Friday, June 7, 2013

Matilda the Musical by Roald Dahl

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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. Matilda was published just two years before he died. Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated most of Roald Dahl's children's books.
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Matilda is turning 25 this year! Kind of unbelievable, right? How can it already be 25 years since this wonderfully witty, intelligent five-year-old sprang onto the literary scene, inspiring all of us to read more and fight the man with our powers of telekinesis (Er, or just wish we had powers of telekinesis)? We’re celebrating this milestone with an epic 25-stop blog tour! Follow along to find out how your favorite bloggers feel about Matilda, and for a chance to win a Matilda prize pack at each and every stop!

Everyone who’s read Matilda knows how much she loves books. In Matilda, Dahl writes, “The walk [to the library] took only ten minutes and this allowed her two glorious hours sitting quietly by herself in a cosy corner devouring one book after another. When she had read every single children’s book in the place, she started wandering round in search of something else.” Every Monday, bloggers on the Matilda 25thAnniversary tour will write about how they fell in love with books, just like Matilda! 

Matilda is a genius. Unfortunately, her family treats her like a dolt. Her crooked car-salesman father and loud, bingo-obsessed mother think Matilda's only talent is as a scapegoat for everything that goes wrong in their miserable lives. But it's not long before the sweet and sensitive child decides to fight back. Faced with practical jokes of sheer brilliance, her parents don't stand a chance.
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

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I think it’s safe to say that Matilda falls head over heels in love with books. She takes a wagon to gather them from the library. She hides away in her room and reads them for hours. She loves the worlds, the knowledge, the writing. What was it like for you to fall in love with books for the first time? Was it similar to Matilda’s experience? Do you remember reading Matilda for the first time?

Did you know Matilda is now a Tony Award-nominated Broadway Musical? The show opened in April and has already been nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical! Since not everyone can go to New York City to see the show in person, Penguin Teen is bringing the show to you with a Matilda the Musical prize pack giveaway! Enter to win a copy of the Matilda the Musical soundtrack, a Matilda the Musical poster, and a paperback copy of Matilda by Roald Dahl! You can buy tickets, see pictures, and listen to music from Matilda the Musical on their website:

For the next stop on the Matilda 25th Anniversary blog tour, head to The Young Folks 
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  1. Its definitely Are You There God Its Me Margaret :)

  2. I loved the Dear America series. I'm pretty sure I've read every single book at least twice.

  3. I enjoyed the Nancy Drew series and Little Women.
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  4. I always loved all of Enid Blyton's books.

  5. I read EVERY Strawberry Shortcake book ever, and have now passed them down to my niece who loves reading already at 6yrs old! :)

  6. You Are Special. Everytime I read it it still brings tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for this giveaway Jean:)

  7. For me, it's probably Superfudge.

  8. The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

  9. It's surely the Harry Potter series!! :D

  10. My most memorable childhood book is “Doctor Dolittle”. I just LOVED that story! Thank you for being a part of this fun and very generous blog hop!!

  11. It was the Mates, dates books by Cathy Hopkins and there was another one that I do not remember the name of, but I still remember the story and that the book was huge and yellow :P

  12. I read a lot of Roald Dahl books as a kid. They were always my favourite. But my most favourite was James and The Giant Peach

  13. Good to hear that Matilda has won awards! I have seen this musical once, this time I'm going to take my kids along! So I have ordered cheap Matilda the Musical tickets from

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