Matilda is turning 25 this year! Kind of unbelievable, right? How can it already be 25 years since this wonderfully witty, intelligent five-year-old sprang onto the literary scene, inspiring all of us to read more and fight the man with our powers of telekinesis (Er, or just wish we had powers of telekinesis)? We’re celebrating this milestone with an epic 25-stop blog tour! Follow along to find out how your favorite bloggers feel about Matilda, and for a chance to win a Matilda prize pack at each and every stop!
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Dahl, Roald. Matilda.1988
From the Publisher: "Matilda is a genius. Unfortunately, her family
treats her like a dolt. Her crooked car-salesman father and loud,
bingo-obsessed mother think Matilda's only talent is as a scapegoat for
everything that goes wrong in their miserable lives. But it's not long
before the sweet and sensitive child decides to fight back. Faced with
practical jokes of sheer brilliance, her parents don't stand a chance.
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the
evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice
teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security."
This quote says it all:
“Matilda said, ‘I would like a really good one that grown-ups read. A famous one. I don’t know any names.’
Mrs. Phelps looked along the shelves, taking her time. She didn’t quite
know what to bring out. How, she asked herself, does one choose a famous
grown-up book for a four-year-old girl? Her first thought was to pick a
young teenager’s romance of the kind that is written for
fifteen-year-old schoolgirls, but for some reason she found herself
walking past that particular shelf.
‘Try this,’ she said at last, ‘It’s very famous and very good. If it’s
too long for you, just let me know and I’ll find something shorter and a
‘Great Expectations,’ Matilda read, ‘by Charles Dickens. I’d love to try it.’
I must be mad, Mrs. Phelps told herself, but to Matilda she said, ‘Of course you may try it.’ –p.15, Matilda
That’s the key, isn’t it? Teachers and librarians foster a love of
books in students by introducing them to new books and helping them
stretch their limits. Every Wednesday, hear from teachers and librarians
on the Matilda 25th Anniversary tour about how they have interacted
with kids and books, just like Mrs. Phelps helped Matilda!
Penguin Group asked me if I had ever recommended Matilda to a student, and if so, to whom? I certainly have-- usually students who like a bit of magical realism but also like problem novels. Matilda's parents are so mean to her, and the ending is such a relief that a lot of students do enjoy the book.
Did you know Matilda
is now a Tony Award-nominated Broadway Musical? The show opened in
April and has already been nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best
Musical! Since not everyone can go to New York City to see the show in
person, Penguin Teen is bringing the show to you with a Matilda the
Musical prize pack giveaway! Enter to win a copy of the Matilda the Musical soundtrack, a Matilda the Musical poster, and a paperback copy of Matilda by Roald Dahl! You can buy tickets, see pictures, and listen to music from Matilda the Musical on their website: http://us.matildathemusical.com/
Be sure to visit the Official Matilda Facebook page to keep up with all things Matilda!
To find out more about Matilda the Musical on Broadway, visit their Facebook page!
For the next stop on the Matilda 25th Anniversary blog tour, head to Once Upon a Twilight tomorrow!
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