Matilda by Roald Dahl


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-centered parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school p...

Details Matilda

Release DateJun 1st, 1998
PublisherPuffin Books
GenreYoung Adult, Childrens, Humor

Reviews Matilda

  • Raeleen Lemay
    This book was so great! I do enjoy the movie a bit more, but nevertheless this will always be a favorite of mine. I also really want to re-read some more Roald Dahl books now!
  • Ariel
    Absolutely delightful. I really wish I'd read this when I was a kid - I would have related to and loved Matilda so much! I like that this is a book for children that doesn't cater to them - it treats them like intelligent beings. The plot was exciting, the characters fun, and the themes interesting.All together I've only read two Dahl books now (Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) but I definitely want to keep reading them!
  • Darth J
    While I personally love a book about a child prodigy (especially in the area of telekinesis), I had a different reaction to this book while rereading it as an adult. As a kid I thought Matilda was awesome, she was intelligent and independent. As an adult I see this as a book about gross neglect and a commentary on absentee parenting and its role in our children's education. I come from a county where the dropout rate is high and everyone wants to...
  • Miranda Reads
    Does anyone really, truly love to learn as much as Matilda? Books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone. She is such an inspiration - and not only because of the freaky telekinetics. When I first read this book as a fifth grader, I absolutely connected with her. FINALLY! someone who likes to read as much as me! I would spend hours at the library with my mother, steadily reading my way through a pack of books. It was my...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Matilda is a lovely little book. It’s a book about standing up against bullies (no matter who the bullies are.) It’s also a book about learning to live with yourself, about being who you are despite the pressures those who are supposed to love you may exert on your personality. It’s a book written for readers and one that establishes so firmly why reading is so damn important in a world that is becoming increasingly detached from the things...
  • Grace Tjan
    5 stars from my little girl, Jess (age 7).SPOILERS!Comments while reading:"Matilda's parents are sooo stupid!""What is a 'used car salesman'?""How does putting sawdust and oil in a car's gearbox make it run smoother?""The funniest parts are when Miss Trunchbull hurled the kids out of the classroom, and when the newt fell on her.""How come Miss Trunchbull made Nigel stand with one leg up while facing the wall? That's a weird punishment.""What?! Mi...
  • James
    Book Review Roald Dahl gets 4+ out of 5 stars for his knock-it-out-of-the-park story, Matilda, from 1988. For some reason, I thought this was published before 1988, but I know I read it when I was 13, so... must have been right then. I thought it was great. Looking back years later, and seeing all the films and cartoons made from it, I love it even more. While she's a good role model in many ways for young kids, she's all a little too spunky and...
  • Starjustin
    5 stars for another Roald Dahl masterpiece! He adds a way of life, in the form of magic, to his characters. Many have mentioned to me that they read several of his books when they were children. I guess I am just one of those people that missed out reading him when I was younger however, I am extremely happy to discover him now and know that my grandchildren are reading his books also. This story was made into a movie also and I can't wait to see...
  • Elyse
    The best!!! Thanks to Samra!!!! She brought back great memories....This was a favorite of my daughters when she was around 8 or 9 years old. Some books just make you smile --connect mothers and daughters reading together --make us laugh - and remind us of simple pleasures. This is 'that' type of book!
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    What a delight.
  • Banny Kirsten Marie Reviews
    What a lovely story this was... Matilda by Roland Dahl was the first book i had ever heard all the way threw by audiobook. My brother Clay who is obsessed with the study of birds carefully layed the book beside him just to get a good listen to the story. My sister who was tending to my mom's coffee and takeing care of me while i was very sick had to stop by the liveing room a few times this morning to also get a good listen to what was happening ...
  • Mark
    Last year I read a book by Enid Blyton that I had not read since childhood and I decided that from time to time I would continue to re-examine my childhood reads.So this time I chose a book by the very excellent Roald Dahl, Matilda.Matilda holds something for everyone. Obviously, a children's book but it is witty on a scale that adults can appreciate too. It is a book that can be picked up by a child and read alone or a book that you can read to ...
  • Jason Koivu
    This might be one of the most perfect books for readers. It's about a reader who just wants to get her read on and bad people are trying to stop her. Instant character attachment! Fully involved in the "tumultuous" plot!"Let my reader goooo...." sing the readers!What a wonderful tale! Little Matilda is saddled with a nasty father, a fairly terrible mother and an indifferent brother. Matilda just wants to read. Why read when we've got the telly, w...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    This book was MAGNIFICENT. I would have adored it as a kid, and even as an adult, I thought that the language was so enchanting, the storyline was heartwarming and gripping, and Matilda herself was such a strong and dynamic role model. I will definitely be investing in more Roald Dahl books, because I thought this one was beautiful and the pictures went with it so well and all the descriptions were so nice and it was such an enjoyable reading exp...
  • Mariel
    "You chose books and I chose looks." Matilda's mom kills me. I chose looks. I like to look smart too, though. In high school my bro's friends would pick on me for owning so many books. I pretended to be dumb like Matilda and said I hadn't read any of the books and they were trophies to make me look smart. That answer was apparently the right thing to say (probably about the only time I've ever said the right thing either. If it is right to say ei...
  • Shayantani Das
    Matilda is basically a child prodigy; she is 4 years old and a voracious reader. That is amazing, I know! But, Matilda is not the only character. There are the tyrannical parents who do not encourage reading, do not have a shred of love or sympathy for Matilda and basically hate Matilda for some unknown reason. They even abandon her without even thinking twice. Who does that???? Especially with out any sane cause. Then there is her school life an...
  • Samra Yusuf
    My first review in 2017!Matilda,my most beloved character and reason for my insatiable love for children's classicsI've read it quite countless times,listened to audio version while in most shitty mood,have adored it every time but never came up with a word to say on it.Well,today I heard it in my way back to home,and i thought to make it reviewed at long last!The exceptional Matilda is about a smart, easily infuriated little girl who is misunder...
  • Nayra.Hassan
    ظلت تقرأ وهذا آثار جنونه..لقد كانت تنال المتعة من شيء لا يفهمه الا تكفين عن القراءة ابدا؟ 📚حسنا !!كم مرة سمعنا هذه الجملة الحقودة الفارغة الغبية؟عشرات؟ مئات المرات؟ تكون محظوظا حقا لو لم تسمعها يوميا من ابويك ..مثل ماتيلدا طفلة الخامسة التي زارت أف...
  • Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
    REVIEW TO COME TODAY. The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. this book tells us about a brilliant little girl named Matilda Wormwood and she loves reading books. But her parents seem don't really proud of her and they don't even care much about her and her father is mean so when he treats her badly, She will ' teach ' him a lesson and one day something peculiar happens to her ... ...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    I have short-changed this story by giving it 3 stars for so long. I ran out and bought this book for my little nieces for Christmas. No way they will grow up without Matilda in their life. She's brilliant! What a love for books and knowledge! Such a gentle, empathetic soul! I can't wait to share her with them.8/28/17Listening to this for the third time...I just adore Kate Winslet's narration. She's fantastic, perfect for children and adults.,11/1...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    As much as I love Roald Dahl's story (and this audiobook, read by Kate Winslet, was so fun), the movie of Matilda will always be my favourite. Perfection.
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Matilda, Roald DahlMatilda is a book by British writer Roald Dahl. It was published in 1988. In a small Buckinghamshire village, Matilda Wormwood is a five-and-half-year-old girl of unusual precocity, but she is often ill-treated or neglected by her parents and older brother Michael. In retaliation, she resorts to pranks such as gluing her father's hat to his head, hiding a friend's parrot in the chimney to simulate a burglar or ghost, and secret...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Matilda is a lovable protagonist, revered for her mischievous nature and easily sympathized with because of her abusive parents who don't recognize how extraordinary she is. Admittedly, she's a vengeful girl, but that never subtracts from her likability. Roald Dahl crafted unapologetically over-the-top characters for this book: When she marched -- Miss Trunchbull never walked, she always marched like a storm-trooper with long strides and arms asw...
  • Meli
    La verdad es que siempre tuve curiosidad por leer este libro ya que siempre amé la peli, pero honestamente esperaba otra cosas y resultó no ser mi favorito de Roald Dahl, tiene obras mucho más ingeniosas y entretenidas.Lo dejo en un me gustó.Sin embargo, le voy a dar cinco estrellas porque:1º es Roald Dahl2º es Matilda3º detesto a los adultos que le dan puntajes negativos a libros infantiles. Dios no permita que me convierta en uno alguna ...
  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    Matilda is such a famous book/movie that I think it doesn't need a synopsis.So, I'll get into the middle of things and admit that this is my first time reading the book (and my first time seeing the movie). *hides* The reason I read this in the first place is that Matilda is my son's next book assignment. I felt nervous because I'm not a fan of Roald Dahl's The BFG and didn't know what to expect. And yet I am thrilled about this book. I absolutel...
  • Leila
    Reading Matilda was fun and an easy read. I have to be honest and say I do definitely prefer the movie. I've watched it a few times and Matilda in the movie is a little star. My book is going to two small girls who are dying to read it so no regrets at all.
  • Mario
    All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.This book was so heartwarming. And it just proved that Dahl was (and always will be) one of the best storytellers ever. The way he writes and how he draws you into the story will always amaze me. This is my second book of his, but it definitely won't be my last.Amazing book, that I think everybody should read, at least once.
  • Maria Clara
    Sinceramente, me ha encantado 😊
  • Trish
    I've seen the movie three times already and always loved it but it wasn't until recently that I finally bought the book. Roald Dahl truly is the master storyteller everyone calls him! Every book he wrote (of those I've read so far) seems to have sort of a signature style that makes the reader recognize the author while at the same time the tone of the book is different. The characters are unique and have wonderful depth - which is not self-eviden...
  • Poonam
    This book is such a FUN FUN read. If you are in mood for a light stress-buster, this book is just PERFECT.I haven't seen the movie and this book was a surprise for me. I love the author's writing style and the way Matilda, her family and her life in general has been portrayed. There is underlying humor in the book which is very subtle but an absolute joy to read. I loved Matilda, she is absolutely amazing and I would want to be friends with her i...