By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator),

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Puffin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's Matilda, read by Kate Winslet. This audiobook features original music and sound design by Pinewood film studios.

Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary genius with really stupid parents.

Miss Trunchbull is her terrifying headmistress who thinks all her pupils are rotten little stinkers.

But Matilda will…

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During my childhood, I was an avid reader and not a little lazy, I was desperate to have Matilda’s powers.

For days you’d catch me trying to make a pencil move off a table with the power of my mind. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t a genius like Matilda so it was never going to work.

Roald Dahl was a prolific and very funny writer. His ideas would spark the imagination like no other writer, and the fact the story is about a clever plucky girl, who wouldn’t want to read that?

Matilda is a genius and a rebel. When her parents neglect her, she gets back at them with (seriously funny) pranks. 

At school, Matilda and the other children are bullied and terrorized by the headmistress. Matilda has a superpower. She can move physical objects without touching them. Her other superpower is her super brain. She combines them to drive away the evil headmistress.

Three reasons: 1. I like the idea of the brain being a superpower. 2. I’m partial to books with strong girls and Matilda is as strong as they come. 3. Sadly, child neglect happens. Child abuse happens.…

Again, loved the play and the movie, but the book is still the best. Humor, wit, courage, love, action, terror, this book has it all. And who can beat Roald Dahl at telling a tale? Matilda is quite the intrepid heroine who overcomes an unloving, criminal family and a cruel and dangerous school headmistress to persevere in love and life. Still one of my favorites, especially as a read-aloud.

This book captured my imagination as a child and it just never let go! Matilda is a true whimsical classic, that is delightful and smart and that makes you feel like you can do anything. There are so many things I love about this book, and as a bookish girl myself, Matilda’s connection to books and reading made me feel seen in ways I didn’t feel seen before. It’s a book about standing up for yourself and being true to who you are no matter who’s against it.

From Mirelle's list on for girls trying to change the world.

A children’s book, film, and musical. Matilda is born to abusive, neglectful, crooked parents, who deprive her of fun, particularly books. School brings wider horizons, and telekinetic powers, but the school is terrorised by the ghastly Miss Trunchbull, who abuses children, and oppresses the delightful form teacher, Miss Honey. With Dahl you know payback is coming, and here book and film diverge. In the film, Matilda goes all Carrie on Trunchbull, using her telekinesis to throw her around. In the book it is more subtle – Matilda uses telekinesis to write a message revealing Trunchbull’s secrets, as if from beyond…

From Stephen's list on sweet children with terrifying powers.

Oh, c’mon. Do you have to ask? Roald Dahl was a genius, and it was hard to pick just one of his books. Honestly, I waffled between this book and three others. But what sets Matilda apart is its heart—and when a book has heart it makes the funny parts funnier, and those grow inside you a little bit (it also makes the suspense parts feel more suspenseful and the sadder parts feel sadder). Matilda is a sweet girl who doesn’t get along with the school’s kid-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. In fact, things look bleak for Matilda until she discovers…

From Allan's list on will make you laugh.

Matilda is the ultimate “take charge” girl! Born into a family with horrendous parents who don’t understand or even like their brilliant daughter, Matilda refuses to let them squelch her. With tremendous spirit and courage, Matilda teaches herself to read–standing up to her bullying parents, who think books are a waste of time when there’s a perfectly good telly you can watch! Squashed, ignored, and misunderstood, Matilda still manages to thrive. You will root for Matilda from the very first page, and find plenty to laugh at too. This is a story filled with humor, heart, and the most satisfying…

Harry Potter would be the obvious choice for number five, but no one needs the recommendation to read that. Matilda by Roald Dahl was my favorite book growing up. She’s about as Mary Sue as you can get. Maybe it’s because I felt over-intelligent and under-appreciated as a child, but I read that book like it was cocaine. Brainpower conquers bullies! Every nerd’s dream.

We’ll call Matilda “Matt” so it fits my list. Who knows, maybe she was a boy all along. Hard to tell with those Quentin Blake illustrations.

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