The 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.