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Matilda (Dahl Fiction) Kindle Edition
*A very special edition, celebrating everyone's favourite young genius! Includes tips and activities for creating your very own story, and incredible pull-out illustrations of Matilda all grown-up*
'A true genius - Roald Dahl is my hero' - David Walliams
These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: you are not alone.
Matilda is a brilliant child with a magical mind.
But her parents have decided she's just a nuisance who wastes too much time on reading and stories.
And her headmistress Miss Trunchball is a terrible bully, who thinks children are rotten and awful and should be locked up.
Now it's time for Matilda to find the power to change her story, and show them just how extraordinary children can be . . .
This very special version of Matilda includes writing tips to tell your OWN story, and pull-out-and-keep grown up Matilda illustrations to inspire you to think big, big, BIG!
- ASIN : B002VISN9E
- Publisher : Puffin; 1st edition (6 March 2003)
- Language : English
- File size : 72408 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 48,388 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A hilarious story of a girl with mind of a scientest. i loved it the whole way througe.perfect for most ages. thete are sweet to Monstrous characters to laugh about. all jamed together to creat a heart warming story with a happy ending. all from Rould Dahls imagination. I think tht the only problem is that it may be a little frightning for youngeer kids and there is not very nice name calling. But anyway altogether entertaining! wish i could give ten stars! 5 it is!
(Rachel Li, seven years old)
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From Lena. \/ <------ me trying to do a love heart.
So when I saw that the next challenge was to ‘read a children’s classic’, there was really only one choice. To re-read what was absolutely my favourite Dahl book of them all: Matilda.
Why? Several reasons. The characters are just – there’s no other word – perfect. Matilda herself, the astonishingly gifted and yet modest child prodigy who had taught herself to read by the time she was three and do long multiplications by the age of five. Matilda’s weaselly parents, her father in particular, who is so self-absorbed in his own (misguided) belief that he is a genius that he fails to even notice the amazing talents of his daughter right under his nose. The formidable headmistress Miss Trunchbull, who, in common with many other Dahl baddies, manages to be terrifying and yet hilarious at the same time. And the wonderful teacher Miss Honey, who is the first adult to appreciate Matilda for who she is and treat her almost as an equal. Even though your own children’s talents are more modest, don’t you want them to have a teacher like that?
Then there’s the storyline. Matilda’s little acts of mischief to get back at adults who have behaved unfairly towards her had my nephew – and probably me at a similar age – rubbing his hands together in glee. (Though if he ever tries any of them on me, I may have to do a Trunchbull myself and throw him out of a window.)
This though, for me, is why Matilda is just so special. It manages like nothing else I’ve read before or since to convey the wonderful power of reading. I remember first reading it at the age of 10 or so and being inspired to read Animal Farm by George Orwell and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. (I think I tried something by Dickens as well, but he proved to be well out of my league. He probably still is.) Dahl’s own critique of CS Lewis, as voiced through the words of a small child, is nothing less than brilliant.
But perhaps most of all, I just love, love, love this quote:
“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
Having read it again as an adult, I actually feel a bit disappointed in myself that I haven’t read anything by Hemingway or Kipling. But this just shows how long the written word can continue to inspire. Thanks entirely to Dahl, more than 30 years after his death, I may have to do something about that.
As I anticipated from the Dahl stories I knew from childhood as well as “Tales of the Unexpected”, this is a highly imaginative tale with some fabulous characters. As with many of the best children’s books, it is better written than a lot of novels aimed at an older audience. I liked that fact that while the concepts and characters are highly appealing to readers young and old, the style allows younger readers to expand their vocabulary in a way that can only make learning fun and encourage exploration of the joys of language. As for the Quentin Blake illustrations, they are spot on and highly enjoyable.
Author: Roald Dahl
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Matilda is no ordinary young girl, aside from her extreme intelligence at such a young age she also has a magical mind. Having been told all her young life she is a scab by her father and ignored by her mother, bullied by her terrible head mistress Miss Trunchbull. Matilda is now out to teach the adults in her life a lesson they will never forget.
Everyone knows the famous story of Matilda by Roald Dahl, it is a children's favourite all over the world with people such as David Walliams saying Dahl is his hero, who doesn't love a Roald Dahl story. Even now at the age of 26 I still read his book. Matilda is one of my favourite books by Dahl and got me into a lot of trouble as a child, like Matilda I was very smart for my age and this didn't go down well with the adults around me. I always related to Matilda as a child and to this day I still love to read it. The book is funny and well written and shows how children can outsmart the adults in their lives. It shows what perseverance and hard work can achieve. It is a lighthearted read and a book I shall reread over and over again. Five stars for this book.
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