Review: Matilda by Roald Dahl

July 23, 2015 Book, Reviews 4 ★★★★½

Review: Matilda by Roald DahlMatilda by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Classic, Fantasy & Magic, Friendship
Published by Puffin Books on April 1st 1990
Source: Own
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For hundreds of kids "The Trunchbull" is pure terror—for Matilda, she's a sitting duck.Who put superglue in Dad's hat? Was it really a ghost that made Mom tear out of the house? Only sweet, gentle Matilda knows. Because she's the one playing all the jokes! She's a genius with idiot parents—and she's having a great time driving them crazy. But at school things are different. At school there's Miss Trunchbull, two hundred pounds of kid-hating bully. Pull a trick on "The Trunchbull" and she'll string you up. Get rid of The Trunchbull and you'll be a hero for every kid in Crunchem Hall. But that would take a superhuman genius. Or may a sweet, gentle—crafty—genius?

Matilda was truly a marvelous story from the beginning until end. I could feel the child inside of me rejoice at all the occurrences of Matilda and funny bits the narrator mentioned. I would also feel that bubbling frustration I’ve had since seeing the movie when I was a kid at seeing how horrible Matilda’s parents were, not to mention the malevolent Miss Trunchbull. Every description of her made me want to shudder.

Matilda was smarter than I ever imagined, with her silent understanding of things and comprehension beyond anyone her age. It was so much that Miss Honey simply knew she had to do something for that girl’s brain to feel challenged.

I was also so amazed at what a crook was Matilda’s dad, Mr. Wormwood! He would put sawdust into the cars, change the mileage, and tell everyone the say lie about how it was an almost-new car he was selling when it was actually trash. And what a patriarch he was! He wouldn’t pay attention to things Matilda would do, complain about her reading, say she lied if she answered correctly on a math problem, and then plainly call her stupid! Gah I wanted to hit that man so hard in the head at the atrocities.

And the mother! All she cared about was how she looked and would say that brains got you nowhere. She told this to Matilda and then insulted Miss Honey telling her how Miss Honey had books and look at how she was, and Mrs. Wormwood had beauty and she was married and with money. Simply atrocious.

This book is an inspiration for readers of all ages, specially those who don’t appreciate Literature. You can feel the love Matilda has for reading seeping through the pages and make all book lovers sigh in contentment at the descriptions of worlds unimaginable, adventures, and the overall enjoyment of a good book to read through the afternoon.

My mom loves the movie and I’m gonna make her read this. They are both pretty similar, but each has its own unique charm. Matilda is the  type of book everyone should read and marvel at the beauty of the words it contains. Simple, yet extraordinary, just like Matilda herself.

Rating: 4.5 stars


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Overall: 3.8
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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • Karen

    I’ve only seen the movie but it was adorable!

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • I’ve never read this, nor have seen the movie. My boy might be too old for this book now, though.

  • I’ve read the books and the movie and AM IN LOVE with this story! Have you watched the movie yet? 🙂 If not, you really should!

  • I loved this book so much back in the day, especially since Matilda really appreciated readers herself. Great review Jennifer!