Matilda by Roald Dahl



Matilda is the story of a five year-old girl called Matilda who is too bright for her age. At the tender age of five years, she has read books of the likes of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. But not all is great in her world. Her parents can’t seem to stand her and only shower affection over her older brother Michael. But her life changes when she joins a school and meets Miss Honey, her class teacher.


I had watched the film adaptation of the book “Matilda” as a kid and and had loved it. Reading this book as an adult made me very nostalgic.The character of Matilda is just adorable and Miss Honey is a lovely person. I loved the story. The only thing that made me wonder was whether this book was suitable for children. The story is written in the manner of an adult’s viewpoint and there are topics such as child neglect by parents, mistreatment of small children by teachers which may not be comprehended properly by kids or may scare them. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book.This was my first read of the year and I loved it! Yay!

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  1. I should read more Roald Dahl, as I’ve read a few books from him over the years and thoroughly enjoyed every one of them! My personal favorite so far is The BFG.

    1. I definitely want to read more Roald Dahl after loving Matilda. I haven’t read the BFG, but I heard about the movie and it makes me wanna pick up the book too.

  2. Both the book and movie adaptation of Matilda are amazing. As a child, I thought the story was funny and silly but now, I realise it has much deeper themes. Great review!

    1. Thank you! I thought the same of the story when I was a kid. Now I too realise the story is quite complex.

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