Explore Roald Dahl's Matilda

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Matilda teaches us about kindness, perseverance & a little bit of magic…

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  • 5 conversation starters about characters, plot & subtleties

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About Matilda:

Our heroine Matilda is exceptionally bright, well-read and restrained. Her crooked father and dim-witted mother ignore her, force her watch too much TV and rip up her beloved books. However, no one is as formidable as Miss Trunchbull, Matilda’s new school headmistress, who pulls kids by their ears, flings them by their piggy-tails and shoves them into the Chokey.

With the guidance of her kind-hearted teacher, Miss Honey, Matilda hones her miraculous mind powers to fight back against this giant bully. It takes this little genius with a big heart to teach Trunchbull a lesson she won’t forget.

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