- Reading level: 7 - 9 years
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK; Latest Edition edition (1 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780141365466
- ISBN-13: 978-0141365466
- ASIN: 0141365463
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Customer Reviews: 982 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Matilda (Dahl Fiction) Paperback – 1 February 2019
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**Plot: Matilda Wormwood is a five-and-half-year-old intelligent girl who has eager for knowledge and she adopts every thing very quickly. Her parents always neglected her ability and never encourage her.So she took retaliation by pranking with them and give them lessons. They send her to Miss. Trenchbull's school. Trenchbull is tyrannical,terrorizes students. There she was befriended with Miss. Honey, Who appreciates her ability. Matilda has an unexpected power of telekinesis, which she reveals after the newt episode in front of miss Honey. Atleast she got Miss Trunchbull out of the school and Mr. Trilby took the position. At the end, Miss. Honey adopts Matilda and they live happily.
***Moral::The moral of the story is that even if you are smaller or younger, if you set your mind to it you can achieve anything.
For the longest time, I had this urge to read the works of Roald Dahl. But given the childish nature of his books, I kept away and engaged myself in what one would call more age-appropriate books. It wasn't until recently that I decided to give in to my inner child and laid my hands on Matilda, a classic children's story though I read it as an adult now because frankly, I don't seem to remember him as a child.
Geniuses are seldom born, and rarer are the cases where they are recognized in their childhood. One such child was Matilda. An extraordinary child born to ordinary parents, Matilda was never treated well. In fact, the way her parents, Mrs. And Mr. Wormwood behaved with her made one feel that she wasn't their own blood. That wasn't the case with her brother Michael. He was pampered, half the reason behind it was that he was a "He" and the other half, was Matilda's fault. You see, she was an exceptional child and as unlike her family as one could be. She liked to read and despised the television she was forced to watch during dinner, which according to her parents was an insult to them. They were so pissed at her for being their child, they didn’t even think about putting her into a school until someone pointed out. Once in school, Matilda thought she finally had something to look forward to, and her teacher Ms. Honey was a sweetheart to her, but the headmistress Mrs. Trunchbull was no less than a monster. So, Matilda, as grown as an adult and yet a child, took matters into her own hands; to find a way for herself to read, to find a way to teach her father a lesson for all the insults he threw her way, to find a way to help poor Ms. Honey escape the clutches of the horrendous Mrs. Trunchbull and last, but not the least, to find a way to escape from her horrible parents.
Although I had watched the movie adaptation of Matilda years ago and more recently when I came across it on a streaming platform, it didn’t stop me from it being my first ever Roald Dahl. I had thought it would be safe if I gave the book a shot because having watched the movie already, I knew what was going to happen (and it is so unlike me!) With so many options to choose from, Matilda seemed likable. Now that I’ve been introduced to the Dahl world, I know it’ll be a long beautiful journey.
Written in the third person, the writing was lucid and flowed smoothly. The seamless transition of the years was great, I hate pauses and detached chapters. Despite the story length being not too long, I finished it off in a day in multiple sittings, the characterization was splendid. Each of the characters was presented so expertly that there was no room for assumptions. The only character that didn’t find much scope and space was the brother Michael, whom I thought should have had an episode with Matilda. It would have been lovely to see the sibling comradery or the lack of it. LOL. The illustrations, however, or whatever those scribblings of a doodle were, did no justice to the lovely characters and their antics. Such a descriptive book and such unimaginative pictures! I have never been more disappointed.
The primary characters of the story, Matilda and Mrs. Trunchbull, make up for an interesting feuding pair, the former being an easily infuriated girl and the latter, an obnoxious kid-hating woman. It was fun to see their banter, or rather see the woman reprimanding the kids nastily and the girl giving out justice by counter reprimanding the woman in her own funnily innocent ways. The imagination of the author, ah, it was a breath of fresh air from the past. Ms. Honey, for me, was the strongest person in the story. Her acceptance and knowing the importance of mental health, that peace is more important than revenge, made her stand out in front of the other characters.
A humorous story with a beautiful message, Matilda is a must-read for you and your child. And yes, a message to all the grown-ups, treat the children well, they are much more accomplished and not helpless at all.
very bad and her parents who don't like reading
books and likes watching the television. Book is good and its for first level easy breezy readers.
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Ronald Dahl was the first author I remember reading growing up, and I passed this passion to my own don more recently.
Matilda, as I’m sure you’re aware, is a classic, hilarious, story of Matilda Wormwood, raised by idiotic parents, who uses her superior intellect to get the better of them. After being sent to the imposing Crunchem Hall Matilda befriends her teacher, Miss Honey, and helps her reclaim her rightful inheritance
My son thinks this is the funniest of Dahls books - and the one which he re-reads most often. The film adaptation is ok, but fails to capture the charm & wit of this source material.
Author: Roald Dahl
Price on Amazon: Paperback £3.85 Kindle: £4.99
Matilda is no ordinary young girl, aside from her extreme intelligence at such a young age she also has a magical mind. Having been told all her young life she is a scab by her father and ignored by her mother, bullied by her terrible head mistress Miss Trunchbull. Matilda is now out to teach the adults in her life a lesson they will never forget.
Everyone knows the famous story of Matilda by Roald Dahl, it is a children's favourite all over the world with people such as David Walliams saying Dahl is his hero, who doesn't love a Roald Dahl story. Even now at the age of 26 I still read his book. Matilda is one of my favourite books by Dahl and got me into a lot of trouble as a child, like Matilda I was very smart for my age and this didn't go down well with the adults around me. I always related to Matilda as a child and to this day I still love to read it. The book is funny and well written and shows how children can outsmart the adults in their lives. It shows what perseverance and hard work can achieve. It is a lighthearted read and a book I shall reread over and over again. Five stars for this book.
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Matilda’s parents are even more odious in this than in the 1996 movie and there are charming scenes in this not found in the movie. The first half of the book I adored and the second half remained entertaining.
This is so staying in my re-read pile.
99p on Amazon 13th September 2019.
As I anticipated from the Dahl stories I knew from childhood as well as “Tales of the Unexpected”, this is a highly imaginative tale with some fabulous characters. As with many of the best children’s books, it is better written than a lot of novels aimed at an older audience. I liked that fact that while the concepts and characters are highly appealing to readers young and old, the style allows younger readers to expand their vocabulary in a way that can only make learning fun and encourage exploration of the joys of language. As for the Quentin Blake illustrations, they are spot on and highly enjoyable.
Now, I’ll watch the old movie version and will look forward to the play later. There is magic in this story, an ability I believe, like RD, living inside all of us. We just need to see it.
For the skeptics, the author offered explanation of the magical encounters. That would have satisfied an adult’s questioning the reality they expect. But as a child, or that childlike playful spirit, there is no question, magic is a norm.
Ah.. it’s like an affirmation, everything is going to turn out great. A magical read it is.
Ronald Dahl is an author you can trust. I read and enjoyed his books as a kid and my niece has read several stories but not Matilda. Brought it and not a peep from her all afternoon as she spent all that times reading through the book. She's enjoyed it so much i've brought her tickets to the musical as a surprise!
The book came very quickly and a lovely little card with book with a personal touch would use seller again top notch service