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By Roald Dahl - Matilda (Reprint) Paperback – Jul 17 2007

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  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (July 17 2007)
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Format: Paperback
Originally published in 1988, "Matilda" was one of the last books author Roald Dahl wrote before his death in 1990. Most authors as they age become more cynical and dour. Think of the final writings of Dickens or Twain and how bitter they seemed in their late years. Then look at "Matilda". Here we have a sweet charming little piece of literature about a girl that is both good and interesting. Creating characters that you identify intrinsically with is not only difficult but (in children's books) sometimes near impossible. Reading "Matilda", it becomes clear that Roald Dahl never lost his touch for creating wonderful original characters and situations.

The heroine of this little book also carries its name. Matilda is incredibly intelligent, even as a small child. Living with her boorish parents and oblivious brother, she teaches herself to read from the various magazine and newspapers lying about the house. Her parents are completely indifferent to their only daughter and it is only by playing small tricks on them when they've been particularly nasty that little Matilda is able to keep a hold on her sanity. By age five and a half Matilda has read all the children's books in the library and quite a few of the adult ones as well. On entering school for the first time, our protagonist comes face to face with a very worthy enemy. The Head Teacher, Miss Trunchbull, is the worst kind of dangerous violent adult. It is only through Matilda's cleverness that she is able to come to the aid of her teacher, Miss Honey, and save the school from the Trunchbull's insanity.

As I mentioned before, Matilda is just the nicest kid ever. Intelligent without ever becoming pig-headed. Nice without becomes precious. She's just a swell child all around.
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Matilda is a five and half year old genius. She is neglected by her parents, but still manages on her own to advance her education beyond her years by reading books. To punish her parents, for their lack of interest in her and for their mishandling of her upbringing, she decides to play some practical jokes on them (or especially on her father who is a crooked car salesman). As a parent of two girls who are 5 and 7 I was a little apprehensive about appearing to give approval to some of the things Matilda does, so I had to remind my girls that this was just a story, and they seemed to understood (or at least I hope they did.) As the story progresses Matilda goes to school for the first time, and has to do battle with the evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull, who is an ex-Olympic hammer thrower. She has been terrorizing the school for years by physically abusing all of the children who do not measure up to her standards. She especially hates the younger children. If they do anything wrong, she twirls them around by their hair as if they were a hammer and throws them out windows and across the schoolyard to help her stay in shape. The kids would go home and complain to their parents, but the stories about the headmistress would be so outrageous that none of the parents believed they could be true. The kids were left to deal with the headmistress on their own.
Matilda's first grade teacher Miss Honey is extremely nice. She is the first person to recognize Matilda's brilliance and wants to help Matilda reach her full potential, but Ms. Honey has problems of her own, and isn't strong enough to face the Trunchbull either. Since Matilda is being held back and is not allowed to use her brain to the fullest of it's potential, a force builds up inside of her.
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Format: Paperback
Matilda is one of Roald Dahl's many great books and stories. Roald Dahl is such a creative writer that if i were to put down everything i like about him it would take up two journals, and that's just his children's books! So i will tell you my favorite. Well here they are.
First off, i love how much detail Roald Dahl puts in his writing. He doesn't just put: "Enter," said the Trunchbull. He writes a scentence like this. '"Enter," boomed the deep and dangerous voice of Miss Trunchbull.
Secondly, he puts so much livelyness into his work. Roald Dahl writes it like you are write there, at that time, with one of the characters, feeling the tension or happiness. It feels like you are experiencing it live.
My favorite character was the Trunchbull. I really enjoy the way she acts, it's like a cobra. She gets all sweet and quiet wen she becomes dangerous. Miss Trunchbull also shows no mercy what so ever. She'll hold a boy by his ears if he can't spell the word "what".
The plot of this story was entertaning and meaningful, (which didn't suprise me at all when i knew it was written by Roald Dahl). It was perfect, just what you don't expect with a little girl growing up in alittle family don't give a hoot about her or her education. Yet you want her to grow up going to good schools and you hate her parents because they don't care about her, and you do.
I like the way the events are written in Roald Dahl's writing. He doesn't just hammer the events ll down at once, he puts an event, then a breather, then an event, then a breather, and so on.
I have come to an end on the "preview" that i did on Matilda, because, as i said in the begining; it would take at least two journals. So if i were to give this book a rating, 1 being the best, 10 being the worst, i would give it a 1. And i hope as many people did and will enjoy Roald Dahl as i do.
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