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Matildaby Roald Dahl
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Matilda is a genius. Unfortunately, her family treats her like a dolt. Her crooked car-salesman father and loud, bingo-obsessed mother think Matilda's only talent is as a scapegoat for everything that goes wrong in their miserable lives. But it's not long before the sweet and sensitive child decides to fight back. Faced with practical jokes of sheer brilliance, her parents don't stand a chance.
"Matilda is an extraordinarily gifted four-year-old whose parents are a crass, dishonest used-car dealer and a self-centered, blowsy bingo addict. They 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." Publishers Weekly
"Roald Dahl has done it again....Matilda will surely go straight to children's hearts." The New York Times Book Review
"It's a quirky tale that's delightfully Dahl." Children's Literature
"A love letter to the joys of reading and the possibility of being yourself, even when your family thinks you very strange." The Telegraph
"There could hardly be a better heroine for today's children. She is super-intelligent and a voracious reader of challenging literature." The Times (UK)
"Sheer delight! Roald Dahl at his best." The Scotsman
"I read Matilda for the first time when I was 38 and I was rolling on the floor. Roald Dahl is like a cool teenager. The coolest." Parent's Choice
For hundreds of kids, "The Trunchbull" is pure terror. For Matilda, she's a sitting duck. Roald Dahl is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, and his books have been children's favorites for generations. Puffin is proud to offer a strong new look for nine of our classic Roald Dahl titles. The distinctive cover treatment, with new art by Quentin Blake, will make these books easily recognizable. In addition, Quentin Blake's funny, quirky illustrations now appear in all of the books. So turn the page and you'll be sure to have a "Dahl-ectable" summer!
Now reissued — Dahl's tale of a sweet five-year-old little girl with extraordinary mental powers that she uses to teach her school's evil head mistress a lesson she'll never forget.
About the Author
Roald Dahl is, quite simply, one of the best-loved children's book authors of all time. He died in 1990 in Oxford, England, at the age of 74.
Quentin Blake has illustrated most of Roald Dahl's children's books. The Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, he teaches illustration at the Royal College of Art in London.
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