Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Books: Matilda

Matilda by Roald Dahl

I'm an upper elementary teacher at heart, so don't roll your eyes at me! Stevie made me buy this at Powell's when we were there last week. I think that maybe I read James and the Giant Peach as a kid, but other than that my Roald Dahl experience is next to nil. I've read many parts of the BFG because it seems like every fourth and fifth grade class reads that and when I was substituting I read it aloud a lot.

Well, I'll tell you what - Roald Dahl creates great characters. Kids love outlandish situations. Take anything ordinary, say an overly strict principal, a bad home situation, a sweet teacher, a precocious kid, and then exaggerate it and kids will eat it up.
My favorite thing about this book is that although Dahl creates this almost superficial world, the solution to the central problem is simple, nearly believable, and to the point. No drawn out abracadabra. Dahl, instead, uses his book time wisely by creating the world for the reader, and I believe the reader's imagination is better off for it.

(By the way, I found two typos in this version of Matilda, and although it may seem really uptight, it truly bothers me. Who's not getting paid well enough to edit children's books?)


  1. Roald Dahl is my all time favorite author to read aloud to kids in the classroom!!! LoVE his books!

  2. Is the Low 45-50, or the high? I would say that if the low is that warm, I would wear shorts and a shell if it's raining- be prepared to take the shell off and tie around your waist it if things clear. Do you have a running hat for the rain? I highly recommend it if you don't.

    You are going to do SO well! I just know it! You've trained very well and it's going to be fun to see how things go.

    What is your overall goal time? Don't be afraid to go hard, especially after the halfway point =D

    Great review too! I will keep it in mind =D

  3. Bah! I sound like such a snot!!! Just advising away...:)'ll have a good idea for the day when it comes:)