Oh Matilda. I so wanted to be you when I was a kid.
When I was a kid, the movie Matilda was my JAM. I didn’t even realize it was based on a book until I was an adult working in a bookstore. So this is both my first time reading Matilda, AND my first time reading a Dahl book! Weird, I know. I’m 26 – how did I go so long without reading one of the biggest children’s authors of all time? Too bad I hadn’t finished this sooner, I could have used it in my Top Ten Books Set in England list this past week.
The book was a good enough read, for an adult reading a kid’s book. It was easy breezy readin’, and I liked that even though I’ve seen the movie a hundred times, I didn’t always see the actors in my mind as a read. My brain came up with it’s own pictures of the characters, and that’s always nice. Although I DO have to say that Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman as Matilda’s parents? PERFECTION.
Anyways, right, the book. I haven’t actually given a summary yet. It’s about a neglected girl named Matilda, who can read Dickens and do math by the time she’s 5. Impressive, right? When she goes to school, she bonds with her sweet teacher Miss Honey and refuses to be afraid of the monstrous headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Stuff ensues. The book is short, cute, and it makes me so so happy to see so much book love in a kid’s book. If my nephew hasn’t read this yet, he totally should. And my niece, when she’s a bit older. Is it a bit unbelievable, as a grown-up? Of course. But it’s still a fun ride.
Also interesting – Matilda is now a musical, and there is supposed to be U.S. tour of it sometime soonish. I would LOVE to see that.
Sarah Says: 3 stars as a grown-up, 5 stars if I was still a kid