- Author Roald Dahl
It’s funny, I’m sure I’ve read this before. I’ve read most of Roald Dahl’s output, although not all. For Matilda, I knew the concept - extremely bright child, terrible parents, some kind of magical powers. I also knew that it all ended happily ever after, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what happened in between.
That meant re-reading this book, as part of my Life List reading challenge, was not a chore at all, it was almost like reading it afresh. It was good, I quite enjoyed it, Matilda is a fabulous little creation. However, it is not a patch on Charlie and his Chocolate Factory which holds a special place in my heart.
It’s interesting how almost all of the adults in the book are not particularly nice. Miss Trunchbull, of course, and Matilda’s hideous parents. Only Miss Honey escapes, and perhaps the library lady. Teachers and librarians are okay in Dahl’s world. Headteachers and parents, not so much.