Review: Matilda (Roald Dahl)


Blurb from Goodreads:

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 more 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, Mrs. (“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 revenge.

She 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.


5 SHINING STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Even though it is a children’s book, I had so much joy reading it. I wish I had read it when I was a little kid, because I crave for the excitement of reading a totally unknown and amazing story to be heard.

Matilda is a very exceptional kid who has the mind of an adult. She is really selfless and determined, as she is willing to help her own teacher solving her childhood problems and get her away from an abusive aunt. I think there is nothing more heroic than that.

Miss Honey is the best teacher you could ask for. Her, being a teacher at such a young age really inspires me to do well in life and to give back to the society one day.

While reading, the actors from the movie are always in my mind. The movie fortunately has easily given me the opportunity to discover the scene, environment and characters of the story deeply.

Reading this book as an adult truly changes my perspective towards the theme of this story. 6-year-old me would have read this and conclude that the story shows a heroic kid who helps her own teacher and successfully runs herself away from her despicable and terrible parents and brother. However, as an adult, I observe the main problem is about parent’s negligence on educating the child. This point is not strange to the society and we often hear that most children are neglected by the parents because of work and their complacent behaviour. Parents thought that school education is enough to mould the child perfectly, whereas they forget that the first education children should receive is from home. In Matilda’s case, she takes charge of her own problems and strives for the best education for her own bright future. She tries to create something better for herself in order to avoid the toxic and discouraging environment she has been living in. She is the definition of hero.


Looking forward for more Roald Dahl’s story.