have you ever heard of a girl that has magical powers?
This book is about a girl that can do magic. Matilda has two horrible parents and a horrible brother. They have been very cruel to her and are mean to her because she is cleverer than them. She goes to school when she is 6 years old. She has a mean headmistress called Miss Trunchbull, and Miss Trunchbull throws somebody out of the window. Miss Honey, Matilda's teacher, is kind and nice.This book is all about how Matilda escapes from school and her parents.
My favourite character is Matilda because she is cleverer than everybody else.
My favourite part is when Miss Trunchbull swings a girl round by her hair and throws her across the playground.
I would recommend this book to people aged 7-11 because they would find it very funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter in every chapter! 19 Feb 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
This Roald Dahl classic, is definitely one of his best. The book not only has a terrific plot, and excellent characters, but also contains many issues that have to be faced by young Children. The book had me laughing throughout!
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I really enjoy reading Roald Dahl books even now I'm in my 20s. Kids book that never get old. Easy readers and very enjoyable with light sense of humour. Read more
Published 5 days ago by trebletess
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Good Value for money, but the product came damaged and should of been sealed when travelling with other items.
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Published 20 days ago by Jhifen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story but volume can be a problem.
My son and I loved the story - it kept him quiet for the whole time. It is engagingly narrated by Kate Winslet but just a word of warning - the volume goes up and down painfully. Read more
Published 23 days ago by The Willow Tree
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi
this was a really good book. I am 10and I really enjoyed it I let my 12 year old sister read It as well and she liked it too. I thing it is for 8 and over. bye peeps
Published 28 days ago by charlotte
4.0 out of 5 stars Roald Dahl
Excellent Dahl book as all his are
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Daughter loves it
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Bought it for my grandaughter, aged 6, she loves it!
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