Matilda by Roald Dahl
Published by: Puffin Books
Genres: Children, Fiction, Fantasy
Date Read: 06/03/2015
Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!
I honestly don’t know how I had never read a Roald Dahl book. Matilda was a tale of abuse and neglect, and how that brilliant little girl learned to rise above it. Matilda is a lovable protagonist, revered for her mischievous nature and easily sympathized with because of her abusive parents who don’t recognize how extraordinary she is. Admittedly, she’s a vengeful girl, but that never subtracts from her likability.
There are even important messages neatly tucked into the story:
“It was easier the second time, much much easier. I think it’s like anything else, the more you practice it, the easier it gets.”
I loved Matilda’s vibrant character. Matilda is an exceptional girl, ridiculously brilliant, a voracious reader, and self-sufficient even at the early age. She’s born into a horrible and negligent family too disdainful to see her worth.
I did enjoy this book, but I was a little unimpressed by it. Maybe it’s because I’ve already watched the movie, and it was a good movie honestly. The pranks carried out by Matilda
were quite humorous in written form, but watching them acted out on screen was ultimately better.