From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!
"Matilda will surely go straight to children's hearts." -The New York Times Book Review
The Trunchbull let out a yell.ÿ.ÿ.The Trunchbull lifted the water-jug and poured some water into her glass. And suddenly, with the water, out came the long slimy newt straight into the glass, plop!The Trunchbull let out a yell and leapt off her chair as though a firecracker had gone off underneath her.She stared at the creature twisting and wriggling in the glass. The fires of fury and hatred were smouldering in the Trunchbull s small black eyes. Matilda! she barked. Stand up! Who, me? Matilda said. What have I done? Stand up, you disgusting little cockroach! You filthy little maggot! You are a vile, repellent, malicious little brute! The Trunchbull was shouting. You are not fit to be in this school! You ought to be behind bars, that s where you ought to be! I shall have the prefects chase you down the corridor and out of the front-door with hockey-sticks! The Trunchbull was in such a rage that her face had taken on a boiled colour and little flecks of froth were gathering at the corners of her mouth. But Matilda was also beginning to see red. She had had absolutely nothing to do with the beastly creature in the glass. By golly, she thought, that rotten Trunchbull isn t going to pin this one on me!Puffin Books by Roald DahlThe BFGBoy: Tales of ChildhoodCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Great Glass ElevatorDanny the Champion of the WorldDirty BeastsThe Enormous CrocodileEsio TrotFantastic Mr. FoxGeorge s Marvelous MedicineThe Giraffe and the Pelly and MeGoing SoloJames and the Giant PeachThe Magic FingerMatildaThe MinpinsRoald Dahl s Revolting RhymesThe TwitsThe Vicar of NibbleswickeThe WitchesThe Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six MoreRoald
ÿÿDahlMatildaillustrated by Quentin BlakePUFFIN BOOKSFor Michael and LucyThe Reader of BooksMr Wormwood, the Great Car DealerThe Hat and the SuperglueThe GhostArithmeticThe Platinum-Blond ManMiss HoneyThe TrunchbullThe ParentsThrowing the HammerBruce Bogtrotter and the CakeLavenderThe Weekly TestThe First MiracleThe Second MiracleMiss Honey s CottageMiss Honey s StoryThe NamesThe PracticeThe Third MiracleA New HomeThe Reader of BooksIt s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.Some parents go further. They become so blinded by adoration they manage to convince themselves their child has qualities of genius.Well, there is nothing very wrong with all this. It s the way of the world. It is only when the parents begin telling us about the brilliance of their own revolting offspring, that we start shouting, Bring us a basin! We re going to be sick! School teachers suffer a good deal from having to listen to this sort of twaddle from proud parents, but they usually get their own back when the time comes to write the end-of-term reports. If I were a teacher I would cook up some real scorchers for the children of doting parents. Your son Maximilian , I would write, is a total wash-out. I hope you have a family business you can push him into when he leaves school because he sure as heck won t get a job anywhere else. Or if I were feeling
Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World's No.1 storyteller. Find out more at roalddahl.