By Roald Dahl - Matilda (Reprint) Paperback – Jul 17 2007
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Those that have read Roald Dahl's books will know that children in his stories face difficult and cruel situations from imposing figures of authority. This will not please certain parents or adults who may consider those things too scary and upsetting for children; even accusing those books of promoting rebellious ideologies. But to me those opinions are just rubbish and untrue. Instead, I think this book is an excellent way to warn children and adults that there are adults who have no respect for them and that it is essential to stand up to them. In fact, every time I have read Roald Dahl's books, I have always felt that he is one of those writers who treats children, and readers, with respect because he is showing to them the brutal truth about the world, the adults and the bullies - including those that are respectable authority figures - who think that they can get and do whatever they want because they have the higher power.
As for the audiobook version, I was amazed by Joely Richardson's reading.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Oh, I love this book. It is funny, some times suprising and most if all, soooooo good! This Matilda is such a interesting girl that I bet you will want to meet her in the book! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Freddylin
An excellent book for people of all ages...many lessons can be taken fro the textPublished 9 months ago by Jack Jones
Christmas gift for my granddaughter - quality pages and binding throughout and arrived prior to the expected delivery date!Published 20 months ago by Jan Longmore
I have loved this book since reading it as a child. Very fun! The movie is also great, maybe even better, which is rare.Published 24 months ago by T. Desrosiers
I LOVE IT!!!Ronald Dahl is a brilliant author!I'm giving the story 5stars because It totally deserves it!I LOVE how he makes me get feelings. Read morePublished on March 25 2014 by Molly Tudan
I liked this book because Matilda is a very smart girl and Roald Dahl has a great imagination also a very smart manPublished on March 21 2014 by Amazon Customer
Matilda is really a must-read book for both children and adults. It is allegedly Dahls' most mature and exquisite work. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2013 by Boyko Ovcharov