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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!

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. Add how books help you escape in the comments!

Matilda definitely uses books as an escape from her horrible parents and Miss Trunchbull. When she reads books, she doesn’t have to think about anything bad in her life. How have books been an escape for you, like they are for Matilda?

Funny thing about Matilda is that my husband was the one to introduce me to this fantastic character. Matilda was actually one of his favorite books as a child and he’s mentioned it often with fondness since we’ve been married. It’s a book I know he’s eager to read to both of our children because of the message Matilda shares about being positive and diving into good books when you need an escape from everyday life.

For me personally books have long been a way for me to escape. I’m not one to read non-fiction or anything too serious because I’ve always relied on books as a way for me to travel far away to magical lands or as a way to work through the things going on in my life. From books that take me places I’ve never been before like Alison Croggon’s Pellinor series to books that help me work through life like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, each has brought a new outlook to my own life and helped me feel less alone in this big world. This among many other reasons is why I read. Books have the power to transform you from the inside out, to change the person you are and make you better for having picked them up. Books are 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! (Open to US residents only. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.) You can buy tickets, see pictures, and listen to music from Matilda the Musical on their website:

Roald Dahl PHOTOAbout 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.

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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.

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 GreenBeanTeenQueen tomorrow!

Find Matilda by Roald Dahl at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN/ISBN-13: 0142410373 / 9780142410370

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28 Responses to Giveaway: Matilda by Roald Dahl Turns 25!

  1. anne says:

    Reading has brought me hours of escape and pleasure. Many thanks.

  2. Word Lily says:

    I read because it enriches my mind and stretches my horizons. Escaping through reading (experiencing a different reality/world/circumstance) is one of the best things ever!

  3. Sue Smith says:

    I read because I LOVE it! It enlarges my world, inspires me, stirs my creativity, and nourishes my soul.

  4. rosemond says:

    First of all, I’m with your hubby! I love Matilda!!

    I read because it allows me to be a different, bolder, more adventurous version of myself! It allows for both escape and discovery…it is two worlds colliding within me!

  5. O coool. I can’t wait to read it with Baby Whimsy.
    The show is on our NYC to do list too.

  6. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I love to read because it allows be to use my imagination. It allows me to go anywhere, imagine different places and different characters. With reading, anything is possible. It allows me to relax and escape my every day life.

  7. PragmaticMom says:

    I feel like I am living multiple lives including back in time.

  8. Cee says:

    I read because I love being able to imagine the world the author creates. It relaxes me when I’m feeling stressed out. Reading allows me to go anywhere.

  9. bn100 says:

    because it’s relaxing

  10. Jasmine Marie says:

    To travel in time and in different worlds. 🙂

  11. HilLesha says:

    I love to read, because it often quiets my busy mind. Also, it’s so interesting how one can connect with the character(s) as if they’re real.

  12. I loved reading so much as a child that I studied Translation and now I translate books 🙂

  13. Summer G says:

    I loved this book and movie as a child!

  14. Kristie says:

    I read because I love it when I get the chance. It helps me forget about what’s going on and just relax 🙂

  15. Alison says:

    I’ve already read Matilda (with my kids) and we’ve seen the Matilda movie (with Danny DeVito), but I’d love to do it all again with my daughter and the seven girls in her book club.

  16. Christine says:

    Reading is a way of feeling like you are wrapped in a fuzzy blanket.

  17. Andrea says:

    Personally, I just love the rush that comes from experiencing a completely different world through someone else’s eyes. Reading offers me the perfect release from everyday life, and no matter what sort of mood I’m in, reading will always make me feel happier. (Unless I’m tired, in which case…Nope.)

    Also, Matilda is such an awesome book/character/musical. So epic. 😀

  18. i like to read about other times, it feels like more of an escape!

  19. When I was a child I read books for the thrill of adventures I couldn’t find in my day-to-day life. As an adult that’s the reason why I write them.

  20. Steph says:

    I read because I love fantasy and adventures.

  21. I read because it helps me escape to a world where my problems don’t exist.
    -Scott Reads It!

  22. Madison says:

    I love reading because you can become the characters you are reading about. As you read about their thoughts you begin to feel what they feel. Books can take you to another place, another time, even another world completely. You can live out your dreams, fantasies and sometimes your nightmares in books, but all without the baggage. I love reading and I will never stop!

  23. Sho says:

    I love to read because it IS escape, to me. It’s the easiest medium to get lost in every imaginable world. You could be someone just like you, who gives you insights into your real world choices, or someone totally different with totally different options and preferences.

  24. karen says:

    I read because it takes to places I long to visit and time periods that I would love to time travel to.

  25. Cait says:

    I read because I find there’s no better way to disappear into other worlds than by letting my imagination create a fantastical atmosphere around me. Reading helps me escape because it engages my imagination, and whisks me to places, all while sitting on my couch.

  26. Sofia G. says:

    I read because it’s truly an amazing thing!! It activates your imagination as soon as you open a book and there is no limit! these amazing stories live forever!

  27. Sofie says:

    I love to read simply because it is the best thing to do!!!

  28. Guille V. says:

    I like to read because I learn. Because it always ends up giving me a new and better perspective.

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