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.
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: http://us.matildathemusical.
Author 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! https://www.facebook.com/
To find out more about Matilda the Musical on Broadway, visit their Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/
For the next stop on the Matilda 25th Anniversary blog tour, head to Forever Young Adult http://foreveryoungadult.com/on 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