Fearless Heroine, Nasty Villains, Hilarious Revenge: Review of Matilda by Roald Dahl

Fearless Heroine, Nasty Villains, Hilarious Revenge: Review of Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda has everything a good story should: pranks, plot twists that will make you gasp and just a little bit of magic. Our protagonist Matilda is an extraordinary bookworm who, with the help of her lovely school teacher, Miss Honey, gives the grown-up bullies a lesson they won’t forget. Author Roald Dahl is (of course) a creative mastermind that sends imaginations of all ages soaring, plus there are illustrations scattered throughout which help to visualise some of the ridiculous situations that poor Matilda finds herself in.

This is a great story to read aloud to kids aged 5+, or for more confident readers to devour on their own. I think we can all agree that Matilda was a childhood treasure for many of today’s book lovers. It’s a timeless story that continues to captivate every time I pick it up, no matter how old I get.

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Publisher details

Matilda
Author
Roald Dahl
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
01 October, 1988

Synopsis

Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary genius with really stupid parents.Miss Trunchbull is her terrifying headmistress who thinks all her pupils are rotten little stinkers.But Matilda will show these horrible grown-ups that, even though she's only small, she's got some very powerful tricks up her sleeve . . .#3 Top 50 Kids' Books 2019 - Older Readers 
Roald Dahl
About the author

Roald Dahl

When he was at school Roald Dahl received terrible reports for his writing - with one teacher actually writing in his report, 'I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means. He seems incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper!'After finishing school Roald Dahl, in search of adventure, travelled to East Africa to work for a company called Shell. In Africa he learnt to speak Swahili, drove from diamond mines to gold mines, and survived a bout of malaria where his temperature reached 105.5 degrees (that's very high!).With the outbreak of the Second World War Roald Dahl joined the RAF. But being nearly two metres tall he found himself squashed into his fighter plane, knees around his ears and head jutting forward. Tragically of the 20 men in his squadron, Roald Dahl was one of only three to survive. Roald wrote about these experiences in his books Boy and Going Solo.Later in the war Roald Dahl was sent to America. It was there that he met famous author C.S. Forester (author of the Captain Hornblower series) who asked the young pilot to write down his war experiences for a story he was writing. Forester was amazed by the result, telling Roald 'I'm bowled over. Your piece is marvellous. It is the work of a gifted writer. I didn't touch a word of it.' (an opinion which would have been news to Roald's early teachers!). Forester sent Roald Dahl's work straight to the Saturday Evening Post. Roald Dahl's growing success as an author led him to meet many famous people including Walt Disney, Franklin Roosevelt, and the movie star Patricia Neal. Patricia and Roald were married only one year after they met!The couple bought a house in Great Missenden called Gipsy House. It was here that Roald Dahl began to tell his five children made-up bedtime stories and from those that he began to consider writing stories for children.An old wooden shed in the back garden, with a wingbacked armchair, a sleeping bag to keep out the cold, an old suitcase to prop his feet on and always, always six yellow pencils at his hand, was where Roald created the worlds of The BFG, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many, many more.

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