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Information on identifying editions is from Richard Walker’s “Roald Dahl – A Guide to Collecting His First Editions”.

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Important note: From 2022 onwards, Puffin has edited selected Dahl books to remove sensitive language and insert new sentences not written by Dahl. If you would prefer to read the original text, ensure you get a copy published before 2022 or one of the “Classic Collection” published by Penguin.


Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!



  • Federation of Children’s Book Groups Award (UK 1988)
  • Voted “Nation’s Favorite Children’s Book” in BBC Bookworm Poll (UK 1998)


Criticism and Analysis

Fun Stuff

Matilda Quiz
Matilda Word Find
Matilda Word Find


Teacher Ideas

  • Matilda – Educators’ Guide
    • PDF guide for educators to using Matilda in the Classroom, including chapter-by-chapter lessons plans and tie-in to Broadway musical
  • Matilda – Lesson Plans
    • Several lesson plans for various chapters in the book, which develop various skills through wordplay, drama and many other methods
  • Matilda – Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary
    • Includes excerpt from the text and interactive worksheet
  • Matilda – Sorting Out Homophones
    • Lesson plan where students learn how to identify homophones in a reading passage and how to best use the Visual Thesaurus to help them decide on the appropriate homophones to complete quotations from the book
  • Quick Student Workbooks
    • Designed to get students thinking critically about the text they read and provide a guided study format to facilitate in improved learning and retention


Penguin Readers Covers

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. Simplified story texts are combined with beautiful original illustrations for students aged 7 and above.

Afrikaans Covers – Matilda

Arabic Covers – ماتيلدا

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Bulgarian Covers – Матилда

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Greek Covers – ΜΑΤΙΛΝΤΑ

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