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Book Review: Matilda by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

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Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?:  Yes

 

Summary (via Goodreads):
Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

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My Review:
This book read like an unbelievable fairy tale but it was so captivating all the same. From page one, I could clearly see why it became a big screen hit.

There’s something so…engrossing about the way Roald Dahl tells a story. I’m not even sure if the engrossing is the right word. His writing is so, you could say, light and simple but with a certain high level of skill one could only hope to achieve.

I watched Matilda the movie first many many years ago (I didn’t know it was a book first) and didn’t really care much for the movie (possibly the Trunchbull had an effect on me back then). But I couldn’t stop reading this book no matter how extreme things go. The narrative and quaint illustrations….I just had to see how this story that I’ve known about for decades would end.

This is a good book. Unnerving and surreal but a pretry good middle grade read. Matilda is such a lovely character to read about.

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