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Matilda Paperback – August 16, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
I chose it over cable T.V.
The words in the story just tickled me pink,
After a while it made me think,
I'm glad Roald Dahl wrote this story,
If you read it, you won't be sorry.
Action-packed, and full of laughter,
I was splitting my sides just right after.
Page after page, I was stuck in the book,
And if you ask me its better than it looks.
I'm happy I found The Big Friendly Giant,
To read it again, I wouldn't mind it!
By Lori Schneider
This book left me searching for the complete works of Roald Dahl.
The heroine of this little book also carries its name. Matilda is incredibly intelligent, even as a small child. Living with her boorish parents and oblivious brother, she teaches herself to read from the various magazine and newspapers lying about the house. Her parents are completely indifferent to their only daughter and it is only by playing small tricks on them when they've been particularly nasty that little Matilda is able to keep a hold on her sanity. By age five and a half Matilda has read all the children's books in the library and quite a few of the adult ones as well. On entering school for the first time, our protagonist comes face to face with a very worthy enemy. The Head Teacher, Miss Trunchbull, is the worst kind of dangerous violent adult. It is only through Matilda's cleverness that she is able to come to the aid of her teacher, Miss Honey, and save the school from the Trunchbull's insanity.
As I mentioned before, Matilda is just the nicest kid ever. Intelligent without ever becoming pig-headed. Nice without becomes precious. She's just a swell child all around.Read more ›
A total fantasy novel lies behind the mask of a British school tale.
Roald Dahl crossed the line into the utterly unbelievable by making his villains so incredibly bad. It's preposterous, and funny. So while this is a book that prominently features bullying, intimidation, horrible insults, and violent mistreatment of children, it isn't scary at all -- instead, it is funny.
It's the vocabulary words and the quality of the writing that get me. Superb.
As a read-aloud mom, who can read it and share the laughs with my family, I love this book. Still, I have to caution parents to pre-read it before you give it to your children. There is over-the-top anger, name-calling, and violence directed at kids -- and the kids take revenge in dangerous and harmful ways. We treat this the same way we treat Tom and Jerry or Sylvester and Tweety bird -- total fantasy. Don't behave like that. Isn't it funny?
Parents are the best judges. Give it a try.
Parent notes: truly awful name-calling, raging adults, parental abandonment, revenge against adults, mixing chemicals for revenge, lots of Forbidden Words, and a nice message in there about practice gets you to your goal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was printed incorrectly and 30 pages were missing.Published 12 minutes ago by Amazon Customer
The book was at our door within two days and my grandson loved the book!Published 15 hours ago by Susan Swift
Just finished reading this to my 5 year old. It was just the right pace for him. It is funny and enjoyable to read aloud.Published 16 hours ago by Dishla9
Author: Roald Dahl
Read by: Kate Winslet
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Length: Approximately 4 Hours, 18 minutes (4 CDs)
Source: Review Copy... Read more
I have never read this before but the trailer for the movie looked so good and I just had to give it a read. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by David
My daughter is going into the 3rd grade this year and I really wanted to teach her that most books are even better than the movies that are made about them. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Amanda J Branum