REVIEW: Matilda by Roald Dahl

I stumbled upon this book at the library and couldn’t wait to start reading it since I’d watched the movie starring Danny DeVito and when I was 18.

“Matilda” by Roald Dahl  is the story of a little genius girl born into the wrong family – father is a crookish (and sexist) salesman who tries to think of ways to cheat his customers while her mother is a vain, silly woman who enjoys watching soap soap operas and playing Bingo.

Although she is a whiz at mental math, her father, who thinks that girls should only look pretty and take care of the family (err…like her mother), even accuses Matilda of cheating when she mentally calculates the dishonest profits he gets from selling his cars!

To get back at her mean father, Matilda plays hilarious tricks on him and lucky for her, he never finds out just WHO did them…I had such a good laugh reading about them!!!

At the age of 4, the brilliant little girl toddles her way to the public library and with the help of the nice librarian, Mrs. Phelps, she reads her way through the entire children’s books section and moves on to the classics of English literature…

Alienated by her family, Matilda finds a kindred spirit in her teacher, Miss Honey, who realizes that she has a child prodigy in her class.

However, the school headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is NOT the usual headmistress who takes pride in seeking out the smart or intelligent students. Instead, she dreams of starting a school with NO children!!! Amazing, isn’t she?

I’m not going to spoil the book by revealing the storyline further but rest assured, “Matilda by Roald Dahl” is a great read for 8 – 10 year old girls and boys because Dahl conjures up such amazing, imaginative and hilarious situations between the children and the adults.

Pre-teens will enjoy reading this book from cover to cover!

[rating: 4.5/5]

Now that I’ve read the book, I can say that the movie followed the storyline quite accurately although a thin woman, Rhea Perlman, is casted as Matilda’s mother instead of a plump woman.

Danny Devito’s FANTASTIC as Matilda’s father, of course 🙂

Matilda by Roald Dahl
ISBN: 0-590-99683-5
Publisher: Scholastic (Penguin)

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