By Roald Dahl - Matilda (Reprint) Paperback – Jul 17 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
Delightful as always reading Raol Dahl's books. And I learned some lovely non-naughty nasty ways of calling unpleasant people. (Not as esoteric as Shakespeare----but still good)Published 2 months ago by A.E. Briggs
Although I think the idea of unloving, uncaring parents and a violent teacher are not ideal for teaching very young children to trust adults in positions of authority in their... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 6 months ago by Freddylin
An excellent book for people of all ages...many lessons can be taken fro the textPublished 12 months ago by Jack Jones
Christmas gift for my granddaughter - quality pages and binding throughout and arrived prior to the expected delivery date!Published 23 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 on Aug. 3 2014 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