Matilda

Matilda

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered pa...

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Title:Matilda
Author:Roald Dahl
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Matilda Reviews

  • Grace Tjan

    5 stars from my little girl, Jess (age 7).

    SPOILERS!

    Comments while reading:

    "Matilda's parents are sooo stupid!"

    "What is a 'used car salesman'?"

    "How does putting sawdust and oil in a car's gearbox make it run smoother?"

    "The funniest parts are when Miss Trunchbull hurled the kids out of the classroom, and when the newt fell on her."

    "How come Miss Trunchbull made Nigel stand with one leg up while facing the wall? That's a weird punishment."

    "What?! Miss Honey's wicked aunt is Miss Trunchbull?"

    "What i

    5 stars from my little girl, Jess (age 7).

    SPOILERS!

    Comments while reading:

    "Matilda's parents are sooo stupid!"

    "What is a 'used car salesman'?"

    "How does putting sawdust and oil in a car's gearbox make it run smoother?"

    "The funniest parts are when Miss Trunchbull hurled the kids out of the classroom, and when the newt fell on her."

    "How come Miss Trunchbull made Nigel stand with one leg up while facing the wall? That's a weird punishment."

    "What?! Miss Honey's wicked aunt is Miss Trunchbull?"

    "What is a will?"

    "I'm glad that Matilda can live with Miss Honey."

  • Darth J

    While I personally love a book about a child prodigy (especially in the area of telekinesis), I had a different reaction to this book while rereading it as an adult. As a kid I thought Matilda was awesome, she was intelligent and independent. As an adult I see this as a book about gross neglect and a commentary on absentee parenting and its role in our children's education.

    I come from a county where the dropout rate is high and everyone wants to blame the teachers, but no one identifies the rea

    While I personally love a book about a child prodigy (especially in the area of telekinesis), I had a different reaction to this book while rereading it as an adult. As a kid I thought Matilda was awesome, she was intelligent and independent. As an adult I see this as a book about gross neglect and a commentary on absentee parenting and its role in our children's education.

    I come from a county where the dropout rate is high and everyone wants to blame the teachers, but no one identifies the real problem of parents or caregivers not taking an active role in their child's schooling. To many of them, school is free babysitting and nothing more. They take no interest in helping their children succeed and tell the educators that it is their job to teach the children, disavowing any responsibility of their own. Once in a while you have a special case like Matilda who decides to work on her education on her own, despite the indifference of her parents. But more often these children turn into cases for Child Protective Services (or the equivalent) due to the negligence occurring in their home lives.

    Matilda gets her happy ending, but most children in similar situations do not. Reread this as an adult with the above perspective and you will find a chilling tale of a child trying to create something better for herself than the toxic circumstances she was born into.

  • Ariel

    Absolutely delightful. I really wish I'd read this when I was a kid - I would have related to and loved Matilda so much! I like that this is a book for children that doesn't cater to them - it treats them like intelligent beings. The plot was exciting, the characters fun, and the themes interesting.

    All together I've only read two Dahl books now (Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) but I definitely want to keep reading them!

  • Elyse Walters

    The best!!! Thanks to Samra!!!! She brought back great memories....

    This was a favorite of my daughters when she was around 8 or 9 years old.

    Some books just make you smile --connect mothers and daughters reading together --

    make us laugh - and remind us of simple pleasures.

    This is 'that' type of book!

  • Starjustin

    5 stars for another Roald Dahl masterpiece! He adds a way of life, in the form of magic, to his characters. Many have mentioned to me that they read several of his books when they were children. I guess I am just one of those people that missed out reading him when I was younger however, I am extremely happy to discover him now and know that my grandchildren are reading his books also.

    This story was made into a movie also and I can't wait to see it. I highly recommend reading Roald Dahl if you

    5 stars for another Roald Dahl masterpiece! He adds a way of life, in the form of magic, to his characters. Many have mentioned to me that they read several of his books when they were children. I guess I am just one of those people that missed out reading him when I was younger however, I am extremely happy to discover him now and know that my grandchildren are reading his books also.

    This story was made into a movie also and I can't wait to see it. I highly recommend reading Roald Dahl if you haven't already experienced this author. Enjoy!

  • Raeleen Lemay

    This book was so great! I do enjoy the movie a bit more, but nevertheless this will always be a favorite of mine. I also really want to re-read some more Roald Dahl books now!

  • James

    gets 4+ out of 5 stars for his knock-it-out-of-the-park story,

    , from 1988. For some reason, I thought this was published before 1988, but I know I read it when I was 13, so... must have been right then. I thought it was great. Looking back years later, and seeing all the films and cartoons made from it, I love it even more. While she's a good role model in many ways for young kids, she's all a little too spunky and might give some the wrong impressions. Neverthe

    gets 4+ out of 5 stars for his knock-it-out-of-the-park story,

    , from 1988. For some reason, I thought this was published before 1988, but I know I read it when I was 13, so... must have been right then. I thought it was great. Looking back years later, and seeing all the films and cartoons made from it, I love it even more. While she's a good role model in many ways for young kids, she's all a little too spunky and might give some the wrong impressions. Nevertheless, with the right guidance, she can be someone to look up to.

    Not everyone gets the best parents, family, teachers and friends. And when you don't, you better be a smart girl to be able to make it on your own. And that's what she is... brilliant, funny, witty, sarcastic, friendly... everything all wrapped up into 1 adorable young girl. She has a few adventures, tries to make things happen and shows the world who she. And that's all we can ask for! Great book. Great story. Lots to see and learn. Definite re-read some day!

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  • Miranda Reads

    - and not only because of the freaky telekinetics.

    When I first read this book as a fifth grader, I absolutely connected with her.

    I would spend

    with my mother, steadily reading my way through a pack of books. It was my dream to say,

    - and not only because of the freaky telekinetics.

    When I first read this book as a fifth grader, I absolutely connected with her.

    I would spend

    with my mother, steadily reading my way through a pack of books. It was my dream to say,

    Unfortunately,

    but I firmly maintain that if my mother took me to a (significantly) smaller library then I (maybe) could've said Matilda's signature line.

    Two, very important things:

    1) Matilda belongs to an absolutely terrible family.

    Her father cheats people out of their money, her mother is downright nasty and her older brother complaisantly watches as she's harassed.

    2) Matilda is an absolute genius.

    She began

    Every time she showed the least bit of exceptional talent, her family would maliciously shoot her down.

    and in a few rather clever pranks on her folks.

    When Matilda is old enough, she is sent to primary school, in Miss Honey's class. She immediately becomes attached and

    When Mrs. Trunchbull -

    - picks on Matilda's class, Matilda soon discovers several extremely rare and eccentric talents that will knock Mrs. Trunchbull off her feet.

    This was

    So many wonderful memories were relived during this reread - and wow. They certainly didn't censor kids books back then!

    Narrated by Kate Winslet - absolutely stunning. I can only imagine what her face looked like when she used the "Trunchbull" voice. If you're itching for a reread - definitely pick up the audio!!

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  • Bookdragon Sean

    is a lovely little book. It’s a book about standing up against bullies (no matter who the bullies are.) It’s also a book about learning to live with yourself, about being who you are despite the pressures those who are supposed to love you may exert on your personality. It’s a book written for readers and one that establishes so firmly why reading is so damn important in a world that is becoming increasingly detached from the things that truly matter in life.

    I wish I’d read it when I wa

    is a lovely little book. It’s a book about standing up against bullies (no matter who the bullies are.) It’s also a book about learning to live with yourself, about being who you are despite the pressures those who are supposed to love you may exert on your personality. It’s a book written for readers and one that establishes so firmly why reading is so damn important in a world that is becoming increasingly detached from the things that truly matter in life.

    I wish I’d read it when I was a kid.

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