Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Book Jacket

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda!  Who put superglue in Dad's hat?  Was it really a ghost that made Mom tear out of the house?  Matilda is 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 menacing pouds of kid-hating headmistress.  Get rid of the Trunchbull and Matilda would be a hero.  But that would take a superhuman genius, wouldn't it?


There is a reason Roald Dahl's books are kid's classics, and that reason is his combination of whimsy, dark humor, and kids being awesome (and awesomer than most of the adults).  Matilda is a fun read about a little girl and an older girl who grew up in horrible situations.  Through the littler one's genius and master pranks, they live together happily ever after. 

I have to admit I'm not fond of the magic eyeballs.  Despite Miss Honey's pat explanation (you weren't using your brain enough!), it seemed unnecessary.  I would have liked to see Matilda outsmart Miss Trunchbull on her own power, which I have no doubt she could have.

Still, the story is often hilarious, and library's come out on top, so I've got to be a fan of that.

Three out of five newts.

Release Date:  October 1988
Reading Level:  Grade 3+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  J DAH

Don't believe me?  Check out these reviews of Matilda:

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1 comment:

  1. Must be an enjoyable read Matilda by Roald Dahl. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.