Throwback Thursday: Matilda by Roald Dahl
Thursday October 18, 2012 at 3:00 am |

Matilda by Roald Dahl!


Matilda is a genius. Unfortunately, her family treats her like a dolt. Her crooked car-salesman father and loud, bingo-obsessed mother think Matilda’s only talent is as a scapegoat for everything that goes wrong in their miserable lives. But it’s not long before the sweet and sensitive child decides to fight back. Faced with practical jokes of sheer brilliance, her parents don’t stand a chance.

Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.


I remember my fifth grade teacher assigning us this book to read.  I could have kissed him for it, and now that I think back on it, he never assigned a book Id didn’t end up enjoying.  But Matilda was special.  In a lot of ways at that age I could relate to her, and fell completely in love with her story.  I felt bad she had such horrible parents, a jerky brother, and a terrifying Principal.  But Matilda’s powers and determination were to be admired and she was so sweet and entertaining.  This is a great read for youngsters.

Anyone else ever read Matilda?  Did you love it, hate it, feel anything for it?


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11 Responses to “Throwback Thursday: Matilda by Roald Dahl”

  1. Can you believe I’ve never read it. I will change that some day with Baby Whimsy.

  2. Jade Jade says:

    Oh I think you and Baby Whimsy will enjoy this one. Matilda was such a joy.

  3. You know, I don’t think I ever read Matilda. This is weird I know. I saw the movie but I’m pretty sure I never read the book. You ever feel like going back and reading children’s books you missed? I feel like that all the time.

  4. I have NOT read it, but now I feel like I need to change that. I remember watching the movie… so technically, still a throwback for me. ha

  5. Brie says:

    Roald Dahl is fantastic, isn’t he? It’ incredible to think that one person came up with so many wonderful and unique characters and stories 😉

  6. I’m with the above groupies who’ve never read it! *ducks head in shame* I solemnly swear to fix that…especially with my own kiddos. *runs off to library*

    ;0) Thanks for the throwback, Jade!

  7. I have to say that I have not read this one either. I have no idea why! Must check this one out cause I love the art. That is the seller for kids books. 🙂