Monday, January 14, 2013


A book review from our librarian at the Grandview branch, Mr. B: 

Matilda by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake

In one of his final books, Roald Dahl tells the story of Matilda with his famous mixture of humor, exaggeration, ironic understatement, and a nod to the fantastic. Unlike Dahl’s mostly obedient Charlie (of Chocolate Factory fame) or world-wise Danny, Champion of the World, Matilda is a very practical, super intelligent, sweet little girl who is alternately abused and ignored by a family that does not realize her worth; and nearly worshiped by her teacher, Miss Honey, who does. The true villain of the story is the two hundred pound former athlete turned head-mistress, Miss Trunchbull, who abuses everyone equally. The fun part of the story is seeing how Matilda gets the best of Miss Trunchbull; and escapes her abusive family as well. There are always dark sides to a Dahl story, but with humor, grace, and a little magical skullduggery, good triumphs over meanness. Even if you and your children have seen the charming film version (also available from The Glendale Public Library), re-visiting the story in Dahl’s own voice (maybe as a family read-aloud) will be a treat.

RL: 4+  Age: 7-adult 

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