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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered pa...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Puffin (first published 1988)
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Sandy Tjan
5 stars from my little girl, Jess (age 7).

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Comments while reading:

"Matilda's parents are sooo stupid!"

"What is a 'used car salesman'?"

"How does putting sawdust and oil in a car's gearbox make it run smoother?"

"The funniest parts are when Miss Trunchbull hurled the kids out of the classroom, and when the newt fell on her."

"How come Miss Trunchbull made Nigel stand with one leg up while facing the wall? That's a weird punishment."

"What?! Miss Honey's wicked aunt is Miss Trunchbull?"

"What i...more
Shayantani Das
Matilda is basically a child prodigy; she is 4 years old and a voracious reader. That is amazing, I know! But, Matilda is not the only character. There are the tyrannical parents who do not encourage reading, do not have a shred of love or sympathy for Matilda and basically hate Matilda for some unknown reason. They even abandon her without even thinking twice. Who does that???? Especially with out any sane cause.

Then there is her school life and enters Mrs. Trunchbull. She is evil. Not simply...more
Mariel
Nov 06, 2010 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cool people
Recommended to Mariel by: public school
"You chose books and I chose looks." Matilda's mom kills me. I chose looks. I like to look smart too, though. In high school my bro's friends would pick on me for owning so many books. I pretended to be dumb like Matilda and said I hadn't read any of the books and they were trophies to make me look smart. That answer was apparently the right thing to say (probably about the only time I've ever said the right thing either. If it is right to say either like eye-ther I said it like eee-thur, and so...more
Brian
I would like to write about how great this book is, but I think my 8-year old daughter does a much better review. She read the book aloud to my wife and me on our long road trip this week.

The non sequitur moment in her review brought to you by Spice, the howling cat.

Oh, and yes - Spoilers abound.
K.D. Absolutely
This is my third book by Roald Dahi (1916-1990). I did not plan to read this because I’ve already read his more famous (earlier) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) and his boyhood memoir, Boy: Tales of Childhood (1984) which are both included in the 501 Must Read Books that I am trying to read completely. However, the Filipinos group here in Goodreads selected this book as its bestseller read for this month, September 2011 so I had to buy and read this one too.

This book's main protagonist,...more
Lou
This was a fun read, even though the movie Matilda is heavily engraved in my mind and there was no real surprises when reading it. It was fun even though the young lad I was reading it with kept falling asleep two pages in, and I felt to finish in one night.
This story could be used as a manual to parents on how to NOT raise your kids and to all the Trunchbottoms, on how to Not teach children.
All the Trunchbottoms watch out their next pupil might just be like Matilda or up the ante maybe the gi...more
Heron
Oh Roald Dahl, you make my life complete. Matilda is one of those books for me. One of the books in my bookshelf, tattered and worn, pages falling out, that I will always go back to, no matter what the occasion. Dear, darling Miss Honey, Matilda's first grade teacher, is ever child's dream, and now that I'm older, every adult's dream as well. Miss Honey lives in a two room cottage with no running water, a camp stove, and wooden boxes for seats. She eats margarine instead of butter! Would that w...more
sj
My senior year in high school, I became friends with this girl that kind of way outclassed me.

I wore men's cords and snap up western shirts under tee shirts, and was often barefoot when I could get away with it (I kept my duct taped corduroy converse in my backpack and would just slip them on when I went into class)I dyed my hair every week and went to a lot of local punk and third wave shows (srsly, a lot - like at least two a week and I rarely paid my way in).

Contrast with E. who wore heels an...more
Jeanette
I have to wonder about Roald Dahl's childhood. His evil adult characters had to have come from his own nightmares. The kids always win against the grownups, though. Maybe that's why Dahl's books are so popular. Isn't it every kid's dream to get back at the big people who get to control your life just because they're big and you're little?
Some of Dahl's grownups are so absurdly cruel, it emphasizes the fact that there are a lot of adults who should not be allowed near children. (I'm thinking of...more
Nico
This book was almost *too* stimulating, too gloriously gratifying, when first I read it at a tender age: it's repulsively trite of me to say this, but I felt that it had been written expressly for me.

Just a few of its attractions:
- a fiendishly, freakishly precocious protagonist, whose precocity is depicted as a source of both value and supernatural powers. We're supposed to love Matilda *because* she's smart (a welcome relief from the nerd-bashing and suffocating averageness of other kids'-lit...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Despite Roald Dahl being my favorite author as a child (I loved The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the most), I never read this book as a child. I've also never seen the movie. I suspect my parents kept it from me, afraid of what my brain would do with the revenge fantasy theme. *grin* I do love the idea of extra brain power coming out in secret powers. I already had that fantasy as a child, so my parents couldn't keep it from me entirely.

This audiobook production is spectacular. Kate...more
Florencia
June 23, 2013

Another wonderful memory of my childhood. Sort of. I read this book years ago (I won't say how many, of course), and I loved it. My dear grandma (my Goodreads back then) bought it for me. I read it as fast as I read Little Women. I just couldn't put it away. Amazing story, nice writing, funny descriptions of... kind of awkward situations. Really good book. A book that I no longer have because I lent it to someone and that someone NEVER gave it back to me. So, if you, "someone", have...more
Sherien
This is a funny yet heartfelt moving story about a small girl who comes from a hellish family but shows a tender heart and an optimistic personality. Very inspiring! While reading this, I can’t stop thinking I wish I had a brain like her especially the ability to read all those great novels in a very early age. Unlike Matilda, my mom was the one doing the reading job when I was 5 years old...LOL!

Every one should read this no matter what age…
J.

While I personally love a book about a child prodigy (especially in the area of telekinesis), I had a different reaction to this book while rereading it as an adult. As a kid I thought Matilda was awesome, she was intelligent and independent. As an adult I see this as a book about gross neglect and a commentary on absentee parenting and its role in our children's education.



I come from a county where the dropout rate is high and everyone wants to blame the teachers, but no one identifies the rea...more
Denize Teo
Jun 11, 2008 Denize Teo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mr Tony and M5 students
Recommended to Denize by: Dad, and mom
This book is about a girl who is just 4 and is already a genius. Her parents dislike her and call her names. Her teacher, Miss Honey, thinks that Matilda is a very bright girl and can advance to the next grade. But the headmistress, a fierce and angry bull, named Miss Agatha Trunchbull, stopped Miss Honey. Miss Honey told Matilda's parents about her. But did not care. Matilda always thought that Miss Honey was a great teacher, and visited her too. She then realised, that Miss Trunchbull, is her...more
James
Yesterday, I had my first shift at what is essentially my dream job, manning the stacks at an independent bookseller, and after I was left to familiarize myself with the store's idiosyncratic system of organization (read: get paid to browse the same store I've spent hundreds of hours browsing for free) I foolishly flipped open Matilda for the first time in fifteen years and found myself fitfully choked up at "has Mr Dickens written any others?" and again at "don't worry if you don't understand s...more
Nora
A wonderful story that's actually more complex than it first appears to be. While some of the atrocities committed by the Trunchbull and Matilda's parents were so outrageous as to be comical, I found myself feeling so sad for poor Matilda. She's a sweet, smart girl with a horrible family who can't seem to fit in. Thankfully, there is a happy ending to balance out my sad feels. :-)
Hanbi Ko
Jan 02, 2008 Hanbi Ko rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids
Matilda is an extrodinary 5 year old girl with amazing mental powers with her eyes and brain. She lives to do anything to get rid of the school's principal and finds a new family with a teacher in her grade while her family is moving. She is willing to always try her best and shares her thoughts to everyone. She gives hope to others and she finds happiness.
Emma
Aug 07, 2008 Emma rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All children, some adults, anyone with a good imagination
Recommended to Emma by: Mum bought me it
Matilda... well what can I say. This is embarrassing but... I AM Matilda. At least I was, when, aged eight, I read ten library books a week and was obsessed with every single book I could get my hands on. I adored Roald Dahl, and I adored this book.

Roald Dahl has got a brilliant, unique voice which I think most adults (in my experience) just don't get, but kids naturally love and understand. His stories are full of relatable charaters but magic, wonder, gooey gross stuff (kids love that) and ta...more
Namratha
Roald Dahl is the grand-daddy of children’s fiction. And weirdly enough, I hadn’t read a single one of his books. Eventually, good sense prevailed and lo!......there’s Matilda.

Matilda is a child-prodigy. Barely five-years old, she is wise and articulate. She is blessed with a thirst for reading and is also cursed with the vilest excuses for parents. They are self-absorbed, mindless twits who could have crushed the will of a lesser child. But for Matilda, exacting revenge on the Wormwoods (aptly...more
Shakiba  Mim
کلاس سوّم دبستان بودم. از شهرکتاب خریده بودیمش. وقتی اومدیم خونه، نشستم و یه‌ضرب رفتم جلو انقدر که شیفته‌ش شده بودم، عاشقش شده بودم. بعد از این‌که خوندمش، صبح فردا، رفتم و انقدر با خانواده راجعش صحبت کردم و اندر مزایاش گفتم که بابا ازم گرفت که بخوندش. یادمه توی اون مدّت یه‌ بار، یه‌ بار، حتّی یه‌ بار هم سرش رو بلند نکرد. حتّی با ما هم صحبت نکرد. موقع ناهار هم غذاش رو تندتند خورد و پاشد بقیه‌ش رو خوند. بعد که تموم شد تازه نشست کلّی صحبت کرد ازش. تا به حال هم به هرکسی پیشنهادش کرده‌م -حتّی پارسال،...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I love Matilda! I've read it so many times! It's such a wonderful and creative book. I also enjoy it because I don't think any author would dare to write anything like it today. It's a classic.
Ashton Hosford
I LOVED the excellent word choice and the detail in this book. I felt like I could have pushed a print button and the vivid image in my mind could have been made into a tangeable picture.
Dante
I like this story. But I'm not sure how to classify it. Can it be called a novella?

The plot, basically

Matilda is a very, very intelligent kid. She is just 4 or 5 years old, but she already has a very advanced mind. She loves reading books and seems to be a math genius. Unfortunately, she has a very mean and problematic family. Her parents hate her, and they neglect her all the time.

She goes to school and meets the terrifying Miss Trunchbull. Miss Trunchbull runs the whole school, and she is fear...more
Salymar
This book's protagonist, Matilda is a precocious, intelligent and telekinetic little girl who has ignorant and dimwitted parents. Lately, Matilda begins schooling and encounters a loving schoolteacher named Miss Jenny Honey. She is astonished by Matilda’s implausible intellectual abilities to the point that she even wants to move her into a higher class, but the school's unsympathetic headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who disciplines the pupils with abusive physical punishment, turns her down. Miss...more
Madeline
Her parents were very mean. Miss Trunchbowl, the headmistress was mean, too. Every day when Matilda's mother went to Bingo, Matilda went to the library. Miss Phelps was the librarian. I liked Miss Phelps. She was nice to Matilda. She picked books out for her. First she picked books out of the children's section, and Matilda read them all. And then she went to the grownup books. When she arrived at kindergarten she could do all the tables up to 12, and she could add numbers like a flash of lightn...more
Nikki
Bought myself the Kindle edition of this, because I love it so and I'll be glad to carry it around with me. It's my favourite Roald Dahl book of all, I think. The Kindle edition includes Quentin Blake's illustrations, which in my view is necessary. The film version of Matilda was very good, and well-cast, but Blake's illustrations are the first faces I have for the characters, and it's amazing how he gives them life.

Roald Dahl's writing is as quirky and fun in this book as ever, though maybe a b...more
Stepheny
Matilda was such a great read. I didn’t know what to expect when I first downloaded the audio version. I had seen the movie years ago and absolutely loved it. I was in no way disappointed by the book! I am looking forward to checking out some more of Ronald Dahl's works! :)
Alex
Roald Dahl understands perfectly that the interests of children, which are to get into as many things as possible as thoroughly as possible, and the interests of adults, which are to get children to shut up and sit down, are not just incompatible but war. Reading him brings me back vividly to a time when the daily battle was to get around the unpredictably cranky obstacles of grown-ups in order to get to the important things, like climbing all the way through that culvert to see where it comes o...more
Helen Pate
Mar 27, 2008 Helen Pate rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: kids-fiction
This is my favorite Roald Dahl book. Matilda has a pretty yucky home life and school isn't much better for her. She discovers a talent she didn't know she had that turns everything around. Pretty funny and a dose of sweet revenge.
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a...more
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