Review: Matilda by Roald Dahl

matilda pinkMatilda
Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Puffin Books
Age Group: Children’s
Source: Amazon
Good Reads  |  Amazon
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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!

My Thoughts

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.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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10 Responses to Review: Matilda by Roald Dahl

  1. Melinda says:

    I just finished reading Matilda yesterday and am about to write a review too. Loved it, 5 stars from me on goodreads. The beginnning of the book was so funny, I couldn’t stop laughing.

    • Quinn says:

      It is so funny! All the tricks she does to get back at her parents. Oh, and I love the bit about parents thinking their children are brilliant!

  2. Rhin says:

    I loved Matilda, too. And I agree with you – both the young and the old can learn a lot of things from this book. Aside from the movie there’s also a musical? I’m so jealous that you get to watch its musical show. I’m so far away from there. Haha! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

    • Quinn says:

      Yes, the musical! It’s a West End production in London and it did so well and won tons of Olivier awards. And now they’ve brought it to Broadway and it opens soon. I am so excited!

  3. I love seeing musicals so I am envious! 🙂

  4. I haven’t read this book since I was child and I really barely remember it at all. I think it’ll be great as a musical though! That’s one I would love to see!

  5. Rachel says:

    I didn’t know there was going to be a musical! This was by far my favorite book when I was a kid. My copy was so battered and I watched the movie all the time. Miss Honey was my favorite character. She was *so* caring and I love how she took Matilda in.

  6. Tanya says:

    I cannot even begin to tell you how happy it makes me to find a review of Matilda on a blog. 🙂

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