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Alexa D'Amico Title (italicize): Matilda
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator (if separate from author): Quentin Blake
Genre: Fantasy chapter book
Theme(s): Education, The Supernatural, Awe and Amazement, Fear, Youth, Violence, Family, Good vs. Evil
Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers.”
Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): Matilda is about a little girl who is neglected by her family. Because of this she reads a lot and becomes a very intelligent girl. This causes her to use her “mind powers” to move things and torment her family without actually moving things around with her hands.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1 (cut & paste): Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Matilda is an extraordinarily gifted four-year-old whose parents, a crass, dishonest used-car dealer and a self-centered, blowsy bingo addict regard her as ``nothing more than a scab.'' Life with her beastly parents is bearable only because Matilda teaches herself to read, finds the public library, and discovers literature. Also, Matilda loves using her lively intelligence to perpetrate daring acts of revenge on her father. This pastime she further develops when she enrolls in Crunchem Hall Primary School, whose headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is ``a fierce tyrannical monster . . . .'' Adults may cringe at Dahl's excesses in describing the cruel Miss Trunchbull, as well as his reliance on overextended characterization at the expense of plot development. Children, however, with their keenly developed sense of justice, will relish the absolutes of stupidity, greed, evil and might versus intelligence, courage and goodness. They also will sail happily through the contrived, implausible ending. Dahl's phenomenal popularity among children speaks for his breathless storytelling charms; his fans won't be disappointed by Matilda. Blake's droll pen-and-ink sketches extend the exaggerated humor. Ages 9-11. (Oct.)

Professional Recommendation/Review #2 (cut & paste): Children's Literature - Ellen R. Braaf
She taught herself to read by the time she was three. When she was four, she'd finished all the children's books in the library and moved on to Dickens, Austen, Hemmingway and H.G. Wells. Matilda Wormwood is a genius cursed with heartless, half-witted, self-centered parents. Her father is a dishonest used car salesman; her mother, a soap-opera addict whose idea of a gourmet meal is a TV dinner. Unconcerned with their daughter's education, they enroll her late in the Crunchem Hall Primary School. Matilda's prodigious talents are soon recognized by her teacher. Miss Honey tries to secure an advanced placement for her gifted student. However, the school's muscle-bound, kid-hating headmistress won't consider it. A sadist in green britches, Miss Trunchbull's cruelty knows no bounds. Matilda learns to tap into her psychic powers. With mind over matter, she frees Crunchem Hall from Trunchbull's reign of terror and secures Miss Honey's professional and financial future. Her own "happily ever after" comes when she convinces her parents to leave her in Miss Honey's care as they flee the country two steps ahead of the police. It's a quirky tale that's delightfully Dahl. 1998 (orig.

Response to Two Professional Reviews (3-4 sentences in your own words): Both review address the condition she is left in with her parents. They both also talk about how good she is at reading books and how much she enjoys literature. They point to the author’s talents and they way the book is written saying that children will be very amused by this book.

Ellen fantasy? its not fantasy. its fiction, only really weird fiction

McGee I think Matilda is a good book for young people (4th to 6th graders) to read because she is a young child with a crazy life. Roald Dahl is a wonderful writer.

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It can be enjoyed at all ages,that is just the most recommended.

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