Matilda by Roald Dahl – 25th Anniversary Prize Pack Giveaway

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!

The children in Miss Honey’s class become fast friends. Roald Dahl writes, “Among Matilda’s newfound friends was the girl called Lavender. Right from the first day of term the two of the them started wandering round together during the morning-break and in the lunch-hour. Lavender was exceptionally small for her age, a skinny little nymph with deep-brown eyes and with dark hair that was cut in a fringe across her forehead. Matilda liked her because she was gutsy and adventurous. She liked Matilda for exactly the same reason.” Especially in the blogging world, books bring people together. Every Friday, find out how books (and Matilda!) have helped bloggers find friendship and community through reading!


Here is my question:

Matilda makes friends and finds community at school, much of it because of shared passion for learning and books. How has your love of books led you to find community? Did Matilda ever inspire you to band together with other people to fight against something overshadowing your own life (like Matilda and her friends fight against Miss Trunchbull)?

I’m amazed at how my love of books has brought me to find so many amazing people in the online community & in my neighborhood.  I participate in a monthly book group where I’ve discovered some great books and had some fun discussions about books and deepened friendships with others who love reading.  The online book community is awesome.  I’ve come to know and love so many wonderful authors & bloggers through blogging and sites like goodreads.

While Matilda never inspired me to fight against something overshadowing my own life I have been inspired by many other great books.  My screen name is “Inspired Kathy” which came about because of inspiration I gained from reading.


matilda musicalDid 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:


roaldAuthor Roald Dahl
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.


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.

Be sure to visit the Official Matilda Facebook page to keep up with all things Matilda!
To find out more about Matilda the Musical on Broadway, visit their Facebook page!

For the next stop on the Matilda 25th Anniversary blog tour, head to Forever Young Adult Monday!


Matilda Prize Pack Giveaway

A paperback copy of Matilda,  one copy of the Matilda Broadway soundtrack, and a Matildathe Musical Broadway poster! Open to US only

Ends 6/10/13


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  1. samantha s says:

    Matilda was my childhood hero. Reading the book was fierce but watching Matilda come to life on tv was epic. She was a source of inspiration for me to rise against children and adult bullies. Thank you Mr. Dahl!

  2. yes, I have, a couple of times, actually. and it was satisfying..

  3. Awesome Giveaway! Thank you for sharing!

  4. My love of books has shown through in my parenting which has given my daughter a love for books and for writing. The community she and I have met through her work is wonderful.

    She loves Roald Dahl and Matilda. We are big fans of the book, the movie and the musical. We hope to see it one day. My daughter actually used Matilda’s song, “Naughty”, for a recent audition – so much fun. Great giveaway!

  5. My love has books has given me hope through my illness and allowed me to travel to distant realms and learn about so much.

  6. I loved books so much that I became a librarian.

  7. I found a community of friends on Facebook who share my passion for books.Though I haven’t met them in person~yet,they are some of my closest friends almost like a family. I didn’t know Matilda in my childhood,but if it inspires me as an adult to fight for things that are wrong then I am sure it inspires many young and old.

  8. My love of books has led me to my career and my blogging community.

  9. Stephanie says:

    There is like an instant connection between people when you discover you both love the same book and I have experienced that many times.

  10. Yes, I have been inspired to join book clubs and to encourage others to read.
    I volunteered at a local elementary school for 3 years and helped those who were slow readers. It was very uplifting to see their progress. Of course, some will never be readers which is sad.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  11. I’ve found community through my blog and Twitter. Finally, no one looks at my strangely when I gush over my latest read!

  12. I grew liking Mr. Dahl’s books and have passed my love for his books and other authors on to my 6 children 🙂
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  13. denise Fick says:

    My passion for books has brought me so many new friendships through social media. I belong to groups on FB and I feel like I know everyone personally even though we have never met. Matilda was my favorite book as a kid and I can’t wait to start reading Roald Dahl’s books to my children

  14. Carol M says:

    I’ve made some good friends that I met on line because of our love of books!

  15. This book means more to me than I could even possibly hope to put into words. My name is legally “Mattie” – but when I was younger I always told people it was short for Matilda.

  16. Matilda has been a hero in our house through just about every granddaughter I’ve got! They love her!

  17. I have met people on line and deepened friendships through books.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  18. Rose Milligan says:

    It has helped me to find other people who love books, and those who love to be creative and use their imaginations.


  19. Ej (jane) says:

    I often volunteer to read to young children at our local school. I often read classics but i also introduce new books & authors I find along the way.

  20. BookLady says:

    I found a community of readers who share a love of books on several blogs. It is so nice to find other readers with the same interests.

  21. thanks for the fun giveaway! I’d have to say my love of reading has led me to discover the wonderful world of book blogs 😉

  22. I love that reading has led me to meet a lot of great people 🙂

    Becca Wilson

  23. Jennifer Zorko-Legan says:

    My love of books has helped me connect to a ton of new friends who like and share new authors with me all of the time.

  24. Sara Orlowski says:

    My love of books led me to meet more bookies on Tumblr lately!!

  25. SHELLEY S says:


  26. Matilda makes friends and finds community at school, much of it because of shared passion for learning and books. How has your love of books led you to find community? Did Matilda ever inspire you to band together with other people to fight against something overshadowing your own life (like Matilda and her friends fight against Miss Trunchbull)?

    I neve knew about Matilda until I recently saw an act for the musical on The View and GMA too!! My love of books inspires me, keeps me company, and I have learned a lot from all the book blog communities that I have foun along the way.

  27. I have met and made friends with so many people, online and offline, just because of a shared passion for books.

  28. Peggy Hopkins says:

    My love of books always provides me with entertainment. Unfortunatley my love of books has pushed me outside of my community.

  29. Marissa says:

    My love of books has led me to a lovely blogging community 🙂
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  30. I love getting to know people better in the book group that I’m in.

  31. I love being part of a book group and getting to know people better in my neighborhood

  32. wanda f says:

    My love of books led me to join online communities where others share my passion for not only reading but the genres I enjoy .

  33. Great giveaway opportunity, thanks!

  34. I’ve always loved Roald Dahl’s books, Matilda in particular. I always felt a little bit like an outcast because let’s face it, I was a nerd and loved to read.

    It’s interesting because loving books was the reason my husband and I met (we both loved Ender’s Game), and then now that I’m getting to be way past Young Adult age, I’m now finding the Young Adult author community! I love it, and I’m so lucky to have met so many great authors and bloggers.

  35. Catherine says:

    My love of books led me to become a librarian, where I have found an awesome community of people.

  36. Books are a great way to meet people and start a discussion. I used to get together with a group who found each other through monthly. It was a lot of fun.

  37. My sister got me into reading. And we love to talk about the books we have read with each other. And I love that I found Goodreads. Because that whole website is for book lovers like me. Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!!

  38. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. I work in an elementary school and I love to listen to kids read.

  39. It’s funny just how many times I’ve ended up chatting with people about books — they’re a good ice breaker!

  40. The book inspired me to dream and hope for a better future for myself, all while doing what I could to make my current situation better. That is one glaring problem with the musical, however, it puts the onus of change on the children who are in trying circumstances, rather than on someone to intervene (other than a slightly deranged Miss Honey).

  41. My love of books has inspired me in so many ways. It is the primary reson I have a review blog. I want to encourage the world to read and open up the wonders aof the universe.

  42. It ends up letting us talk about similar books

  43. I wouldn’t know most of the friends on fb if it weren’t for us all sharing a love of books! And when I was a kid.. Yes, Matilda inspired me to stand up to my own bullies >^.^<

  44. Beth T. says:

    Some of my strongest friendships had their beginnings in the shared love of a book, and all of my friendships have been strengthened by the love of reading.

  45. Matilda didn’t inspire me to band together with others, but it did inspire me to continue reading and indulge in my inner curiosity and to believe that situations could always get better!

  46. Reading has always been a big part of my life, and I have met many friends at book groups over the years.