I was over 60 when I discovered Roald Dahl and this is my favorite book by him. With all the books being written nowadays that seem to want to rub young people's noses in the grim realities of life, there is a place for Dahl's sort of fantasy, in which right wins out for a happy ending. There is something very satisfying in Dahl's savage, yet humorous, treatment of hateful people of all sorts.
I began reading Roald Dahl's books as an adult. I really love them. This is quite possibly his very best. Little Matilda is ignored by family but puts it all to good use to become a genius and maybe something more. Dad's hat gets superglued to his head and his black hair turned platinum. Mom is sure there are ghosts in the house. But the fun really starts when gestapo type school headmistress Miss Trunchbull thinks she can bully Matilda and her friends.
I read this book when I was in 4th grade and I loved it then.
Anytime I feel down or upset I will pick it up and read some of it. So I've probably only read the book cover to cover 10 or so times but it's probably my favorite story ever. I;ve read parts of it so much that my copy is falling apart. Scotch tape works wonders....
I find it hard to critique this book as it is one of my favorites and when I read it I just get lost in the story. I think that being it's one of the books that has stayed with me from childhood I have a very special bond with the characters in this book.
This is my favorite of all of Roald Dahl's books. With humor and a good plot, it is for all ages. Matilda is a brilliant girl who knows how to outwit others in a funny and clever way. I've read this several times, but I re-read my favorite parts over and over again. Roald Dahl is amazing with what he writes, and I can not describe how delighted I am with the book Matilda.
About a girl named Matilda who has unconcerned parents, and an annoying brother named Michael who follows after his father. At her school there is a horrible Head Mistress named Miss Trunchbull that doesn't like small children, but Matilda get even with her magic.
This was one of my favorites as a kid. When I was little, I wanted to be Matilda. Maybe that's why I read so much now. I recently re-read it as a "grown up" and found I loved the story and characters even more. A great book for childern and adults, Matilda is lightheard, but also touches on some deep themes and I think deep down we all wish we had her abilities.
A lovely book by the genius writer, Roald Dahl. This book is a sure favorite for children everywhere! Matilda is a bookworm in a tv watchers world. Perhaps you can relate? Very creative and great imagery.
There are people who may like this sort of book, but I am not one of them. It is one thing to have clear heroes and villains, but Dahl goes overboard, the villains so over-the-top repugnant in all things and the good guys so wonderful and perfect that credibility is stretched, even for a children's book, something like a bad fanfic. I had to quit halfway through, the book made me cringe just like the squeal of braking with severely worn brake pads. Our children deserve better than this.
Madeline O. reviewed Matilda (Puffin Modern Classics) on
When little Matilda goes off to school for the first time, she already has a wealth of knowledge. How? Reading! If you're a bookworm who loves to read about fictional bookworms, this is for you. It's one of my FAVORITE books.