Title: Matilda (The Adventures of Roald Dahl)

Author: Roald Dahl

Translator: Mahnaz Ildermi

Publisher: Gol Azin

Subject: Children’s stories

Age category: Child

Number of pages: 244

Language: Farsi



Matilda is a kind and exceptional girl, but her parents consider her just a source of resentment. She expects school to be different from home, but the principal, Ms. Tranchbull, is a scary woman who is not happy with children at all. When Matilda is attacked by Mrs. Tranchbol, she suddenly and accidentally realizes that she has a strange power.

Only a genius superhero can stand in front of Ms. Tranchebol and take all the kids’ rights away from her, and Matilda seems to be exactly the same superhero. Matilda always chooses the best solution to her problems, but she is by no means predictable.

In addition to creatively advancing the story, Roald Dahl in Matilda’s novel portrays human emotions in the most believable way possible. The audience identifies with Matilda, because she has real and tangible feelings.

Matilda’s book, by Roald Dahl, translated by Pahnaz Ildermi

These days, the number of children and adolescent novels that are published is not small. Many collections of stories have been written, the protagonist of which is a little girl or boy who sets out fascinating adventures.

But many readers and critics of children and adolescent literature believe that few stories fit the creature of Roald Dahl and his wonderful little hero. Matilda is a unique little girl whom Roald Dahl invites us to travel to her world. Even if you are not young, but your heart is still young and you want to read a good book with attractive illustrations, Matilda is a good choice.

Matilda; Roald Dahl’s masterpiece

Roald Dahl’s fantasy and lovable matilda was first published in the United Kingdom in 1988. This book is one of the best children’s and adolescent books in the world and is ranked third in the list of the top 100 children’s and adolescent novels in the world.

In Matilda, Roald Dahl tells the story of a brave little girl who relies on herself to solve her problems. Although Matilda is not a feminist story, she is definitely a good role model for little girls to take themselves seriously and rely on their own abilities. This is a book of English stories

Quentin Blake, the famous illustrator of Roald Dahl’s books, also illustrated Matilda. Mr. Blake won the Hanskristen Andersen Prize in 2002 for his fascinating and enduring illustrations for children’s books.
October 2018 celebrated the 30th anniversary of Matilda’s release. Under the same pretext, “Quentin Blake” portrayed Matilda in her thirties. He made various designs in which Matilda plays a variety of roles in adulthood; From an explorer to an astronomer and librarian in Britain. “Why does part of us not want to know what Matilda did?” Said Cressida Cole, the English author of children’s books. Nowhere in our hearts does Matilda want to grow up, we want her to be like Peter Pan. “Forever young.”

Matilda Wormwood, little genius

Matilda Wormwood The little genius of Roald Dahl’s book is one of the most fascinating fantasy characters in children’s novels. Roald Dahl has developed the small character of his novel in such a way that despite being a little girl and having few possibilities, he focuses on his inner strengths and manages to change the situation for himself.

Matilda is an intelligent girl who is very interested in reading and, according to some, she is a bookworm! She learned skills such as walking, talking and reading much earlier than other children.

Many parents consider their children geniuses and look at every little move of their children in the form of a strange and wonderful event. But Matilda’s parents are not like that, they call Bhamatilda ugly and say she is a liar, while Matilda is a real genius.
Matilda has read older books at the age of four; Big Dreams, The Old Man and the Sea, Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre, and many other adult books. Matilda has been going to school for six and a half years, where she becomes interested in her beloved teacher, Mrs. Hani. Mrs. Honey takes Matilda seriously and values ​​her talents.

Matilda gradually realizes that she has extraordinary abilities. The small, slightly insidious genius of Roald Dahl uses his abilities to annoy his careless parents a little, and of course some other older ones, such as the naughty school principal who is harassing his beloved teacher, take their place.

Roald Dahl, fantasy illustrator for children

Roald Dahl is an English writer, poet and screenwriter. He was born in 1916 in Landalf. Roald Dahl’s parents were of Norwegian descent. He spent his early years as a fighter pilot in the British Royal Air Force. Roald Dahl’s first writings are about his memories of the war.

He later turned to writing for children and adolescents, creating unique works that attracted many children around him and made him a fantasy land. So far, more than 250 million copies of Roald Dahl’s work have been sold worldwide.

Roald Dahl’s stories stimulate the imagination of children and take them to a land far away from the modern world in which we live. The protagonists of Roald Dahl books are often children who create fascinating adventures based on their own abilities. Roald Dahl’s books are not educational and the author does not advise children, but tells them exciting stories and teaches them altruism, friendliness, courage, honesty and kindness. Roald Dahl can be considered the most influential child and adolescent writer in the history of literature.

Many of Roald Dahl’s books with their unique features and fascinating illustrations have been the subject of motion pictures. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is Roald Dahl’s most famous work, based on the fascinating and lovable film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” directed by Tim Burton.

The screenplay for “You Only Live Twice” is the fifth film in the “James Bond” spy film series by Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl died in 1990 of a rare disease. The Roald Dahl family and publisher, with the support of a number of charities, established the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center, The center is a charity located in Great Misanden, Buckinghamshire, England and The museum officially started operating in 2005. This place is aimed at children aged 6 to 12 and they can get more acquainted with the story space of Roald Dahl and also participate in activities such as storytelling and making crafts.

Matilda; Translation and publication in Iran

Approximately 14 volumes of Roald Dahl’s children’s books have been translated and published in Iran. These books have been translated by various translators. There are several translations of Matilda in Iran, among which we can mention the translation of “Mahboubeh Najafkhani” for Cheshmeh and “Shahla Tahmasebi” for Markaz. The Children and Adolescents Section of Ofogh Publishing in 2007 has published a translation of “Parvin Alipour” from this book.

“Charlie and the Glass Elevator”, “Wizards”, “The Amazing Mr. Fox”, “The Loving Giant” and “The Magic Finger” are other Roald Dahl books for children and teenagers that have been translated and published in Persian in Iran. Among other works by Roald Dahl, the collection of short stories “Eyeless Stories” has been translated into Persian.

Matilda; Film and theater

Matilda’s 1996 fantasy comedy is based on Roald Dahl’s compelling novel. Danny DeVito directed the film. The film captures well the scenes in Roald Dahl’s book and immortalizes Matilda’s strange character in the viewer’s mind. Matilda’s Mara Wilson has won the Young Star Award for Best Young Comedy Actor.

The Matilda Musical Theater is an excerpt from Roald Dahl’s book Matilda by Dennis Kelly. “Tim Minchin” composed the music and songs for this work.
This musical theater was built in 2010 and has been performed in various tours around the world. The musical has won numerous awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical Book and the Critics Circle Theater Award in the United Kingdom.

We read in a part of Matilda’s story

Ms. Hani continued: “I want you to learn as much as you can while you are in this class. Because your job will be easier later. For example, I do not expect you to learn the multiplication table by the end of the week, and I hope you will learn the multiplication table by the end of the year. If you do, it will really help you. “Well, is there anyone among you now who knows the multiplication table right now?”

The only one who raised his hand was Matilda.

Ms. Hani looked carefully at the little black-haired little girl sitting in the second row with her round, serious face, and said, “Excellent! “Please get up and say as much as you know.”

Matilda stood up and began to speak. When he reached two or twelve, twenty-four, he did not pause and continued: “Two thirteen, twenty-six. Two fourteen, twenty-eight.  … »

“Wait,” said Mrs. Hani. “How long do you know?” He asked, listening in amazement to the multiplication table.

“How long?” Said Matilda. Well, I honestly do not know, Ms. Hani. “I think a lot.”

Mrs. Hani paused for a moment to understand what Matilda meant. Then he asked: “Do you know what two twenty-eight is?”

– Yes, Ms. Hani

– How much is it?

Fifty-six to Ms. Hani

What about bigger numbers ?! For example, two to four hundred and eighty-seven? you can say?

“Yes, I think I can,” said Matilda.

-R u sure?

– Yes, Ms. Hani, I’m absolutely sure.

– Well, how much is it ?! How much is two to four hundred and eighty-seven?

“Nine hundred and seventy-four,” said Matilda immediately. He speaks very calmly, politely and casually.

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