So, I have written multiple posts where I have shared my love for Roald Dahl (I shall pop links to those at the bottom of this post if you would like to read them) and I have said about how obsessed I am with Matilda especially. I haven’t ever gone into extensive detail on this however. So, as I was sat wondering what to write next I thought why not do a book review on my favourite Roald Dahl book! Let’s hope I can keep this somewhat brief, I tend to go on a little bit when I talk about Roald Dahl but I shall do my best to reign myself in!
I hope you enjoy reading this!
I would love to hear your thoughts on the post and on Matilda/ Roald Dahl in general so please leave a comment when you have finished reading (if you would like to).
AUTHOR: Roald Dahl
This story tells the tale of Matilda, an incredibly gifted little girl who is misunderstood within her family. She finds a kindred spirit in her teacher Miss Honey, and together, with the help of a little magic, they defeat the evil Miss Trunchbull and teach others, namely Matilda’s father Mr Wormwood, some important lessons along the way.
To begin, I just want to reiterate that this is one of my favourite books! It would absolutely make it into my top three and that is saying something because I have read a lot of books in my time!
I will openly admit that there are strong sentimental attachments that I hold for this book. By this I mean, that it reminds me of my childhood and I can’t help but smile at that. Having said that, I have read it over and over as an adult as well and I still manage to enjoy it as much as if I had never read it before so it must just be special.
This book has wonderful characterisation. I can’t imagine that anybody reading it would feel anything but sympathy for Miss Honey, a hatred for Miss Trunchbull and Mr Wormwood and an overwhelming desire for Matilda to win. She is a true heroine in the book and I for one was rooting for her from the start!
It’s not just the characters that stand out though, it is the relationships between them. Matilda and Lavender have a wonderful friendship that really is heartwarming for example. The love and bond between Matilda and Miss Honey provides a great juxtaposition for how Matilda is treated by her family and how Miss Honey is treated by Miss Trunchbull. Matilda and Miss Honey getting their happy ending at the close is the perfect ending to the story.
The emphasis on education is a stand out point for me as well. Matilda loves to read and learn things and this is championed in the book (particularly by Miss Honey). As Matilda is a children’s book I think it is great for kids to read that it is a good thing to learn and read and that it is not something that should be subject to ridicule. In fact, the people that do ridicule it in the story have some less than nice consequences lined up for them!
Matilda really does, for me, have everything that you could want in a story. There is hope, fear, magic, friendship, love, pain, triumph and a happy ending! It is one of those books that will definitely make you smile when you get to the end. It’s an easy read, particularly for an adult, and it’s great for reminding you of the struggles of childhood but the beauty of it as well. It shows us that yes. there are bad people in the world and yes, they will try to overpower you and bring you down but if you fight back then you have a really good chance of reigning supreme!
I admit that when this is read as an adult it does suggest some quite dark elements such as abuse and neglect but I try to ignore those and focus instead on the happiness and magic that can be found, because, when I think of Roald Dahl, I think of smiling and positivity and I don’t want to taint that. I’m sure that for some people the darker side of his literature will overpower anything else, but for me, I choose to keep the magic of his words alive over anything else. How do you feel about this?
So, do I recommend it? Well, of course I do! You guessed that already though right? If you haven’t read it before then grab a copy, you will not be disappointed! If you have read it before then read it again, particularly if you are an adult now and last read it as a kid. I think you might surprise yourself with how much you still enjoy it! Little side note, watch the film as well! It is amazing! Danny DeVito particularly, gives a great performance!
As I said at the start, please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Also, as promised, here are some links to other posts that you may enjoy reading, if you haven’t already.
Until the next time…Jess x