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Matilda by Roald Dahl 25 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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!


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.

About the author

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.

Roald Dahl may have summed up the power of books to transport readers best in Matilda, where he wrote, “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.” Every Tuesday, bloggers on the Matilda 25th Anniversary tour will write about how they use books as an escape from real life.

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:

Add how books help you escape in the comments! 

**Comment to win a copy of Matilda!


  1. maya said...:

    Ah, I do love Matilda. I always ally enjoyed looking at the illustrations - I think the ones of a tiny Matilda holding a huge book were my favourite ;)

  1. Anonymous said...:

    this is one of my all time favourite books. when I was little, I used to LOVE matilda, and tbh it was her (and/or Roald Dahl) that made me want to read.
    the memories <3

  1. awesome contest! thanks so much! books help me get away from stress by escaping!!

  1. Since I was a kid I ran to books to escape. I was so awkward and shy and small and the characters in my books were so amazing. I spent just as much time imagining fantastical adventures for myself as I did reading.

  1. My boys love this book. It would be great to have a copy for our home library!

  1. Unknown said...:

    I can't believe Matilda is 25 years old. This was one of my favorite books when I was little!!!!

  1. bn100 said...:

    They're fun to escape to and relax.

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  1. Meghan said...:

    I used to love this book and the "BFG." Such classics! With the movie, "Matilda," I, of course, became even MORE obsessed with these novels!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  1. Unknown said...:

    Books are my way of escaping. A good book will take you into the characters world and lives and really make you feel like you are apart of that book. I have been able to almost smell the smells around the characters that is how into books I get!

  1. I loved reading Matilda when I was little. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I've actually never read this book before. I didn't know the movie had been based off of a book or else I would have looked a copy up a long time ago.

  1. kwyoke said...:

    I'm a super Roald Dahl fan, and I love Matilda the second best, behind The Witches. She's such a genius and strong and nice person despite her lousy family. And Ms Honey is so sweet! And Ms Turnbull >< Anw I love Matilda and although I have a copy of the book, I wouldn't mind watching the musical :)
    And Im INT in case this isn't opened to me ><

  1. I LOVE Roald Dahl but I've never read Matilda because I saw the movie so many times as a kid. I very much loved the movie and would love to finally read the book. Plus, I have a niece who loves to read to pass it on to. :)

  1. Mary said...:

    Love this book. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Books are wonderful escapes that take you to far off places. They help me to relax, unwind and dream!

  1. I used to read MATILDA all the time with my daughter when she was little. I'd a love a copy thank you.

  1. Matilda is one of my all time favourite books! :D A good book commands all of your attention and can draw you out of your own head...helping you escape :)