The best Thanks to Samra She brought back great memories.This was a favorite of my daughters when she was around 8 or 9 years old Some books just make you smile connect mothers and daughters reading together make us laugh and remind us of simple pleasures This is that type of book Matilda is a lovely little book It s a book about standing up against bullies no matter who the bullies are It s also a book about learning to live with yourself, about being who you are despite the pressures those who are supposed to love you may exert on your personality It s a book written for readers and one that establishes so firmly why reading is so damn important in a world that is becoming increasingly detached from the things that truly matter in life I wish I d read it when I was a kid. Matilda Is A Little Girl Who Is Far Too Good To Be True At Age Five And A Half She S Knocking Off Double Digit Multiplication Problems And Blitz Reading Dickens Even Remarkably, Her Classmates Love Her Even Though She S A Super Nerd And The Teacher S Pet But Everything Is Not Perfect In Matilda S World For Starters She Has Two Of The Most Idiotic, Self Centered Parents Who Ever Lived Then There S The Large, Busty Nightmare Of A School Principal, Miss The Trunchbull, A Former Hammer Throwing Champion Who Flings Children At Will And Is Approximately As Sympathetic As A Bulldozer Fortunately For Matilda, She Has The Inner Resources To Deal With Such Annoyances Astonishing Intelligence, Saintly Patience, And An Innate Predilection For RevengeShe Warms Up With Some Practical Jokes Aimed At Her Hapless Parents, But The True Test Comes When She Rallies In Defense Of Her Teacher, The Sweet Miss Honey, Against The Diabolical Trunchbull There Is Never Any Doubt That Matilda Will Carry The Day Even So, This Wonderful Story Is Far From Predictable Roald Dahl, While Keeping The Plot Moving Imaginatively, Also Has An Unerring Ear For Emotional Truth The Reader Cares About Matilda Because In Addition To All Her Other Gifts, She Has Real Feelings Does anyone really, truly love to learn as much as Matilda Books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message You are not alone. She is such an inspiration and not only because of the freaky telekinetics When I first read this book as a fifth grader, I absolutely connected with her FINALLY someone who likes to read as much as meI would spend hours at the library with my mother, steadily reading my way through a pack of books It was my dream to say,I m wondering what to read next Matilda said I ve finished all the children s booksUnfortunately, I never got the chance but I firmly maintain that if my mother took me to a significantly smaller library then I maybe could ve said Matilda s signature line.Two, very important things 1 Matilda belongs to an absolutely terrible family Wholly and truly despicable Her father cheats people out of their money, her mother is downright nasty and her older brother complaisantly watches as she s harassed.2 Matilda is an absolute genius.She began reading at the age of three and hadn t stopped since Every time she showed the least bit of exceptional talent, her family would maliciously shoot her down She finds solace in books and in a few rather clever pranks on her folks.When Matilda is old enough, she is sent to primary school, in Miss Honey s class She immediately becomes attached and adores school even than the library When Mrs Trunchbull the resident evil Headmistress picks on Matilda s class, Matilda soon discovers several extremely rare and eccentric talents that will knock Mrs Trunchbull off her feet.This was wholly and endearingly charming So many wonderful memories were relived during this reread and wow They certainly didn t censor kids books back then Audiobook CommentsNarrated by Kate Winslet absolutely stunning I can only imagine what her face looked like when she used the Trunchbull voice If you re itching for a reread definitely pick up the audio Blog Instagram Twitter Book ReviewRoald Dahl gets 4 out of 5 stars for his knock it out of the park story, Matilda, from 1988 For some reason, I thought this was published before 1988, but I know I read it when I was 13, so must have been right then I thought it was great Looking back years later, and seeing all the films and cartoons made from it, I love it even While she s a good role model in many ways for young kids, she s all a little too spunky and might give some the wrong impressions Nevertheless, with the right guidance, she can be someone to look up to.Not everyone gets the best parents, family, teachers and friends And when you don t, you better be a smart girl to be able to make it on your own And that s what she is brilliant, funny, witty, sarcastic, friendly everything all wrapped up into 1 adorable young girl She has a few adventures, tries to make things happen and shows the world who she And that s all we can ask for Great book Great story Lots to see and learn Definite re read some dayAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators. 5 stars from my little girl, Jess age 7.SPOILERS Comments while reading Matilda s parents are sooo stupid What is a used car salesman How does putting sawdust and oil in a car s gearbox make it run smoother The funniest parts are when Miss Trunchbull hurled the kids out of the classroom, and when the newt fell on her How come Miss Trunchbull made Nigel stand with one leg up while facing the wall That s a weird punishment What Miss Honey s wicked aunt is Miss Trunchbull What is a will I m glad that Matilda can live with Miss Honey. 5 stars for another Roald Dahl masterpiece He adds a way of life, in the form of magic, to his characters Many have mentioned to me that they read several of his books when they were children I guess I am just one of those people that missed out reading him when I was younger however, I am extremely happy to discover him now and know that my grandchildren are reading his books also This story was made into a movie also and I can t wait to see it I highly recommend reading Roald Dahl if you haven t already experienced this author Enjoy I have short changed this story by giving it 3 stars for so long I ran out and bought this book for my little nieces for Christmas No way they will grow up without Matilda in their life She s brilliant What a love for books and knowledge Such a gentle, empathetic soul I can t wait to share her with them.8 28 17Listening to this for the third timeI just adore Kate Winslet s narration She s fantastic, perfect for children and adults.,11 12 17Audible relisten I just cannot get enough of this story It s whimsy and love of books keeps me entertained while I clean.5 24 18 audio reread 551 16 19 I can never get enough of this book7 10 19I can t go very long without listening to Kate Winslet s amazing narration I think I have many passages memorized by now I could listen once a week and still be entertained This is a perfect pairing of story and voice. Absolutely delightful I really wish I d read this when I was a kid I would have related to and loved Matilda so much I like that this is a book for children that doesn t cater to them it treats them like intelligent beings The plot was exciting, the characters fun, and the themes interesting.All together I ve only read two Dahl books now Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but I definitely want to keep reading them While I personally love a book about a child prodigy especially in the area of telekinesis , I had a different reaction to this book while rereading it as an adult As a kid I thought Matilda was awesome, she was intelligent and independent As an adult I see this as a book about gross neglect and a commentary on absentee parenting and its role in our children s education I come from a county where the dropout rate is high and everyone wants to blame the teachers, but no one identifies the real problem of parents or caregivers not taking an active role in their child s schooling To many of them, school is free babysitting and nothing They take no interest in helping their children succeed and tell the educators that it is their job to teach the children, disavowing any responsibility of their own Once in a while you have a special case like Matilda who decides to work on her education on her own, despite the indifference of her parents But often these children turn into cases for Child Protective Services or the equivalent due to the negligence occurring in their home lives.Matilda gets her happy ending, but most children in similar situations do not Reread this as an adult with the above perspective and you will find a chilling tale of a child trying to create something better for herself than the toxic circumstances she was born into.