How-To Use the Power of the Books

― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Matilda written by Roald Dahl should be favorite book of every little girl who is  loves to read. reader. In fact it should be on favorite-list of all those who love to read as it is story about reading and (voracious) reader. I read Matilda soon after I learned to read and I think my childhood would be emptier without it.

“Matilda said, “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

One of my favorite parts in the book :D

Why I love Matilda is because it’s very creative and story is simple. And I can relate to her love for books.  Matilda discovers her love of books and learns to read by the age of three. At four years and three months, she has read all the children’s stories in the library and ask the librarian what to read.

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

During this process, I can’t understand rest of her family at all.  My parents were always happy that I read whereas Matilda’s parents are really discouraging. Matilda’s father: ““What’s wrong with the telly, for heaven’s sake?” and Matilda’s mother thinks looks are more important than looks and spends all her days playing bingo. Matilda also has a brother, which is quite hard to remember because he isn’t really there in the book. I think it’s interesting question though why is Michael treated normal while Matilda is neglected?

I also like Matilda because even if she is smart in all the subjects at school (and + telekinesis), she is still kind of… mean like kids often are. For example she lines  her father’s hat with super glue. No one is perfect, although of course his father deserved it.

I would easily give this book 9,5/10

How-To Read Matilda
No matter of what age you are, you should read it. If book seems too long, it’s just because of the big font and lots of funny pictures :)
It is highly nescessary to pick Matilda with illustrations, like by Quentin Blake (I think his are simple so they don’t spoil your imagination), because it adds the enjoyoment.
The names are funny and nice as they tend to be in children’s books, and it’s easy to tell who’s good and who’s not so good… Miss Honey…Miss Trunchbull. All the name-calling was also so talented.
If you read a lot, you can compare your books with ones Matilda has read :D don’t worry too much for Matilda, all will be good.
The movie version is good but not that good, try other books by Roald Dahl in stead.

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  1. Thanks for stopping at my blog and I love your header and background. I have to find a way to make my blog look better, did you pay to get yours to look so nice, I might have to? Jackie :) Happy Weekend.

    1. Jackie, thank you for comment! No I didn’t! I used The Ever After theme (free) and attached photograph from my mother’s bookshelf :) I would recommend to take some time to explore all the themes, they are pretty nice. And likewise!

    1. That is just great! :) I would dare say home without Dahl’s books is no home at all. Unfortunately, I only own Matilda, BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…must get more.

  2. I love Matilda! The BFG is also my favorite of his books. When you get a chance to get more of his books, I recommend The Witches and George’s Marvelous Medicine. But all of his books are wonderful, of course.

    1. Thanks for commenting! :) Oh I have read all of Dahl’s books in my childhood, I seem to have a problem that when I find good author it results to horrendous binge reading :D I think I should re-read them at some point though. George’s Marvelous Medicine was so funny to read, I enjoyed it a lot!

  3. I’ve never read Matilda. :/
    It was on my first ever wish list,but I’ve always kept putting it off,all the while saying that next time it would be in the cart!
    I guess I should make it a must-read.It struck me as being a book for kids only,but your review suggests otherwise! Maybe I’ll like it! After all I adore Peter Pan and am considering buying Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass!

    1. I hope you will enjoy it when you read it! Haha, I love books that are even for “kids only”, I think Roald Dahl is among most talented children’s authors there is. He’s very funny and language in his books is very enjoyable (…or full of words that don’t make too much sense at first: “swishwifflingly scrumdiddlyumptious”, “whizzpopping”,”Phizz-whizzing”)

      1. Oh, 1984 if you haven’t read it. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is amazing too, and check out Margaret Atwood; she has an amazing dystopian trilogy out that starts with Oryx and Cake. She also wrote The Handmaids Tale which is immensely good. All if these are awesome.

        1. Thanks a bunch! :) I find it hard to find good book these days.. 1984 is a masterpiece! I have to review it at some point! Haven’t read Wolf Hall or Oryx and Crake so I will have to find those

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