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Matilda
By Roald Dahl

Matilda

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Book Awards

  • Winner of Children's Book Award 1988.

Book Description

Winner of the Children's Book Award.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780435123987
ISBN-10: 043512398X
Format: Hardback
(194mm x 132mm x 16mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Heinemann
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Publish Date: 9-Mar-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Reviews

US Kirkus Review » After some autobiographical excursions, Dahl here returns to the sort of whimsically grotesque fantasy that makes grown-ups wince and children beg for more. His heroine is five-year-old Matilda, a genius whose mathematical abilities, as well as her impressive reading list (Hemingway, Steinbeck, etc.), are totally unappreciated by her father - a dishonest used-car salesman - and her mother, a devotee of bingo and TV soaps. Only when the girl enters school does she find an understanding ally, Miss Honey, a paragon of virtue who attempts to defend her pupils against unbelievably cruel headmistress Miss Trunchbull, who hates children in direct proportion to their youth and tortures them accordingly. Just when things seem to be at their worst, Matilda discovers still another gift, telekinesis, enabling her to defeat the horrible Trunchbull and give Miss Honey, and herself, a new start. Dahl's tightly woven plots, his strict sense of absolute justice, and his raunchy "funny bits" make him popular with children who also appreciate the empowerment he grants to his smaller, weaker protagonists. Matilda is the most simplistic of his efforts in this direction, but it does retain the time-honored appeal, abetted by Blake's apt illustrations. It probably should be marked "For Children Only," though. And Dahl slips badly when he says that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien have no "funny bits" in their books. (Kirkus Reviews)


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