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Matilda
Now on Broadway!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,...
Now on Broadway!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,...
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  • Now on Broadway!
    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.

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    The Trunchbull let out a yell. . .

    The Trunchbull lifted the water-jug and poured some water into her glass. And suddenly, with the water, out came the long slimy newt straight into the glass, plop!

    The Trunchbull let out a yell and leapt off her chair as though a firecracker had gone off underneath her.

    She stared at the creature twisting and wriggling in the glass. The fires of fury and hatred were smouldering in the Trunchbull's small black eyes.

    "Matilda!" she barked. "Stand up!"

    "Who, me?" Matilda said. "What have I done?"

    "Stand up, you disgusting little cockroach! You filthy little maggot! You are a vile, repellent, malicious little brute!" The Trunchbull was shouting. "You are not fit to be in this school! You ought to be behind bars, that's where you ought to be! I shall have the prefects chase you down the corridor and out of the front-door with hockey-sticks!"

    The Trunchbull was in such a rage that her face had taken on a boiled colour and little flecks of froth were gathering at the corners of her mouth. But Matilda was also beginning to see red. She had had absolutely nothing to do with the beastly creature in the glass. By golly, she thought, that rotten Trunchbull isn't going to pin this one on me!

    Puffin Books by Roald Dahl

    The BFG

    Boy: Tales of Childhood

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

    Danny the Champion of the World

    Dirty Beasts

    The Enormous Crocodile

    Esio Trot

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George's Marvelous Medicine

    The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

    Going Solo

    James and the Giant Peach

    The Magic Finger

    Matilda

    The Minpins

    Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes

    The Twits

    The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

    The Witches

    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

    Roald
    Dahl

    Matilda

    illustrated by Quentin Blake

    PUFFIN BOOKS

    For Michael and Lucy

    The Reader of Books

    Mr Wormwood, the Great Car Dealer

    The Hat and the Superglue

    The Ghost

    Arithmetic

    The Platinum-Blond Man

    Miss Honey

    The Trunchbull

    The Parents

    Throwing the Hammer

    Bruce Bogtrotter and the Cake

    Lavender

    The Weekly Test

    The First Miracle

    The Second Miracle

    Miss Honey's Cottage

    Miss Honey's Story

    The Names

    The Practice

    The Third Miracle

    A New Home

    The Reader of Books

    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.

    Some parents go further. They become so blinded by adoration they manage to convince themselves their child has qualities of genius.

    Well, there is nothing very wrong with all this. It's the way of the world. It is only when the parents begin telling us about the brilliance of their own revolting offspring, that we start shouting, "Bring us a basin! We're going to be sick!"

    School teachers suffer a good deal from having to listen to this sort of twaddle from proud parents, but they usually get their own back when the time comes to write the end-of-term reports. If I were a teacher I would cook up some real scorchers for the children of doting parents. "Your son Maximilian", I would write, "is a total wash-out. I hope you have a family business you can push him into when he leaves school because he sure...

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  • DOGO Books valench - Written by: Roald Dahl Illustrated by: Quentin Blake Reviewed by: Valentina Ch (age: 9) Matilda is a five year old girl that has two bad, evil, nasty, ugly parents. She learns to read and write on her own. She also starts going to school with the other five year old children but she is very ahead. During all the days at school, she discovers that she has a special power. What is it? Will her parents stop treating her the way they do? Will some things change for her? Read this book to discover the answers to all these questions. My favourite scene was when Miss Trunchbull, the headmistress, makes Bruce eat a whole chocolate cake because she thinks he will never finish it. You will have to read it to see if he can finish it or not. I like this book because some parts are very funny, like this one: “The Trunchbull let out a yell and leapt off her chair as though a firecracker had gone underneath her. And now the the children also saw the long thin slimy yellow-bellied lizard-like creature twisting and turning in the glass, and they squirmed and jumped about as well, shouting...” I also recommend Roald Dahl's books because he entertains the reader by exaggerating everything. Surprise is essential in his books. All the characters are amazing and the way Quentin Blake illustrates them matches perfectly. I loved Roald Dahl´s idea of giving Matilda powers because it makes the story very interesting. Since it has some difficult words so I recommend this book to 9, 10 and 11 year old children. READ IT!!!
  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 1, 1988
    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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