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Penguin Putnam
This beloved Roald Dahl title is now available in a gorgeous hardcover classic edition.

Matilda is a brilliant and sensitive child, but her parents think of her only as a nuisance. When one day she is attacked by her odious headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to avenge herself!

Baker & Taylor
A 25th anniversary collector's edition of the popular classic by the award-winning late author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows the story of an exceptional little girl whose lazy parents dismiss her as a nuisance and who discovers in the wake of a cruel headmistress's bullying that she has a remarkable power with which to avenge herself.

Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking Kestrel, 1988
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780142424278
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Blake, Quentin


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Sep 20, 2019

I have seen the movie but never read the book before and the book is delightful!! Full of humor, a rare story that empowers not only girls, but also children. And the illustrations by Quentin Blake add another dimension of fun, joy, and humor. I am so very glad my adult daughter read this when she was young. The messages to children are positive, even with a very frightening power figure thrown in.

Jul 09, 2019

This is considered as one of my first I repeat FIRST childhood's best book ever. Not only do I enjoy reading the book I absolutely love rewatching the movie a million times. This book starts roughly with them adopting Matilda and in the middle of the book, little Matilda faces several fears. This book may relate to many kids who are adopted at a young age. During the end of this book, things get a little sweeter when Matilda finds a new home. I wouldn't want to give it all away but this book is a 10/10 recommend. The sooner you read it the better. Overall this book is phenomenal and I would definitely recommend it as it brought to me joy and happiness. @Bookworm5755 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

May 10, 2019

Matilda is so smart for a five years old. Miss. Truchbull is the worst person ever! I really liked the ending. I also liked the pranks that Matilda did to her father. It was funny and clever.

Jan 30, 2019

A most delightful guilty pleasure read…filled with the right amount of meanness that makes one want to really see a happy ending when all is set right! There is a wonderful audiobook version of this book read by Kate Winslet that is simply delightful. She does a myriad of voices and accents. Available on Overdrive.

Jan 23, 2019

This book is absolutely lovely. It is beautifully written and full of memorable characters, whether they be lovable or detestable, unfailingly good or downright wretched.

Nov 28, 2018

My favorite book by my favorite author!

vm510 Sep 10, 2018

Fantastic storytelling and great on audio. Definitely recommend for a family road trip - everyone in the family regardless of age would love this one.

Apr 12, 2018

This is my all-time favorite book! Matilda is so cute and smart, and is a real charm. Great for kids to learn that you don't have to be pushed around, if you use a little me power! Go, Matilda!

SPPL_Kristen Mar 25, 2018

I love a good found family story, and I especially love them when they star a smart young girl.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Perfect for book lovers of any age

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Apr 15, 2017

"D'you think I'm so stupid I'd glue this thing to my head on purpose?"

Jul 13, 2015

“I've always said to myself that if a little pocket calculator can do it why shouldn't I?”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Jul 13, 2015

“With frightening suddenness he now began ripping the pages out of the book in handfuls and throwing them in the waste-paper basket.
Matilda froze in horror. The father kept going. There seemed little doubt that the man felt some kind of jealousy. How dare she, he seemed to be saying with each rip of a page, how dare she enjoy reading books when he couldn't? How dare she?”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Jul 13, 2015

“Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Laura_X May 01, 2015

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.

Jun 10, 2014

“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.”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

What she needed was just one person, one wise and sympathetic grown-up who could help her.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

"We don't hold with book-reading," Mr. Wormwood said. "You can't make a living from sitting on your fanny and reading story-books."

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

Parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

The parents of the five-year-old Matilda Wormwood have no interest in their daughter, but if they did, they would have discovered that she is incredibly and unusually smart and gifted. Matilda taught herself to read at three years old, though the only actual books in the house were a cookbook and magazines. When she asks for a real book for herself, her father rudely turns her down. In spite of this, Matilda looks up the address of the local library, where she finishes all the children's books within a short time, thus leaving her to read adult novels, which she really enjoys. The librarian gives Matilda her own library card, and she is able to borrow books to read at home.

Mar 13, 2012

let your imagination go wild......


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Sep 20, 2011

Violence: Parents should note that the school's Headmistress slings children around by their hair, picks children up by their hair or ears, and otherwise terrifies the children under her care. This treatment may be frightening to very young children.

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