|Original Publication date||1 October 1988|
| Preceded by|
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985)
| Followed by|
Esio Trot (1989)
Matilda is a children's novel written by British author Roald Dahl. It was published in 1988 by Jonathan Cape in London, with 232 pages and illustrations by the notable illustrator Quentin Blake. The story is about Matilda Wormwood, an extraordinary child with ordinary and rather unpleasant parents. It was adapted into an audio reading by Joely Richardson, a film in 1996, a two-part adaptation for BBC Radio 4 (later re-broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra) starring Nicola McAuliffe as Matilda and narrated by Lenny Henry. In 2010 it was adapted into a musical.
Protagonist Matilda is a girl of unusual precocity, but often ill-treated by her father or neglected by her mother. In retaliation, she pulls pranks such as gluing her father's hat to his head, hiding a parrot in the chimney to simulate a burglar or a ghost, and secretly bleaching her father's hair.