Happy Sunday! Today it is time for another book review! and today I am rereading another childhood favourite. This time, it is all about Matilda by Roald Dahl. Let’s do this.
I grew up with this story. between the book and the movie, I was surrounded by it. and I always loved it. as a keen reader, even as a child, I could always really relate to Matilda and her love of books (I also enjoyed math when I was young). I always loved reading her story and constantly requested it as a bedtime story. but I haven’t read it since I was 8 or 9 years old, which is such a shame. Last year I started rereading Michael Morpurgo’s books (since I loved them as a child) and decided to do the same with Roald Dahl, and what better place to start then with Matilda! And I have fallen in love all over again.
I loved this story. I listened to the audiobook for it (which I would highly recommend) and loved every second of it. it was so nice to fall back into a story that I have loved for so long. But I also noticed things that I didn’t as a child and other things that I had forgotten about. Reading this a kid I never really picked up on all the really deep and troublesome topics in this book. I mean there is child abuse, neglect, bulling, crime, poverty and so much more. I always knew that Trunchbull was not a nice person and neither where her parents but the full extent of the story never really hit me as child. There were several moments when I was left wondering how things made it into a children’s book lol.
I did love some of the messages in it though. for instance, that good will always triumph in the end and how bullies will always get what is coming to them. I think it is so important for messages like this to be woven into children’s stories. It subtly teaches kids things without them noticing and I love that. in the same way I kind of like the fact that Dahl included the trickier storylines like the abuse and neglect. Because children need to be exposed to these things to be able to understand the world and other people’s situations better.
And I will be 100% honest with you and admit that I have fallen in love with Matilda and Miss Honey again. I just think that they are both such wonderful characters and they were great role models for me growing up. with Matilda I was exposed to this incredible little girl who is so smart and brave. How isn’t afraid to ask questions and to do the right thing. And who loves books and learning. I wanted to be her when I was little, or at the very least be friends with her. and Miss Honey was just as much as an influence. She always tried to do what was right. she was sweet and caring and so determined.
I am so happy that I decided to pick this book up and read it again. I really loved it. now I need to reread all the other Dahl books that I loved growing up.
4.5 out of 5
And there we go. Have you read Matilda? What is your favourite Dahl book? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.