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‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a children’s novel by British writer Roald Dahl. Matilda won the Children’s Book Award in 1999. It was published in 1988 by Jonathan Cape in London, with 232 pages and illustrations by Quentin Blake. It was adapted as an audio reading by actress Kate Winslet, a 1996 feature film directed by Danny DeVito, a two-part BBC Radio 4 programme starring Lauren Mote as Matilda, Emerald O’Hanrahan as Miss Honey, Nichola McAuliffe as Miss Trunchbull and narrated by Lenny Henry, and a 2010 musical.

In 2012 Matilda was ranked number 30 among all-time children’s novels in a survey published by School Library Journal, a monthly with primarily US audience. It was the first of four books by Dahl among the Top 100, more than any other writer.

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  1. Pingback: ‘The Magic Finger’ by Roald Dahl | Campion Reads

  2. Matilda is about a small girl who has cruel, rude and mean parents. She also has a very rude brother.When her father used to go to work , when her brother went to school and when her mother went for bingo , she would read all of the newspapers and magazines which were in the house at the age of three. When she was five, she would take a small bag and go to the library across the road , she’d take all of the children’s library books and read them and then after a few years when she finished reading all of the children’s books she then started reading all of the adult books.Her parents and brother never knew that she would read and go to the library when they were not there.One fine day Matilda’s father decided to introduce her and her brother to his business.He’d get broken cars and stick temporary pieces and sell them them for a profit of at least a thousand rupees.Matilda hated her fathers job and tried to stop him but she couldn’t.Matilda always wanted to go to school but couldn’t. However, after Matilda pleaded about ten times, her parents agreed.Her Principal was very strong , fit and was a champion in the Olympics.She was very rude , mean , cruel and evil too.Her punishments were the worst, sometimes she would throw the children , lock them up in prickly door and sometimes even kick , punch and even push them.Matilda only had one friend.Matilda’s class teacher was the best and her name was Miss Honey.Matilda was very intelligent and was smarter than many adults and extremely quick in Maths too.When her teacher realized that Matilda was very smart , she went to the principal and told her. But the Principal thought that Miss Honey was trying to trick her, because she thought that Matilda was a very mischievous child.She didn’t agree.One day Matilda figured out that she had magic in her finger that she could move things without even touching it. But no one believed her that she had magical powers. Matilda and Miss Honey had become very good friends and were nearly as good as family members.Since Matilda and Miss Honey had become such good friends, Miss Honey told Matilda that her father had died when she was a child and her mother was very cruel to Matilda and never treated her as a child.Actually the cruel and unkind mother was the Principal of the school.To take revenge Matilda scared the principle so badly that she ran away from her house and the country because Matilda had used her magic finger to move stuff all around and ordered the Principal never to be seen again.Then Miss Honey became the Principal of the school and Matilda always went to Miss Honey’s house (which actually the Principal’s but now it is miss Honey’s since she was her daughter). One day when Matilda and her family were shifting, Matilda had quietly taken adoption papers from the library and told her parents to sign , luckily they sadly signed and left.That was the best thing they had ever done for Matilda.Finally Miss Honey’s and Matilda’s wish had come true to get a perfect family.They reassembled the house, changed the places of the furniture and lived happily ever after.

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  3. The things that I like about the book Matilda is that It is very funny, interesting and has good and funny characters.My favourite part of the book is when Matilda was scaring the Principal with her magic finger by moving things with her magic finger and ordering her to go away from the house , out of the country and never to be seen ever. It is a tremendous book because it is about a smart , very well behaved and intelligent girl who has terrible and horrible unfair parents who hate her.

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