Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: Children’s Literature
Page Count: 240 pages
Published On: June 1st 1998
Publisher: Puffin Books
Reading has been my favorite hobby since childhood but still, I missed reading some absolute gem in children’s literature. Roald Dahl is one such author whom I missed out on reading. But it’s better late than never. So last week, I picked up Matilda by Roald Dahl and I absolutely fell in love with the book. I really wish I had read this as a kid!
Matilda is a child prodigy. She is just five and a half but loves reading Charles Dickens. She is equally good at solving double-digit multiplication problems. Her teacher and classmates love her. But Matilda doesn’t have a perfect world. Her parents are idiotic and self-centered who not only fail to recognize her genius but also mock her at every step. And then there’s the school principal Miss Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who is least sympathetic to the children at school. Matilda plays some practical jokes at her parents to deal with her frustrations. But her sharp intelligence, patience, quick wit and an innate predilection for justice comes into play when she hatches a plot to rescue her teacher, Miss Honey from the tyrant Trunchbull.
The book is so delightful- be it the plot, the characters or the writing! It is an absolute fun read. Matilda is so endearing that you can’t help falling in love with her. So is her teacher Miss Honey. I wish all teachers are like her! Her parents are absolutely despicable and so is the principal Trunchbull.
This lovely, little book not only delights with you but also teaches you some important life lessons. It teaches you to stand against bullying. It teaches you to deal with life’s pressures with patience and intelligence. Most importantly, it’s a book for the ones who love to read and it reiterates why reading is so important. I am so happy to discover Roald Dahl and can’t wait to read more books by him. Highly recommended for children and adults alike!
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