Matilda

by Dahl, Roald.

Format: Print Book 1988
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Summary
Now a musical!

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a menacing, kid-hating headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

Here is Roald Dahl's original novel of a little girl with extraordinary powers. This much-loved story has recently been made into a wonderful new musical, adapted by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Matilda Wormwood is a precocious little girl. By the time she was three, she could read the newspaper, and by age four, she'd finished all of the library's children's books and sat happily pinned under the weight of Great Expectations. Her parents, however, can see no value in reading. Mr. Wormwood is a cheat of a used car salesman and his wife is vain and vacuous. To them, Matilda is seen not so much as a genius, but as an inconvenient piece of gum stuck to the bottom of their shoes. Neglected but not dispirited, Matilda finally sees things turn around when she begins attending Crunchem Hall Primary School. Here, her kind teacher, Miss Honey, immediately recognizes how Matilda would have skipped straight to the top class if it weren't for the terrible Headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Dahl paints a wonderfully wicked picture of this heartless tank of a woman. She is a gigantic holy terror, a fierce tyrannical monster, who despises children and should generally be treated as if she were an enraged rhinoceros. One day Miss Trunchbull unjustly accuses Matilda of playing a prank on her, and all the girl's pent-up anger and frustration unleashes itself in a most magical way. Originally published in 1988, Matilda has established itself as a children's touchstone for good reason. The line between the heroes and villains is clearly drawn, revenge is applauded in a most satisfying way, and all victories are had at the hands of children. Dahl exaggerates to the point of absurdity, which makes his cruelest characters (usually adults) more comical than terrifying, a quality perfectly echoed in Blake's loose, cartoonish line drawings. Readers will revel in Dahl's wordplay and in bookish Matilda's triumphs. A fantastically funny and empowering story of happily-ever-after.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Matilda is an extraordinarily gifted four-year-old whose parentsa crass, dishonest used-car dealer and a self-centered, blowsy bingo addictregard her as ``nothing more than a scab.'' Life with her beastly parents is bearable only because Matilda teaches herself to read, finds the public library, and discovers literature. Also, Matilda loves using her lively intelligence to perpetrate daring acts of revenge on her father. This pastime she further develops when she enrolls in Crunchem Hall Primary School, whose headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is ``a fierce tyrannical monster . . . .'' Adults may cringe at Dahl's excesses in describing the cruel Miss Trunchbull, as well as his reliance on overextended characterization at the expense of plot development. Children, however, with their keenly developed sense of justice, will relish the absolutes of stupidity, greed, evil and might versus intelligence, courage and goodness. They also will sail happily through the contrived, implausible ending. Dahl's phenomenal popularity among children speaks for his breathless storytelling charms; his fans won't be disappointed by Matilda. Blake's droll pen-and-ink sketches extend the exaggerated humor. Ages 9-11. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Schools -- Fiction.
Humorous stories.
Publisher New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :Viking Kestrel,1988
Edition 1st American ed.
Contributors Blake, Quentin.
Language English
Description 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780670824397 (hc)
0670824399 (hc)
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