Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true At age five and a half she s knocking off double digit multiplication problems and blitz reading Dickens Even remarkably, her classmates love her even though she s a super nerd and the teacher s pet But everything is not perfect in Matilda s world For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self centered parents who ever lived Then there s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss The Trunchbull, a former hammer throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revengeShe warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings Book ReviewRoald Dahl gets 4 out of 5 stars for his knock it out of the park story, Matilda, from 1988 For some reason, I thought this was published before 1988, but I know I read it when I was 13, so must have been right then I thought it was great Looking back years later, and seeing all the films and cartoons made from it, I love it evenWhile she s a good role model in many ways for young kids, she s all a little too spunky and might give some the wrong impressionsBook ReviewRoald Dahl gets 4 out of 5 stars for his knock it out of the park story, Matilda, from 1988 For some reason, I thought this was published before 1988, but I know I read it when I was 13, so must have been right then I thought it was great Looking back years later, and seeing all the films and cartoons made from it, I love it evenWhile she s a good role model in many ways for young kids, she s all a little too spunky and might give some the wrong impressions Nevertheless, with the right guidance, she can be someone to look up to.Not everyone gets the best parents, family, teachers and friends And when you don t, you better be a smart girl to be able to make it on your own And that s what she is brilliant, funny, witty, sarcastic, friendly everything all wrapped up into 1 adorable young girl She has a few adventures, tries to make things happen and shows the world who she And that s all we can ask for Great book Great story Lots to see and learn Definite re read some dayAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators This book was so great I do enjoy the movie a bit , but nevertheless this will always be a favorite of mine I also really want to re read someRoald Dahl books now Absolutely delightful I really wish I d read this when I was a kid I would have related to and loved Matilda so much I like that this is a book for children that doesn t cater to them it treats them like intelligent beings The plot was exciting, the characters fun, and the themes interesting.All together I ve only read two Dahl books now Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but I definitely want to keep reading them 7yo Emily would be so happy right now Finally got around to reading this book and I m so pleased it was so close to the movie I adored as a kid The best scenes are definitely there and they still made me laugh.As an adult though, I have to say Miss Honey treating Matilda as an equal was weird to say the least.