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The success of the recent movie version should encourage kids to read the hilarious, thought-provoking original novel. Matilda is a genius who not only has to deal with loud, obnoxious, idiot parents who scapegoat her for everything but with "the Trunchbull"! "The Trunchbull" is actually Miss Trunchbull the ex-Olympic hammer-thrower, Head Mistress of Matilda's school who has terrorized generations of students and teachers. When "the Trunchbull" goes after Miss Honey, the one teacher, the one person, who supports and believes in Matilda, our heroine decides it's time to fight back. Her parents and "the Trunchbull" don't stand a chance! Ages 7-12. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I actually read this book when I was a kid, but was reminiscing and decided to buy it and read it. I love this book. I've always loved this book, and always will.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a classic and wonderful book that helped define my childhood. It is very sad that this isn't yet available on kindle as would like to add it to my e-collection (already own... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Edward Chalk
Great book. Fair shipping, and accurate condition description.Published 16 days ago by Clark S. Stanfill
I bought a few, Roald Dahl books for my daughter, I loved them when I was,little andxshes a little reader and she loves them tooPublished 16 days ago by Angie
A great book for all little girls. It was worthwhile re-reading it.Published 17 days ago by Kathleen K Riethmann
The book Matilda was published in 1988 before the author, Roald Dahl's death in 1990. It is about a little girl named Matilda who had mean parents. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Hyped Reviewer
Loved the book. A true Roald Dahl classic that draws on all the magic of the Cinderella story and others. Engaging, poignant, a page-turner.Published 18 days ago by Marilyn Lanier