Googles, January 22, 2011 (view all comments by Googles)
Roald Dahl is now my favorite author after reading Fantastic Mr.Fox, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and this book. In 2010 i read it about 8 times!!!
Anytime I feel down or upset I will pick it up and read some of it. So I've probably only read the book cover to cover 10 or so times but it's probably my favorite story ever. I;ve read parts of it so much that my copy is falling apart. Scotch tape works wonders....
I find it hard to critique this book as it is one of my favorites and when I read it I just get lost in the story. I think that being it's one of the books that has stayed with me from childhood I have a very special bond with the characters in this book.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Roald Dahl has done it again....Matilda will surely go straight to children's hearts."
by Children's Literature,
"It's a quirky tale that's delightfully Dahl."
by The Telegraph,
"A love letter to the joys of reading and the possibility of being yourself, even when your family thinks you very strange."
by The Times (UK),
"There could hardly be a better heroine for today's children. She is super-intelligent and a voracious reader of challenging literature."
by The Scotsman,
"Sheer delight! Roald Dahl at his best."
by Parent's Choice,
"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."
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