Matilda (Spanish Edition)

Matilda (Spanish Edition)

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by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

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Matilda is a sweet five-year-old with extraordinary mental powers—powers she uses to teach her school's evil head mistress a lesson she'll never forget!


Matilda is a sweet five-year-old with extraordinary mental powers—powers she uses to teach her school's evil head mistress a lesson she'll never forget!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Matilda is an extraordinarily gifted four-year-old whose parentsa crass, dishonest used-car dealer and a self-centered, blowsy bingo addictregard her as ``nothing more than a scab.'' Life with her beastly parents is bearable only because Matilda teaches herself to read, finds the public library, and discovers literature. Also, Matilda loves using her lively intelligence to perpetrate daring acts of revenge on her father. This pastime she further develops when she enrolls in Crunchem Hall Primary School, whose headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is ``a fierce tyrannical monster . . . .'' Adults may cringe at Dahl's excesses in describing the cruel Miss Trunchbull, as well as his reliance on overextended characterization at the expense of plot development. Children, however, with their keenly developed sense of justice, will relish the absolutes of stupidity, greed, evil and might versus intelligence, courage and goodness. They also will sail happily through the contrived, implausible ending. Dahl's phenomenal popularity among children speaks for his breathless storytelling charms; his fans won't be disappointed by Matilda. Blake's droll pen-and-ink sketches extend the exaggerated humor. Ages 9-11. (Oct.)
Gr 2-6-Resourceful Matilda is saddled with two hellish parents and an even worse headmistress. The evil Mrs. Trenchbull is out to get Miss Honey, Matilda's beloved teacher, and thinks nothing of flinging young innocents into nail-festooned boxes by their hair. Not to worry: Superbright Matilda dishes out revenge in high-comic style in this delicious page-turner for readers looking for laughs.
—Cheryl Scheer, Denver P.L., CO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ellen R. Braaf
She taught herself to read by the time she was three. When she was four, she'd finished all the children's books in the library and moved on to Dickens, Austen, Hemmingway and H.G. Wells. Matilda Wormwood is a genius cursed with heartless, half-witted, self-centered parents. Her father is a dishonest used car salesman; her mother, a soap-opera addict whose idea of a gourmet meal is a TV dinner. Unconcerned with their daughter's education, they enroll her late in the Crunchem Hall Primary School. Matilda's prodigious talents are soon recognized by her teacher. Miss Honey tries to secure an advanced placement for her gifted student. However, the school's muscle-bound, kid-hating headmistress won't consider it. A sadist in green britches, Miss Trunchbull's cruelty knows no bounds. Matilda learns to tap into her psychic powers. With mind over matter, she frees Crunchem Hall from Trunchbull's reign of terror and secures Miss Honey's professional and financial future. Her own "happily ever after" comes when she convinces her parents to leave her in Miss Honey's care as they flee the country two steps ahead of the police. It's a quirky tale that's delightfully Dahl. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Dahl's latest piece of madcap mayhem is a story filled with the elements that his fans cravesardonic humor, the evilest of villians, the most virtuous of heroines, and children who eventually defeat those big bad grown-ups. In this book, Matilda isn't just smart, she is ``extra-ordinary. . .sensitive and brilliant,'' reading Great Expectations as a four year old. Unfortunately, her TV-addict parents neither recognize nor appreciate their daughter's genius. Neglected Matilda finds mentors in librarian Mrs. Phelps and teacher Miss Honey, a woman as sweet as her name implies. Miss Honey, Matilda, and other students are tormented by the child-hating headmistress Trunchbull. Trunchbull has also cheated orphaned niece Miss Honey out of her rightful inheritance, leaving the teacher in extreme poverty. Having practiced revenge techniques on her father, Matilda now applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of Trunchbull and restore Miss Honey's financial security. If the conclusion is a bit too rapid, the transitions between Matilda's home and school life a bit choppy, and the writing style not as even as in some of Dahl's earlier titles, young readers won't mind. Dahl has written another fun and funny book with a child's perspective on an adult world. As usual, Blake's comical sketches are the perfect complement to the satirical humor. This may not be a teacher's or principal's first choice as a classroom read-aloud, but children will be waiting in line to read it. Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Lib . , Wis.

Product Details

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Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to 'a wonderful faraway place'. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.

is dedicated to the memory of Roald Dahl's eldest daughter, Olivia, who died from measles when she was seven – the same age at which his sister had died (fron appendicitis) over forty years before.

Quentin Blake
, the first Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated most of Roald Dahl’s children’s books.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 13, 1916
Date of Death:
November 23, 1990
Place of Birth:
Llandaff, Wales, England
Place of Death:
Oxford, England

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torchify More than 1 year ago
My daughters first book she bought for the Nook simple touch and it happens to be in spanish! No where on your site does it says its in spanish. PLEASE update your page and refund me my money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my nook and i just noticed that it was in spanish. Nowhere did it say anything about this book being in spanish and i am furious because if this kind of problem goes on, we are keep on going to waste our 8 dollars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i called the 1-800-the-book and would not give me a refund for a book i can't read or do anything with. bad customer service. not very happy with the service. :/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No hablo espanol. Only speak english
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont buy this book if u dont speak spanish....... My mom told me to get it and i picked the first one and bought it big mistake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in school once and it was a good, well written book. I wanted to buy it but its in spanish! Why not keep a version in english too? Its a famous book every one likes but its only in spanish! Please make english version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing but not if you can't read the language its in! Please please please get the english version so we can rea dot too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey! For the people who has read the book Matilda, tell the truth, doesn't it have an influence on you after you read it?! Well it was like that with me and my mom. It had a GREAT influence on us as mother and daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it ,but i never took spanish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter really wanted this book so I purcha sed it. The book is in Spanish. No where did it mention this. Please refund my money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In spanish no refund only but if u speak spanish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is aewsome. I can't wait to read more. I know Rold Dahl hhas passed away so i expect the same books that are always there to be there. Quitton Blake could write a book about the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi my teacher read this book to are class it is a super good book #5what school do you go to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking it was in english but no it was in SPANISH!!!! I want my money back!!! And update your page!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book alot it is the best! I also love the movie its my favorite book and movie"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is in spanish? Thats so stupid! I want a refund.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matilda is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is amazingly talented and sweet ,if only her parents new that!!!!!!!!!!!! Pretty cool,huh? Lovvvvvvveeeeeeeeeee, ME! PRETTYPINK2013
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nowhere in the description does it mention this is in Spanish! Horrible waste of money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved book! I have watched the movie to, very cool! You should watch the movie Merlin to!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books but, I didn't get the nook version because it costs money. I preferred to get my book at the library of course I don't get to keep the book but I at least get to read it.This book is great but, if you don't know spanish than don't waste your money,go get a free copy that you can borrow at the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They sgould have told us it was spanish and used spanish in the thing below it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an awesome book. I have read it myself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NOT ENGLISH hate this cant we not waste our money with this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago