Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- Matilda

Matilda

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

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!

Thoughts:

I have so much love for the book Matilda. It has to be one of my most favourite Roald Dahl books, if not my favourite. Argh. I just love it so much. I have reread it recently, because I read it to my first ever class. I do intend to read it to my current class too, after our current class book.

If you don’t know the story of Matilda (where have you been?) it’s about a exceptionally gifted girl. Her parents think she’s the most irritating child ever. Matilda is desperate to go to school and learn. She doesn’t expect to be facing an awful headmistress who takes an immediate disliking to her. The Trunchbull is an awful headmistress. She thrives on punishing and hurting children. Matilda wants to teach her a lesson once and for all.

I remember having such fond memories of reading Matilda when I was younger. I can’t even recall how many times I reread it. Going back to it, even after reading it fairly recently was such a lovely, heart-warming experience for me. This book just fills me with joy even though there are bloomin’ terrible characters. I love to hate Mr and Mrs Wormwood and the evil Miss Trunchbull.

I was struck by how things are a little different in the film. Mrs Wormwood in the book is rather a curvy lady but she isn’t as much in the film. There’s also more play on Matilda’s powers, which I can imagine does make the film that little bit more magical. It is just as dark though. I hated the way Matilda was spoken to. Evil parents! I thought that Miss Honey’s back story was much more fleshed out and upsetting in the book. I can’t believe Roald Dahl got away with writing such dark stuff for children, but it certainly didn’t do me any harm.

I really do believe there is no writer like Roald Dahl. His books make me so happy. I would love to reread more in the future as part of this feature!

For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

Next up in Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge (March):
The Girl Of Ink And Stars- Kiran Millwood Hargrave

13 thoughts on “Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- Matilda

  1. Matilda was one of my favourites growing up and I love it so. I just read yer sister’s review and enjoyed it immensely. I loved yer review as well and am glad it be shared with yer classes as well. Every child should have the chance to read this one. I recently did a re-visit of the witches and that was wonderful after so many years. A link below if ye be interested. No pressure.
    x The Captain

    https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/second-reflections-the-witches-roald-dahl/

  2. Love this one!! Just read it with my 7 yr old daughter and now she’s in love with Dahl. We’re reading The Witches right now and have the rest of them to read! They’re as fun to read as an adult as they were when I was a kid! ❤

  3. Matilda is by far my favourite book from childhood (and now). When I was a kid I connected instantly with it because I spent most of time at the library with lots of books – my nanny was my aunt who is a librarian. And I love how Roal Dahl writes for kids, but I have yet to read any of his adult books.

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