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Celebrate 25 years of 'Matilda'

Movie will be shown at 25th anniversary party Sept. 22


“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

These encouraging words can be found in of one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved works, “Matilda.” For those unfamiliar with this book or author, Roald Dahl is responsible for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The BFG” and many more classic stories. His honest and sometimes subversive writing style has made him a childhood favorite for 70 years and counting.

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the first publication of Matilda Wormwood’s story and it is just as popular today as it was back in the ‘80s. The story is about a remarkable little girl with an unremarkable upbringing. Matilda is highly intelligent and would much rather read a book than sit in front of the television with her family every single night. Her parents don’t understand her and therefore pay little attention to her. Then one day, she discovers the public library and her world changes. (You can see why this story is so popular with librarians).

Matilda soon realizes how wrong her situation is, and decides to become a champion for “Right.” When she’s old enough, Matilda is sent to school where she meets the sweet and wonderful Miss Honey and also the monstrous headmistress Ms. Trunchbull. It is here where Matilda discovers she has a special power. But how will she choose to use it?

In 1996, the story was made into a feature film starring Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman and received critical acclaim. The film has continued to be a cult classic since its release. On Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., the West Linn Public Library will be hosting a 25th anniversary party for Matilda, including a screening of this film, crafts, puzzles and even a raffle for books.

Families are encouraged to come and help us celebrate this cherished children’s classic.

In the meantime, make sure to check out some of Roald Dahl’s other great works:

“The Witches” — A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witch’s plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice.”The Enormous Crocodile” — The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors. This hilarious picture book utilizes the iconic illustrations of Quentin Blake.

“The Twits” — This tells of the misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys. Roald Dahl wrote this story in reference to his own great dislike for beards. The first sentence of the story is, “What a lot of hairy-faced men there are around nowadays!”



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