Author: Roald Dahl
Publication Date: 1988
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 principal, 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 predilection for revenge.
She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense 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. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.
2016 marks an amazing year for celebration - it's the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl! Yes, Dahl passed away in 1990, but readers know that no time will ever diminish the literary mark he left on the world. Now several Dahl books are getting revamped, amazing covers to celebrate the legacy of this brilliant man. Dahl changed the game with books like The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG (which hit theatres this summer).
And one book in particular that resonates with most bloggers, myself included.
The story about a mysteriously magical little girl who is overlooked by so many, who finds refuge and herself between the pages of books. She's a girl who discovered the beautiful magic that lies inside every book.
Through books she discovers magic within herself, in hilarious and brilliant ways. Matilda is a book that inspires hope and love and a voracious appetite for books. It changed my life. It changed the lives of countless readers.
About Roald Dahl:
Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.
Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.
Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film. Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.
The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.
On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.
ROALD DAHL 100 CELEBRATORY BLOG TOUR
September 5 - Peace Loves Books - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Excerpt
September 5 - The Compulsive Reader - Danny, The Champion of the World Review
September 5 - The Starry Eyed Revue - James and The Giant Peach Review
September 6 - Ex Libris Kate - The Witches Review
September 6 - Cracking The Cover - The Magic Finger Feature - Short Review and History
September 6 - Lost In Lit - The Witches Feature - Revisiting The Witches as an adult
September 7 - Cozy Reading Corner - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Excerpt
September 7 - The Plot Bunny - The Magic Finger Review
September 7 - Lilli's Reflections - The Twits Excerpt
September 8 - The Irish Banana - Matilda Review
September 8 - Ticket To Anywhere - Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt
September 8 - Cuddlebuggery - Quentin Blake's Illustrations of Roald Dahl's Books Feature
September 8 - Beth Fish Reads - Going Solo Review
September 9 - Ravenous Reader - The BFG Excerpt
September 9 - Paper Cuts - The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me Excerpt
September 9 - The Lovely Books - The Witches Excerpt
September 9 - A Glass of Wine - James and the Giant Peach Excerpt
Novel Novice - George's Marvelous Medicine Excerpt -
YA Bibliophile - Fantastic Mr. Fox Review -
Watercolor Moods - The Magic Finger Feature - Collage -
Jessabella Reads - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review -
Who R U Blog - Charlie and the Glass Elevator Feature - Trivia-
Belle of the Library - The Twits Review -
Book Mania Life - George's Marvelous Medicine Review -
The Book Swarm - Danny, The Champion of the World Excerpt -
Book Belles - James and the Giant Peach Feature - Book to Movie -
Brittany's Book Rambles - Matilda Excerpt - Roald's birthday! -
Mundie Kids - The BFG Review - Roald's birthday! -
Read Now Sleep Later - Boy Excerpt - Roald's birthday! -
Consumed By Books - Matilda Excerpt - Roald's birthday -
- Roald's birthday - I Am A Reader - James and the Giant Peach Excerpt
The Novel Life - Lessons that Roald Dahl has taught me feature -
- The Book Rat - Esio Trot Excerpt
Belle's Bash - The BFG Excerpt -
WinterHaven Books - Esio Trot Excerpt -
A Book and A Latte - The Magic Finger Excerpt -
Hello Chelly - Matilda Feature - BookBags -
Loving Dem Books - Youtube Feature -
Writing My Own Fairy-Tale - George's Marvelous Medicine Review -
The Book Bandit -The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me Review -
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile - Esio Trot Review -
Coffee, Books and Me - Top Ten Reasons You Should Read Roald Dahl's Books -
Undeniably Book Nerdy - Boy Review -
Supernatural Snark - James and the Giant Peach Review -
My Friend Amy - Going Solo Excerpt -
The Quiet Concert - Danny, the Champion of the World Review -
Book Briefs - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator -
Andi's ABCs - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Feature - ABCs -
Just Another Rabid Reader - The Magic Finger Review -
Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia - Roald Dahl Feature - Food Feature -
Bumbles and Fairy-Tales - Matilda Feature - Reading With Dad -
Addicted 2 Novels - Esio Trot Review -
Pure Imagination - Fantastic Mr. Fox Excerpt -
Green Bean Teen Queen - What Roald Dahl Means To Me Feature -
Bookiemoji - The Witches Excerpt -
Shooting Stars Blog - Roald Dahl Feature - Etsy Products -
Alexa Loves Books - Matilda Feature - Style Files -
Nightly Reading - Matilda Review -