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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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Since Roald Dahl published his first children�s book, The Gremlins in 1943, children as well as adults have enjoyed his mystical fun-filled adventures. Dahl�s use of language and character development has earned him a spot among the greatest children�s writers. Matilda is no exception. The book is a series of mischievous, clever, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking circumstances where the reader becomes completely captivated by Matilda.
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 �telly� and eating TV dinners. They are also very confused and upset that Matilda spends her time reading; they feel it�s 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 children�s 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, �a scab�, and continually do horrific things to her. Her dad yells, calls her names, and doesn�t 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 didn�t do the exact same thing when they were 4.
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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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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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