My Classics Club Spin Book: Matilda

matildaThe last Classics Club Spin gave me Roald Dahl’s Matilda to read. It was a quick read, and I finished the book several weeks ago. The reason I haven’t written a review earlier is that I didn’t know what to write. Simply stated: I fell in love with Matilda as soon as I started reading.

In Matilda I found a wonderful heroine who despite having practically no faults was accessible and plausible and whose remarkable intelligence was less important than her loyalty and her innate sense of justice.

I despised Matilda’s ignorant parents, felt for poor Miss Honey, and trembled before the evil Miss Trunchbull. I wavered only once, and that was when Matilda was able to move a glass of water and make the chalk write words on the blackboard by simply staring at the objects. Giving Matilda superpowers seemed over the top, and I wondered how Dahl would handle that further down the story. I shouldn’t have worried… he came up with the perfect explanation. All in all, I found a story that has appeal to both children and adults—something that is not easily achieved.

A number of original and entertaining characters, a smart heroine, and a heartwarming story (not to mention the simply perfect illustrations by Quentin Blake) make for one wonderful read that I can’t wait to share with the kids.

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11 comments

  1. Reading your post has just made me realise that I only ever read James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and Choc Factory as a child. And you’ve made it sound like I’ve missed out on something pretty special.
    Great review thanks.

  2. Roald Dahl is my favorite author of all time! If you love his children’s books you will love his adult short stories. Dark humor ftw! And what is Roald Dahl without his sidekick Quentin Blake?

    • I LOVED the illustrations! They were straightforward, but added so much to the book. I did not know that Dahl has written adult short stories, but I will definitely check them out. I like dark humor! Thanks for the recommendation.

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