Matilda (Random House Modern Classics)

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Matilda is a child prodigy - a far cry from her illiterate, thuggish parents. Although her teacher understands her, her formidable headmistress doesn't, and life is tough until Matilda finds out the headmistress's dark secret.

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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centred parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school mistress, Mrs ("The") Trunchbull, a former hammer- throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience and an innate talent for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defence of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable--the big surprise comes when Matilda discovers a new, mysterious facet of her mental dexterity. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The truly reader cares about Matilda because, in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.

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"The undisputed master-storyteller . . . Artful, funny, profoundly inventive and touched with the blessed knowledge of how to tap the basest in a child's nature and lead it towards the best" ( Daily Mail)

"Roald Dahl invented a new kind of literature for children full of the awful and gross - an exagerration of the everyday underpinned by serious observations about our best and worst inclinations" ( Waterstones Books Quarterly)

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Book Description Random House First H/Back pictorial boards VG 230pp profuse b/w drawings by the author 7 5 x 5 300g, 1994. One of Dahl's greatest stories, Matilda, a sensitive and brilliant child is treated like a scab, by her parents, Miss Trunchbull, her formidable headmistress is even worse and life is pretty tough for Matilda, until she discovers her particular psychic power that might just make all the difference. Bookseller Inventory # 5305

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Book Description Random House Modern Classics, UK, 1994. Decorative Boards. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued. Quentin Blake (illustrator). First Thus. Good condition book; no inscriptions etc. No d/w as issued. decorative boards. Bumps to corners. Illustrations in b/w by Quentin Blake. Matilda is brilliant. Her parents and headmistress fail to see that she is a genius. Oneday Matilda sets out to get her own back on all of them, with quite astonishing results. Size: 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Children. Bookseller Inventory # 015755

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