"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:
Between the Covers
Friendly Book Nook