Friday 56: Matilda by Roald Dahl

I was at the library the other day and next door to it is our local bookstore as well. There was a box out front with a sign saying "Free Books" so I happened to take a peek. Sitting on the top was a used paperback book in such great condition called Matilda by the author of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Wow, what a treasure I found!
So, that's what I'm reading right now. How about you... what are you reading?

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions 
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
Post a link along with your post back to this blog Starting Fresh and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
 Here's Mine:
"The big dyeing job was done twice a year at the hairdresser's, but every month or so in between, Mrs. Wormwood used to freshen it up by giving it a rinse in the washbasin with something called PLATINUM BLONDE HAIR-DYE EXTRA STRONG."
 From Matilda by Roald Dahl

Happy Friday everyone!

P.S. More About The Book:

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (August 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142410373

From Publishers Weekly

Matilda is an extraordinarily gifted four-year-old whose parents crass, dishonest used-car dealer and a self-centered, blowsy bingo addict regard her as "nothing more than a scab." Life with her beastly parents is bearable only because Matilda teaches herself to read, finds the public library, and discovers literature. Also, Matilda loves using her lively intelligence to perpetrate daring acts of revenge on her father. This pastime she further develops when she enrolls in Crunchem Hall Primary School, whose headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is "a fierce tyrannical monster . . . ." Adults may cringe at Dahl's excesses in describing the cruel Miss Trunchbull, as well as his reliance on overextended characterization at the expense of plot development. Children, however, with their keenly developed sense of justice, will relish the absolutes of stupidity, greed, evil and might versus intelligence, courage, and goodness. They also will sail happily through the contrived, implausible ending. Dahl's phenomenal popularity among children speaks for his breathless storytelling charms; his fans won't be disappointed by Matilda. Blake's droll pen-and-ink sketches extend the exaggerated humor.

-- LadyD Books
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

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