Summary from GoodReads:
This beloved Roald Dahl title is now available in a gorgeous hardcover classic edition.
Matilda is a brilliant and sensitive child, but her parents think of her only as a nuisance. When one day she is attacked by her odious headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to avenge herself!
I know, I know, I have been talking about Matilda non-stop for the last month or so. I am still having difficulty controlling my excitement of seeing the musical on Broadway in June. Also, it’s Matilda’s 25th anniversary, so I thought it would be a good time to re-read this one. I’ve read Matilda a few times before, but it’s probably been at least five years since the last re-read. And even though I’ve read it numerous times, this book was still magical.
Matilda is just so relatable and likable and just totally awesome. For us book bloggers, she’s like us in that she loves to read, and would rather read than do pretty much anything. But you don’t have to love reading to love Matilda (the character). She’s just so smart, and she doesn’t sit back quietly and let people walk all over her. She’s one tough little girl.
One my my favorite parts of the book is when Matilda first meets Miss Honey and Matilda is telling Miss Honey how much children love funny bits in books. I think I loved that so much because 1. books that make me laugh are always my favorites and 2. this might explain why I love children’s books so much – because so many of them make me laugh.
I absolutely adore that Matilda, this tiny five-year-old girl ends up saving not only the kids but the grown-ups too. As Matilda sings in the musical “‘Cause if you’re little, you can do a lot, you mustn’t let a little thing like ‘little’ stop you.” I couldn’t agree more. I think this book is pretty empowering for children. But I also love Matilda because adults can find lots of things to love in this book, too. It reminds us that is something isn’t right, it’s not okay to just sit and watch it happen. You should try to make things better. Seriously, if you haven’t read Matilda yet, don’t waste another minute. Run out and get yourself a copy. I’m pretty sure every library has it.
P.S. If you want to hear Matilda sing that little bit I quoted above, check out the video below from the Olivier Awards.