Blog Tour: Matilda's 25th Anniversary + Matilda Prize Pack Giveaway

Welcome to our stop during Matilda 25th Anniversary blog tour. 

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!
We’re all jealous of Matilda’s amazing abilities to move objects with her mind, but where does it come from? Miss Honey wonders the same thing:

     “’A precocious child,’ Miss Honey said, ‘is one that shows amazing intelligence early on. You are an unbelievably precocious child.’
     ‘Am I really?’ Matilda asked.
     ‘Of course you are. You must be aware of that. Look at your reading. Look at your mathematics.’
     ‘I suppose you’re right.’ Matilda said.
Miss Honey marveled at the child’s lack of conceit and self-consciousness.
     ‘I can’t help wondering,’ she said, ‘whether this sudden ability that has come to you, of being able to move an object without touching it, whether it might have something to do with your brainpower.’

Even if the rest of us never achieve telekinesis, books can give everyone a kind of superpower. Every Thursday, bloggers on the Matilda 25th Anniversary tour will write about what kind of superpower they’ve gained from reading. Add your own superpower in the comments!

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.

About 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.

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 Me, My Shelf, and I tomorrow!

To keep the celebration going, we have one Matilda prize pack to giveaway. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The prize pack includes a paperback copy of Matilda (The pink cover version), a copy of the Matilda Broadway soundtrack and a Matilda Broadway poster. Good luck!

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  1. I really don't recall reading it the first time. I just remember reading it over and over.

  2. I dont remember reading it for the first time either. I just remember reading it and that I loved it. I love the movie that was made from it too.

  3. My teacher read it to us when I was in third grade, and it has been one of my all time favorite books ever since. The teacher the following year was also a huge Roald Dahl fan and read us The Witches, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; I read every Dahl book I could get my hands on after that. Thank you, awesome elementary school teachers :)

  4. I vaguely remember reading matilda in middle school. We read a lot of Roald Dahl's books and it always stuck with me because I love books and I love reading.

  5. I´ve never read it. I watch the movie and since I like it, I would probably love the book

  6. I don't quite remember the first time I read it--although I'm sure there must have been a first time--but I can remember reading it over and over again every time it happened to catch my eye at the library. I read very fast, so short books often don't last longer than half an hour or so, but Matilda really drew me into her world and I wanted to stay there forever reading about her adventures.

  7. I read it too many times to count throughout elementary and middle school. It was definitely one of my favorites. :)

  8. It wasn't around when I was young, but it was around when my children were! All three of my girls just loved it! Not to mention the movie Matilda also! That poor movie got used so much that I finally had to throw it away it skipped so much!

  9. It was definitely in elementary school :)

  10. I've never read the book, I only saw the movie.

  11. I don't think I've ever read the book. Seems like a cute story from the movie though. Thanks!

  12. I haven't read Matilda yet. I did check it out at the library at my last visit, so hopefully that will soon change. :)

  13. In the 3rd grade is when I was first introduced to Matilda!


  14. I can't remember how young I was back then, but I remember it was one of the first few books I owned.

  15. I know I read it, but I have no memory of it! I LOVED the movie, too!


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