London: Jonathan Cape, 1988. [Children's classic] First Edition. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp.240. Publisher's red cloth, gilt titles to spine. Pictorial wraparound dust-wrapper illustrated by Blake, showing printed price of £8.50 net. Numerous in-text illustrations by Blake. Lightly used and a trifle bumped; near fine. Lovingly and hilariously illustrated by Dahl's long term collaborator, Quentin Blake. A children's classic, Matilda tells the story of a highly intelligent girl repressed by both her family and the educational system, and whose frustration manifests itself as telekinesis. Featuring some of Dahl's most memorable creations, such as the bullying headmistress Miss Trunchbull and the put upon but fundamentally good Miss Honey, the novel remains one of the best pieces of children's literature of the past century. In 2010 it was adapted into an award-winning stage musical of the same name. "Even before she is five years old, Matilda has read Dickens, Hemingway, Kipling and Steinbeck, and still her parents think her just a nuisance." Item #54081
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