Book Review: Matilda by Roald Dahl

Book cover of Matilda by Roald DahlMatilda by Roald Dahl (1988)
240 pages
Goodreads Summary: Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Roald Dahl and I’ve heard the name many times but wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I also had no idea what the story of Matilda was about and I think I keep getting her confused with Madeleine from another children’s book by Ludwig Bemelmans.  So I decided to read this and see if I’d missed out on an awesome book.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this book.  I loved the plot and how it developed because it wasn’t at all what I was expecting.  Of course some aspects seemed quite unrealistic such as how thoughtless and crass her parents were as well as the magnified abuse of Mrs. Trunchbull, the headmistress who throws children out windows.

Matilda enjoys playing tricks on her family when they mistreat her and I thought she would pull some epic prank on Mrs. Trunchbull, as opposed to the somewhat supernatural turn the book took.  I don’t know if I’d recommend this book to children because it seems to teach that you should retaliate and get revenge when people are mean to you which isn’t the most constructive way of dealing with others.

Still, it was quite satisfying to see how Matilda resolved things in the end, without using violence even.  So I had no expectations really going in and was happily surprised to find a unique story that provided a very enjoyable read.  I’m curious to see how other people enjoyed this book, especially when they were younger, and how it influenced them since I never read it as a kid.  I’d recommend it to adult readers too even if they’ve never read it. And I look forward to possibly reading other books by Roald Dahl.  Any recommendations?  🙂

My Rating:  ★★★★☆

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