Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Matilda 25th Anniversary

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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Matilda 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 bit easier.’
‘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:
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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  1. Anonymous11:48 AM EDT

    I had no idea Matilda was turning 25! If I HAD to pick an absolute favorite book, this would be it!


  2. charlie and the chocolate factory :) thanks so much!!

  3. Oh gosh, this is a hard one. I think my favorite is The Witches, but I also really enjoyed Boy and The Wonderful Tale of Henry Sugar (and Six Other Stories).

  4. Anonymous10:29 PM EDT

    My favorite Dahl book would have to be Matilda, actually! I can really relate to Matilda and I love her story. My second favorite would have to be The Witches, though.

  5. I actually haven't read any Dahl yet! There's several on a "Top 100 Children's Novels" list that I've challenged myself to read. I checked out Matilda at my last library visit. :)

  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

  7. Anonymous11:41 AM EDT

    Charlie and the chocolate factory! Just started James and the Giant Peach for 48HBC :-)

  8. I admit to being partial to the BFG. But, Matilda was also a winner in my book as well. I hope to one day see the musical!

  9. I was always partial to The BFG. And George's Marvelous Medicine (which my mom did not like). And I always wished I could have Matilda's awesome powers. Just not her parents!

  10. the bfg was my favorite

  11. Charlie and the chocolate factory