Matilda, the last work of children’s literature written by best-selling British author Roald Dahl, won the Children’s Book Award shortly after publication in 1988. Illustrated by Quentin Blake, to date it has sold over 17 million copies. Matilda was made into a feature film in 1996, directed by Danny DeVito, who also starred as Mr. Wormwood. A critically acclaimed musical based on the novel, Matilda the Musical, was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and opened at Stratford-upon-Avon 2010 and then in London’s West End in 2011 and on Broadway in 2013.


Read the chapter-by-chapter Summary & Analysis, a Full Book Summary, or Full Book Analysis of Matilda.


See a complete Character List for Matilda, as well as in-depth analysis of its most important characters.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the main themes, motifs, and symbols in Matilda.


Here's where you'll find important quotes from Matilda and explanations of them.


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