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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, 352 pages
Published on August 23, 2011 by Puffin
ISBN-10: 0141341246
ISBN-13: 9780141341248
362 Book Reviews
  • kate2021
    kate20215 months55 stars
    I liked the book but I did not see the movie.
    • khue
      khue10 months55 stars
      Love it everyone
      • sprinklesweetie
        sprinklesweetieabout 1 year55 stars
        This is a good book for second grade and up. That is all I can say for now because I am exhausted and it is early morning!!
        • firedroplet
          firedropletabout 1 year44 stars
          This book is about a smart 5 year old girl named Matilda. She is very intelligent. Her dad cheats on his job and the only person who understands her smartness is her teacher, Miss Honey…
          • waterdroplet
            waterdropletabout 1 year55 stars
            I really enjoyed this book. It's about a girl who is five year old girl who has horrible parents. Her mother doesn't care about education and prefers looks while her father is a criminal who is cheating at his job. The only person who understands her is her teacher who sees how much potential Matilda has. But then Matilda and her parents have to leave. What then happens to Matilda's friendship with her teacher?
            • bro19
              bro19over 1 year55 stars
              I like this book a lot. It is very nice on a girl named Matilda. Her parents don`t like her and treat her like a scab. What happens to her now?
              • 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
                    redrobinover 1 year44 stars
                    so cool!
                    • madeleinepanda
                      madeleinepandaover 1 year55 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.