- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; Colour ed edition (June 25 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141345160
- ISBN-13: 978-0141345161
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.5 x 26.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 721 g
- Average Customer Review: 272 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,779,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Matilda (Colour Edition) Paperback – Jun 25 2013
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The success of the recent movie version should encourage kids to read the hilarious, thought-provoking original novel. Matilda is a genius who not only has to deal with loud, obnoxious, idiot parents who scapegoat her for everything but with "the Trunchbull"! "The Trunchbull" is actually Miss Trunchbull the ex-Olympic hammer-thrower, Head Mistress of Matilda's school who has terrorized generations of students and teachers. When "the Trunchbull" goes after Miss Honey, the one teacher, the one person, who supports and believes in Matilda, our heroine decides it's time to fight back. Her parents and "the Trunchbull" don't stand a chance! Ages 7-12. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
A true genius - Roald Dahl is my hero! David Walliams --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.See all Product description
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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. Through her, Dahl takes some mighty fine cracks as his fellow kiddie lit authors. I was especially fond of the portion in which Matilda points out that though C.S. Lewis and Tolkien are fine writers, "There aren't many funny bits". And as we all know, Dahl is the master of the funny bit for kids. This book is chock full of them too. It contains all the usual peculiar Dahl touches (like kids being swung out of the playground by their pigtails) as well as practical jokes and nasty adults. The Trunchbull is perhaps THE nastiest adult ever to grace the pages of the Dahl world. Definitely unhinged, she abuses the children around her, coming just shy of actual physical contact. It is amazing then that Dahl doesn't dispatch of her in a violent or crazy fashion. She merely...disappears. Likewise Matilda's parents get their comeuppance by merely fleeing the country to Spain. Dahl was quite soft in his old age, it seems.
Reading this book today I was struck by how much Lemony Snicket owes to Mr. Dahl. Not just the usual adults-are-nasty-cruel-and-possibly-batty take, but the narrative voice as well. It took me a couple minutes to realize that this was Dahl talking and not Mr. Handler. Illustrated by Quentin Blake, the book is perfectly complimented by the illustrators' insane imaginings and concoctions. The Blake/Dahl pairing is often inspired, and it works to its best advantage here. I can't imagine this book without Blake's particular little pointy nosed heroine gracing the pages. For those parents who either don't approve of Dahl or just don't "get" him, I think "Matilda" is the perfect story to win them over. You'd have to be pretty hard of heart not to love its little heroine and the troubles she gets into. A charming treat to be enjoyed for years to come.
Matilda is a child genius stuck with her less than idyllic parents and brother. Her father is a used car salesman who more than fits into the typical view of this sort. Her mother is a bingo addict. Both of her parents find immense satisfaction in watching the ï¿½tellyï¿½ and eating TV dinners. They are also very confused and upset that Matilda spends her time reading; they feel itï¿½s distracting their nightly routine.
Matilda learns to read on her own with the help of the local librarian who gives her suggestions on what to read. In a very short period of time Matilda has read every childrenï¿½s book in the library and has moved on to adult literature. She accomplishes all of this before even entering school.
Her parents find Matilda as a major thorn in their sides, ï¿½a scabï¿½, and continually do horrific things to her. Her dad yells, calls her names, and doesnï¿½t listen to her all the while treating his son as a prince. Matilda decides to get back at her parents by using creative methods. These include using items like super glue and parrots. The reactions that ensue from the practical jokes are hilarious and make the reader somewhat envious that they didnï¿½t do the exact same thing when they were 4.
We follow Matilda through her adventures in school and her experiences with the dreaded Miss. Trunchbull and the wonderful teacher, Miss. Honey. Matilda fits right in and even though itï¿½s evident to everyone that sheï¿½s a genius, her classmates still love her. Her biggest dilemma is the school principal, Miss. Trunchbull with whom she fulfills her most creative and daring practical revenge.
Dahlï¿½s expert use of language and dramatic situations make this a perfect book to read aloud to your class. Students will love the witty comments and acts Matilda uses and their imagination will soar to jokes theyï¿½d like to complete in their own lives. Quentin Blakeï¿½s magical illustrations are the perfect complement to the story. Kids and adults will both like this book and find themselves re-reading it many times.
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