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Puffin Books, 1988 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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For hundreds of kids, "The Trunchbull" is pure terror. For Matilda, she's a sitting duck.

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Roald Dahlīs book Matilda tells about a little genius girl, whose parents doesnīt care her skills. The book has published in year 1988. Matilda likes to read, and she is very quick to learn it without teaching. I donīt like her parents because they try to prevent Matilda to read. if somebody wants to do something, why she canīt do that? I donīt understand.. But Matilda doesnīt care, because reading and learning is her passion. I love Matilda because she have own opinions and she is a little bit rebel.
The book is very funny and it’s full of humor. Reading is quite easy, because there is easy words and it’s funny to read that book. When you read the book, you can’t be without laughing. If you feel sad, take Matilda and start to read! It makes you feeling better, I can promise! I recommend the book for everybody, especially for childish people.
How long it takes you have read the book? Not long, because the book is not very long and when you start reading, you can’t stop, without some very important reason.
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Book was so fun . I enjoyed to read it. And there is no moment that I could be without laughing. I think it fits both, adults and children. Book tells abnormal parentīs relation with their child. I think that any normal parents couldnīt leave their child with her teacher and move their self to an another country. the book is very joking itīs in the same time very mindful. Today many parents concentrate on their career and children come next. In the book father concentrates to sell stolen cars and mother attend her looks. Book tells good how materialistic world is nowadays.
Even if the bookīs mission is amuse people. Itīs getting to think how unfair world is sometimes. All in all the book could scare its reader for hilarity. I absolutely recommend the book for everybody.

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A classic! Wish I had read it when I was younger. Read full review

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Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946). Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details. Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

Award-winning illustrator and children's author, Quentin Blake was born in 1932. His first drawings were published in "Punch" when he was 16. He has illustrated almost 300 titles some in collaboration with famous writers such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman and Roald Dahl. He is the creator of characters such as Mister Magnolia and Mrs. Armitage. His works have earned him numerous awards including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, the Bologna Ragazzi Prize, and in 2002 the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. In 1999, he was selected as the First Children's Laureate.

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