Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Reading Age: 8+

Interest level: 7+


Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Matilda is not yet five years old, and already she is a very unusual child. Teaching herself to read, she works her way through all the books in the children's library and then gets started on the adult section, to the amazement of the librarian. Her narrow minded parents don't notice that they have a genius in their midst - but is soon becomes clear that underestimating Matilda is a big mistake.


When she starts school at Crunchem Hall, Matilda meets the frightening and bullying headmistress, Agatha Trunchbull, and witnesses her terrible temper. Soon, she puts her very special talents to work to get the better of Miss Trunchbull and the other unpleasant grown-ups around her - as well as to help warm-hearted class teacher Miss Honey.


This modern fairy-tale with a brilliantly inspiring young heroine is one of Roald Dahl's best loved stories. Full of magic and mischief, children will love witnessing Matilda pit her strength, courage and cool intelligence against the nasty and spiteful adults in her life, and ultimately coming out on top.


Publisher: Puffin

About the author

  • Quentin Blake

    Children's Laureate 1999-2001
    Quentin Blake was born in 1932 and read English at Cambridge, before attending Chelsea Art College. He has won many major prizes for illustration, including the Kate Greenaway Medal (1980) and the Red House Children's Book Award (1981) for Mister Magnolia. He is also the winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration and in 1990 was voted 'The Illustrator's Illustrator' by Observer Magazine. A tireless promoter of children's literature – and a long-time collaborator with roald Dahl –  Quentin Blake was awarded the OBE in 1988 and in 2005 he was awarded a CBE for services to Children's Literature. In the most recent New Year’s Honours list he has been knighted.


    Quentin was the inaugural Children's Laureate (1999-2001), an experience he recorded in his book Laureate's Progress. During his time in the role, he celebrated children's books and children's book illustration with a range of projects and exhibitions, and conceived the idea for the House of Illustration, the world's first centre dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms.   


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I think this was good for an age of 6-12 year olds and I learned more about this story

Rating: 5 star
7 June 2017

It is very good

Rating: 5 star
30 April 2017

The book is about a little girl who is unusually to other kids

2 April 2017

A funny classic kids will love. I really recommend this for kids ages 6-12

Rating: 5 star
18 February 2017

I can learn that must have strength,courage and cool intelligence against her nasty and spiteful adults in my life and ultimately coming out from top.This is a very fun,interesting and fantastic book I have ever read.I hope I have one this from all the books.

Rating: 5 star
4 January 2017

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