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Now a musical!

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a menacing, kid-hating headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

Here is Roald Dahl's original novel of a little girl with extraordinary powers. This much-loved story has recently been made into a wonderful new musical, adapted by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published on November 22, 2016 by Puffin
ISBN-10: 0141369361
ISBN-13: 9780141369365
366 Book Reviews
  • ivanto1
    ivanto1over 1 year55 stars
    This is a very nice book about a genius girl who gets ignorant parents who don't notice she is a genius. It is very interesting and funny.
    • eagle_fan11
      eagle_fan11over 1 year55 starsFeatured
      Matilda is about a little, intelligent girl who loves to read. She goes to a school with a lovely, kind teacher called Miss Honey however her head teacher, Miss Trunchbull, is wicked, villainous and locks the children in the dreaded 'chokey'! She spends most of the day alone while her mother, father and brother are out. Her parents are horrible and they act like they don't love her. This leads to Matilda discovering that she has magical powers! The characters in the story are good because they all have different personalities. Lavender is Matilda's friend who places a newt in Miss Trunchbull's jug of water. One day, the children have to go to a very important assembly where Bruce Bogtrotter is made to eat a whole chocolate cake. This part of the story was hilarious. The only negative about this book is that it is not long enough! We would recommend this story to children above 6 years old (junior school age) because some of the language is quite difficult to read and some words are a bit offensive. It would also be appropriate for adults. Read the book to find out whether the children get their own back on Miss Trunchbull!
      • redrobin
        redrobinalmost 2 years44 stars
        so cool!
        • madeleinepanda
          madeleinepandaabout 2 years55 stars
          I love this book! A timeless classic. I've read it over and over. The movie is actually pretty good, and it stars Mara Wilson.
          • bsc
            bscabout 2 years55 stars
            "You were born into a family that doesn't appreciate you, Matilda." Matilda is a fun, extremely smart, and kind girl. Ignored and told she was annoying by her family, Matilda's home life is pretty bad. But one day Matilda decides to walk over to the library by herself. Her mother, who is away and doesn't care that Matilda's gone, is at bingo. Matilda finds a cookbook which she checks out, along with other books. And oh, how her life changes just with the library! She can read in her room with hot chocolate- and isn't a problem to anyone. Now it is time for Matilda to go to school. She will be starting kindergarten and dearly hopes that it will be fun. Matilda's wish is half granted. She has friends and a wonderful teacher- Miss Honey. They only downside is that the principle: Ms. Trunchbull is horrible. She hurts kids and makes them cry. But after a very particular visit from Ms .Trunchbull, Matilda thinks she knows how to make Ms. Trunchbull pay for her foul ways, and her parents- with a little mind power. Such a good Roald Dahl classic! Happy reading!
            • fgteevfan2020
              fgteevfan2020about 2 years55 stars
              Matilda is a young girl who is very smart and loves books . But her parents treat her like garbage and pc only care for cars and tv .When she heads to school for the first time, she hopes it will be different,it was ! She has a lovely young teacher called miss sweet and makes lots of new friends !But there was a problem ,Miss trunchball the school principal is horrible to her students and swings them around by the head ! There are also strange things going on , can Matilda with the help of the people she loves , solve the mysteries ? Who knows ?! Matilda is a thrilling exiciting book about a young girl who uses powers and friendship stop the evil in her world ! I love this book and I believe that Roalds Dahl is one of the greatest children authors of all time ! ( other than j.k Rowling of course ! ) this book is a great book for young readers to learn new words with there parents or for older readers as an exciting book ! I rate this book 5 stars !
              • bookgirlaa
                bookgirlaaabout 2 years55 stars
                Matilda is a young girl who is very smart and loves books . But her parents treat her like garbage and pc only care for cars and tv .When she heads to school for the first time, she hopes it will be different,it was ! She has a lovely young teacher called miss sweet and makes lots of new friends !But there was a problem ,Miss trunchball the school principal is horrible to her students and swings them around by the head ! There are also strange things going on , can Matilda with the help of the people she loves , solve the mysteries ? Who knows ?! Matilda is a thrilling exiciting book about a young girl who uses powers and friendship stop the evil in her world ! I love this book and I believe that Roalds Dahl is one of the greatest children authors of all time ! ( other than j.k Rowling of course ! ) this book is a great book for young readers to learn new words with there parents or for older readers as an exciting book ! I rate this book 5 stars !
                • lael
                  laelabout 2 years
                  its an absolute page turner you can't put it down
                • summerprince
                  summerprinceabout 2 years55 starsFeatured
                  Matilda is very fun. She's a smart kid but with parents that not know about her smartness. She also has a brother called Micheal. He's rather useless, but the parents thinks that Micheal is smart which he isn't. Then one day when her Matilda's mom when out for bingo, Matilda went out for the library . She enters and the Librarian asks if she wants any younger book for her, Matilda refuses and asks where the big children's books are. The Librarian shows her the way. Matilda is full of Funny, Cool and useless things, I hope you all like it. Btw the book is different than the movie so i recommend reading the book first than watching the movie. I watched the movie first and when i red the book it was confused. So read the book first :)
                  • ramzilla99
                    ramzilla99about 2 years55 stars
                    Matilda is vary smart kid but with dumb parents.
                    • swirlycool
                      swirlycoolover 2 years
                      ooh i wanna read this book!