Author: Roald Dahl
Matilda is a brilliant and sensitive child, but her parents think of her only as a nuisance. Even before she is five years old, she has read Dickens and Hemingway and still her parents think of her as a pest. So she decides to get back at them. Her platinum-haired mother and car salesman father are no match for her sharp genius, and neither is the cruel headmistress Miss Trunchbull. And then the child prodigy discovers she has an extraordinary psychic power that can save her school and especially the lovely kindergarten teacher, Miss Honey.
If you know me elsewhere online you’ll of no doubt heard that this weekend I am heading to the Cambridge theatre to see Matilda The Musical. So I couldn’t resist – I had to re-read Matilda!
And I immediately fell back in love with the story, told in the delicious way that Roald Dahl does I couldn’t help but move onto the next chapter to rediscover this tale of a girl who at the tender age of 3 teaches herself to read – and to not just read anything but everything.
Of course I already knew the stunts that Matilda pulls on the adults around her to punish them when they misbehave (or act unethically / unlawfully) but that didn’t stop me giggling away all the way through. And the illustrations from Quentin Blake are of course delightful.
At the back there is a page of tips for writers from Roald and one is that children like to laugh – and this is one area where Roald Dahl never – ever disappoints.
The wormwoods are as unconcerned for their daughter’s well being as ever and Mrs Honey more than makes up for it. She’s almost like the Mum she should have. And of course we can’t forget Mrs. Trunchbull, the headmistress – every Roald Dahl book has a villain of some sort – someone we can all commonly root against and she fits the bill perfectly.
Overall it was lovely to re-enter the world of Matilda (and I was severely tempted to read it all over again the moment I turned the last page – I didn’t want it to end!)
In fact I loved re-reading Matilda so much that I am planning on re-reading all of Roald Dahl’s books again, care to join me?