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Matilda By Roald Dahl

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Miss Trunchbull abuses Miss Honey and her students, and MATILDA's relationship with her parents is one of mutual dislike. However, Miss Honey is a wonderfully warm and encouraging teacher. She's also very brave in her way, and she has an adult perspective to express how adult cruelty affects children. MATILDA is a special young hero, avenging adult crimes with her marvelous brainpower. Of course, this is all in the context of Roald Dahl's fantastical imagination, so physical abuse is cartoonish, and little children can't really do magic, yet there is much to admire in the genius of MATILDA Wormwood. Parents need to know that Roald Dahl's MATILDA is about a brilliant, magical little girl who's miserable at home with her nasty, clueless parents and oppressed at school by her mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. However, MATILDA finds a loving, kindred spirit in her teacher, Miss Honey, who values her pupil's amazing brain power. Miss Trunchbull inflicts mental cruelty and physical abuse on students, including name-calling, tossing children out of windows, locking them in closet line with spiky nails, and spinning them around with their hair or ears. These exaggerated acts of malice are part of fantasy, though, along with MATILDA's magical mental tricks. This novel was made into a dark yet delightful 1996 movie, and it's available as an audiobook read beautifully by actress Kate Winslet. MATILDA is the story of a little girl genius. By age 4, title character has read all the books in the children's section of her local library, and moved on to Dickens, Austen, and Hemingway. She can also do advanced math in her head and has a sophisticated understanding of the world. Unfortunately, her crooked car-dealer father and bingo-holic mother, TV addicts both, don't appreciate her at all. In fact, they look upon MATILDA. As nothing more than scab. MATILDA spends most of her time reading and the rest thinking up clever ways to punish them for their atrocious behavior, such as putting superglue into her father's hat brim, and swapping his hair tonic for peroxide. Things change when MATILDA starts school. Crunchem Hall Primary School is run by horrific Miss Trunchbull, gigantic holy terror, fierce tyrannical monster who frightens life out of pupils and teachers alike. At the same time, MATILDA is take under wing of her perfectly sweet teacher, Miss Honey, who needs little girl as much as students need her. Getting back to Trunchbull will be much more difficult, and dangerous, than punishing her parents, so MATILDA's magnificent mind starts developing even more unbelievable talents! This classic book has been delighting kids and their parents since 1988, appealing both to readers' imaginations and to their sense of justice. The good in MATILDA are all good, and wicked get their comeuppance at the hands of giddy, delighted children.

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Plot

Plot Summary: Matilda, written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, tells the story of a very young girl who is an extraordinarily bright kid for her age, quick to learn new things but never appreciate, rather disregarded by her parents. She taught herself to read by the age of 3 through newspapers and magazines. On finishing the only book in her house, she asked her father to buy her one, to which he sternly refuse. Her father believes in spending his leisure time watching television and her mother played bingo every afternoon. Matilda set out by herself to the library and, over the course of a few weeks, read all the children's books in the library. In the following 6 months, she read works of authors like Dickens, Bronte, Austen, Hemingway and George Orwells. All of this happened without her parents ' knowledge, who still think that is unworthy. She turned to to acts like gluing her father's hat to his head, hiding friends parrot in chimney to give the impression of burglar or ghost and secretly bleaching her father's hair, to get revenge on her parents for regarding her with contempt. On joining kindergarten, Matilda befriends her teacher, Ms Honey, who is astonished by Matildas ability to recite tables and read long and complex sentences. She tried to move her into higher class to guide her within competition that was up to her cognitive abilities, but was refused by the brutish headmistress, Miss Agatha Trunchbull. Miss Honey also try to talk to Matildas parents about her intellectual abilities, but they pay her no heed. Matilda develops a strong bond with Miss Honey and watches as Miss Trunchbull terrorizes her students with over-the-top punishments to prevent parents from believing their children complaining. When Matildas friend, Lavender, plays practical joke on Miss Trunchbull, Matilda uses the sudden, bizarre power of telekinesis to tip a glass of water containing newt onto Miss Trunchbull. After Matilda reveals her powers to Miss Honey, Miss Honey reveals that she was raised by a cruel, brutish aunt after the dubious death of her father. Her aunt is revealed to be Miss Trunchbull, who withhold her niece's inheritance so that Miss Honey has to live in destitution in a shabby, insecure farm cottage. Preparing to extract retribution for Miss Honey, Matilda developed her telekinetic ability by practicing at home. Later, during a lesson that Miss Trunchbull is teaching, Matilda telekinetically raises a piece of chalk to blackboard and writes on it, acting as spirit of Miss Honeys late father and demanding that Miss Trunchbull hand over Miss Honeys house and wages and leave the area for good. Miss Trunchbulls house is later found empty with no sign of where she go. Matilda continues to visit Miss Honeys and now returns house regularly. One day, she finds her parents and her older brother in a hurry, packing to escape from police, who are after her father for selling stolen cars.

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Adaptations

The novel was adapted into a film in 1996, directed by Danny DeVito and starring Mara Wilson in the title role. Although the film was not a box office success, Matilda received critical acclaim at the time of its release, and holds a fresh rating of 90 % on Rotten Tomatoes. DeVito portrayed Mr. Wormwood as well as the narrator. In 1990, Redgrave Theater, Farnham produced the musical version, adapted by Rony Robinson with music by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, which toured the UK. It stars Annabelle Lanyon as Matilda and Jonathan Linsley as Miss Trunchbull, and had mixed reviews. The Second Musical version of the novel, Matilda Musical, written by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin and commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, premiers in November 2010. It opens at Cambridge Theater in the West End on 24 November 2011. It later open on Broadway on 11 April 2013 at the Shubert Theater. The stage version has become hugely popular with audiences and praised by critics, with one critic calling it the best British musical since Billy Elliot. Netflix will make an animated adaptation of a book as part of the Roald Dahl's animate event series.

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