Matilda by Roald Dahl

matildaSometimes I can be unpredictable, like this weekend when I impulsively decided I want to read children’s fiction. I haven’t read children’s fiction in almost 2 years. It’s not the genre I typically explore, because, erm, well… I’m not a kid, but for some reason I wanted to read Matilda again. I saw the movie a few times and absolutely love it, so I decided to pick up the book for a light read…

The story is about Matilda, a little girl who is gifted with intelligence way beyond her years. At the age of 5 Matilda could master complex multiplications, read all the children’s fiction in her local library and even works from authors such as Dickens. Only problem she has is her parents do not embrace her unique talents, in fact they are not even aware of it.

The beginning of the book, or the first half, had me in absolute stitches! It was so hilarious, the way Roald Dahl describes her family dynamics in the house. From the grumpy and rude Mr Wormwood, to the ridiculously ignorant Mrs Wormwood.

Matilda eventually persuades her parents to send her to school where she met Miss Honey, her teacher and mentor. Miss Honey learns about Matilda’s abilities and tries to help her get ahead with much resistance from headmistress Miss Trunchball. The latter being a devious, disgusting old woman who is also Miss Honey’s aunt. Matilda later realises she has a talent to move things with her eyes – like magic! If you remember the movie, you will know what happens next 🙂

Needless to say, I loved this book! The description of the scenes are hilarious, I imagine a child sitting and chuckling along happily to this book (or maybe even laugh out loud, which I did btw). The illustrations are also really cute, I mean little Matilda is adorable (and so it’s the actress in the movie!)

I will recommend this book to any kid, it’s a lovely read. Just know that Mr and Mrs Wormwood verbally abuses their child, and so does Miss Trunchbull. No bad words are used, though.

Rating: ★★★★★

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  • therelentlessreader

    Matilda :*) I love that story so very, very much! I think it’s great that you decided to read some children’s fiction. I love that 🙂

    • Thanks Jen! It was great reading it. Such a funny story, with a happy ending 🙂

  • Thanks Jen! It was great reading it. Such a funny story, with a happy ending 🙂

  • I really love this book. I even picked it up in French to practice my language skills on! It’s great in any language you read it 🙂

    • I think its one of my favorite children’s fiction! It’s such a great story, it kind of stays with you. I read ‘The Witches’ too – it was a prescribed book in primary school, its also nice.

  • I love that you read this. Sometimes I think about picking up a Baby-Sitters Club book, but I know that if I do I’ll end up reading all zillion of them 😀

    • I remember that series! I still have 3 of those books. I don’t remember reading all of them, I might have missed a few. Maybe you and Rebecca can be silly and make a book club to read young adult and childrens fiction 😉

  • Oh, Matilda is a wonderful little girl! I feel like I should revisit her…

    • She is very likable. I liked the animated Matilda as much as I adored the actress who played her 🙂

      You should read it, we all needs some children’s fiction in a while. They’re funny and uplifting. A nice afternoon read. Do it, Do it 🙂

  • I love Roald Dahl and his sense of humor. I use to read his books aloud to my sons, but we missed this one. I still love reading children’s literature so I can’t miss out on reading Matilda — it sounds so cute!

    • I’ve only read 3, I think. This one and “The Witches” and I prefer Matilda. His sense of humor is great, I laughed out loud. I love how he creates that atmosphere without using bad words etc…
      You should read this one to them, I’m sure it will leave them giggling! And then they can watch the movie 🙂

  • I read this book years ago and cannot really remember much about it. I think I will actually pick it up some day!

    • You should, its a fun read. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

  • You are NEVER too old for Matilda. It’s one of my favorite books. I have read it 2x on my own, plus I’ve read it to my students when I taught elem school!!!! And the movie is amazing, too, for a book movie!

    • I might just read it again too!! The movie is awesome, I loved it and must have seen it a hundred times 🙂

  • I love Roald Dahl! I was a teacher in Hong Kong last year and read my kids “The BFG.” I’d read it years ago when I was a kid… My students loved it, and I did, too! Roald Dahl is great. 🙂

    • I should read that one too, I guess. Roald Dahl writes some of the most entertaining children’s fiction, I really love his work and sense of humor 🙂

  • You took me back to my childhood! I read this book in my pre-teens. I have watched the movie over and over, just watched it the other day. You make me want to read “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”

    • I know, I loved that movie as a child and I still do! It’s so funny and cute. I read The Witches too – more than a year ago but I haven’t read any of his other books. Now you making me curious about reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I also love how Embeth Davidtz (from Matilda) is a SA actress, she was so adorable in that movie as Miss Honey.

  • Awww. this was one of my fave books as a child. I simply loved it, and I look forward to sharing it with my daughter when she is old enough. Such a classic 🙂

    • I enjoy his children’s fiction so much! How old is your daughter? You should let her watch the movie too 🙂

  • I loved the movie when I was a kid and I enjoyed reading and school so much my dad started calling me “Matilda”. Now I feel nostalgic and really want to watch it again!

    • You should! And maybe you can even read the book, too.

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  • I love Matilda, and I just found out that Penguin released a Hardcover Classic Edition of this. I started to collect these last year and I have to add Matilda to them, so looks like I’ll be buying another book but what a great excuse to read Matilda again!

    • I love this book – it was so funny! You should not have told me that … 🙂

  • I love Roald Dahl! I remember thinking Matilda was disturbingly dark, but that’s probably because I was reading it out loud to my daughter was she was littler and she was terrified of Ms. Trunchball. The BFG, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, and The Witches are all big favorites at my house. I love revisiting childhood favorites!

    • When i first saw the movie I thought the same thing – that kids would find Ms Trunchball scary. I love his books, they are delightful. I have only read The Witches and Matilda. I should check out The BFG and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory – maybe next time I choose to read children’s fiction.

      • I had never read The BFG as a kid myself, but when my son’s teacher started reading it to the class, he begged me to get a copy for home as well. It’s really adorable.

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