"A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" - David Walliams
"So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone."
Matilda is the world's most famous bookworm, no thanks to her ghastly parents.
Her father thinks she's a little scab. Her mother spends all afternoon playing bingo.
And her headmistress, Miss Trunchbull?
She's the worst of all.
She's a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey.
Despite these beastly grownups trying to push her down, Matilda is an extraordinary girl with a magical mind.
And she's had enough.
So all the terrible adults had better watch out, because she's going to teach them a lesson they'll never forget!
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.
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Great book, but....
Love the story and the writer.
But the person that typed it up should be given the sack. IT was spelt with a T instead of an I and thousand was spelt ousand.
There are many more petty mistakes, but when you pay £5 for a book you expect the words to be spelt correctly.
I do anyway.
Matilda: My Review
The story of Matilda begins with the young but brilliant protagonist, Matilda Wormwood. Shown to be a gifted young genius, she still faces her tribulations in her own parents and ex-Olympian headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. But the day she finds solace in her teacher, Miss Honey, is the day little Matilda learns that when life gets tough, the best way to overcome the challenge is not to get fight with the same aggression but to embrace your cunning and trust your power within yourself. After being published in 1988, Matilda joined the roster that would make up Roald Dahl's legendary literary legacy. The lesson of Matilda is another message that still resonates within much of the youth in society. ‘You are never to young to stand up for yourself and others’ I believe that this is an important lesson to learn for the youth because of how society views teens as angsty and unfeeling and young children as happy and naive. The lesson of Matilda applies to people of all ages and should never be forgotten by anyone. Truly a worthy piece of The Roald Dahl legacy and a nostalgic, inspiring and empowering find that also has a touch of humour and plenty of heartfelt moments to spare.
It was a great book if u like funny stories then I recommend this to I