For my 2020 reading challenge, I had the category “Read a Classic Children’s Novel.” When I saw this, I immediately thought of “Matilda” by Roald Dahl. I had never read the book before, but I had seen the movie and heard a lot of great things about it.
Usually, when I read a book after watching the movie, the vast differences between the two makes me dislike a book I otherwise would have loved. This was not the case. From the moment I began reading “Matilda,” I instantly fell in love with the precocious main character and the writing style of Dahl.
In my experience, whenever I read a story that features a young child as the main character, they’re either really likable, to the point of not being realistic, or extremely annoying. Matilda is as realistic as a precocious child with magical powers can be.
When reading the book, there were times when she is exceptionally delightful. Then there are times when she can be as annoying and devious as a typical child. Her magical powers and brilliant mind simply add to her character.
Not only was this my first time reading “Matilda,” but it was also my first time reading any book by Dahl.
She and her story were presented through chapters that weren’t too long and drawn out. Dahl writes in a way that captures the reader’s attention and draws them into this fantastical world.
After reading this book, I will definitely read some of his other works.
This was a delightful book, and I’m glad I finally got the chance to sit down and read it.
Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars.
* This was originally updated on my previous website.