Matilda

Matilda

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Matilda, a brilliant, sensitive little girl, uses her talents and ingenuity to seek revenge on her crooked father, lazy mother, and the terrifying Miss Trunchbull, her wicked headmistress, and save her beloved teacher, Miss Honey.
Publisher: New York :, Puffin Books,, [2007, 1988]
Copyright Date: ©1988
ISBN: 9781101654316
1101654317
9788499326214
8499326218
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (240 pages) : illustrations.
Additional Contributors: Blake, Quentin

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An absolute classic that needed to be on this list about a young girl's love for books and her special powers.

Published in 1988 and winner of the Children's Book Award, Matilda uses her magic for mischievous mayhem to right the wrongs of her story.

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alex_m Jan 10, 2016

"The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Apr 05, 2020

One of my favourite stories! Love this one so much!

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Lindseycruz
Feb 09, 2020

This was a really great book!! Five star. Any 90's kid who grew up watching the movie if you haven't read the book or if you have and just haven't read it in a long time just read it again. I've only seen the movie it was my first time reading the book and I loved it. Anyone who loves the movie check out the book as well it was a great read.

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FloraWest
Jan 31, 2020

It's always a good time for a book about a smart, determined girl who pushes back against tyranny and stupidity. Go Matilda!

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CASSIE ERIN KELLEY
Dec 11, 2019

As a child who loved to read, I was enthralled by the story of a young, precocious girl coming up against terrific and terrible obstacles. Full of hope for the future and love for goodness, this book will take you back to the realm of childhood.

From her terrible parents to the awful headmistress of Crunchem Hall, the odds are stacked against Matilda. But with a genius intellect and a smattering of revenge, she wormed her way into my heart. What child doesn’t dream of getting back at the unfair grownups?

In this tale of books and people, both good and bad, everybody can recapture the sense of childhood no matter how far away it might be. Recommended for children and parents alike, take a trip to discover Matilda Wormwood and her incredible powers, both mental and otherwise.

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betsymarzoni
Sep 20, 2019

I have seen the movie but never read the book before and the book is delightful!! Full of humor, a rare story that empowers not only girls, but also children. And the illustrations by Quentin Blake add another dimension of fun, joy, and humor. I am so very glad my adult daughter read this when she was young. The messages to children are positive, even with a very frightening power figure thrown in.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 09, 2019

This is considered as one of my first I repeat FIRST childhood's best book ever. Not only do I enjoy reading the book I absolutely love rewatching the movie a million times. This book starts roughly with them adopting Matilda and in the middle of the book, little Matilda faces several fears. This book may relate to many kids who are adopted at a young age. During the end of this book, things get a little sweeter when Matilda finds a new home. I wouldn't want to give it all away but this book is a 10/10 recommend. The sooner you read it the better. Overall this book is phenomenal and I would definitely recommend it as it brought to me joy and happiness. @Bookworm5755 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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HORSES20
May 10, 2019

Matilda is so smart for a five years old. Miss. Truchbull is the worst person ever! I really liked the ending. I also liked the pranks that Matilda did to her father. It was funny and clever.

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ccmccolligan
Jan 30, 2019

A most delightful guilty pleasure read…filled with the right amount of meanness that makes one want to really see a happy ending when all is set right! There is a wonderful audiobook version of this book read by Kate Winslet that is simply delightful. She does a myriad of voices and accents. Available on Overdrive.

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zoeythekat
Jan 23, 2019

This book is absolutely lovely. It is beautifully written and full of memorable characters, whether they be lovable or detestable, unfailingly good or downright wretched.

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HeidiLibrarian
Nov 28, 2018

My favorite book by my favorite author!

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spikemore
Apr 15, 2017

"D'you think I'm so stupid I'd glue this thing to my head on purpose?"

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Faithm6
Jul 13, 2015

“I've always said to myself that if a little pocket calculator can do it why shouldn't I?”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

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Faithm6
Jul 13, 2015

“With frightening suddenness he now began ripping the pages out of the book in handfuls and throwing them in the waste-paper basket.
Matilda froze in horror. The father kept going. There seemed little doubt that the man felt some kind of jealousy. How dare she, he seemed to be saying with each rip of a page, how dare she enjoy reading books when he couldn't? How dare she?”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

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Faithm6
Jul 13, 2015

“Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Laura_X May 01, 2015

It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.

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Crumbj
Jun 10, 2014

“It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

What she needed was just one person, one wise and sympathetic grown-up who could help her.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

"We don't hold with book-reading," Mr. Wormwood said. "You can't make a living from sitting on your fanny and reading story-books."

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

Parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

The parents of the five-year-old Matilda Wormwood have no interest in their daughter, but if they did, they would have discovered that she is incredibly and unusually smart and gifted. Matilda taught herself to read at three years old, though the only actual books in the house were a cookbook and magazines. When she asks for a real book for herself, her father rudely turns her down. In spite of this, Matilda looks up the address of the local library, where she finishes all the children's books within a short time, thus leaving her to read adult novels, which she really enjoys. The librarian gives Matilda her own library card, and she is able to borrow books to read at home.

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H22818313
Mar 13, 2012

let your imagination go wild......

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jgrnlees
Sep 20, 2011

Violence: Parents should note that the school's Headmistress slings children around by their hair, picks children up by their hair or ears, and otherwise terrifies the children under her care. This treatment may be frightening to very young children.

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