- File Size: 42416 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 16, 2007)
- Publication Date: August 16, 2007
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AI5AQPQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book left me searching for the complete works of Roald Dahl.
I am hopeful that reading is a positive growth-enhancing learning experience for my granddaughter; reading Matilda would expose her to language her parents and I do not want her using and to attitudes of disrespect and cynicism.
I read this for myself because sometimes I get tired of the depressing genre in adult books. However, if I had a child, while I would allow them to read this book--I would probably discuss some things with them to make sure they understand that some of the things in the book are inappropriate. For instance, in the book, Matilda shoves a parrot up a chimney to play a prank on her parents. Aside from her being disrespectful of her friend's property (the bird belonged to her friend), this would be out right animal cruelty that could result in an animal being harmed, or at the very least distressed.
While some folks have been upset by the depiction of Matilda's parents, I think that they are so over-the-top outrageous that children will know they aren't "real" and think that they can get away with Matilda's pranks. Just as Harry Potter's aunt and uncle were unthinkingly cruel in so many ways, Matilda's parents are just as oblivious. I firmly believe that children can tell the difference between real and make believe.
This quotation sums it up for me:
“Do you think that all children’s books ought to have funny bits in them?” Miss Honey asked.
“I do,” Matilda said. “Children are not so serious as grown-ups and they love to laugh.”
If you liked the musical or film, be sure to read the book. Anyone who likes reading will almost surely enjoy this book.
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And I like the way Roald snuffed out her psycho-kinetic powers before the end of the book.
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