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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.
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published on September 1, 1994 by Red Fox
ISBN-10: 0099365812
ISBN-13: 9780099365815
363 Book Reviews
  • bsc
    bscover 1 year55 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
      fgteevfan2020over 1 year55 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
        bookgirlaaover 1 year55 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
          laelover 1 year
          its an absolute page turner you can't put it down
        • summerprince
          summerprinceover 1 year55 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
            ramzilla99over 1 year55 stars
            Matilda is vary smart kid but with dumb parents.
            • swirlycool
              swirlycoolalmost 2 years
              ooh i wanna read this book!
              • Millyalmost 2 years
                I love the book. It was amazing. Matilda is a very creative book 💫
                • devbaiba
                  devbaibaabout 2 years44 stars
                  Matilda is a very creative book.
                  • Devabout 2 years
                    Matilda was a very creative book.
                    • indecisive
                      indecisiveabout 2 years55 stars
                      Matilda is a sweet, kind, and exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a annoying immature kid. At school, she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a menacing, kid-hating headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by Miss Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. She has the ability to move items with only using her mind. Matilda loves to read and is really smart, but no one cares enough to notice. She plans revenge on her parents and anyone who hated on her. This is an amazing story and I do recommend it. I have seen the musical (Which was great!), the movie (Also great!), and the book (You guessed it! Great!). The play and movie did not disappoint. They were just as fun and whimsical as the book! Roald Dahl bring his characters to life and gives them personality. This is one of my favorite books by him. Thanks for reading.