Author: Roald Dahl
I never got around to reading Matilda for the book of the month, so I decided this would be the perfect time to re-read it. It has been a while since I have read the book, but I have also seen the movie several times. Before I move on, this review will use the spoiler tag for most of it, as I wanted to do more of a book and movie comparison. This book is a book of fiction and the author uses that genre to the extreme in this book.
Re-reading this book for the first time in quite some time, I found myself saying, "This wasn't how it happened in the movie, and the movie made this scene better." I do not say this much about the book to movie comparison, but the movie was definitely better than the book. The whole scene at the end of the movie where Matilda makes it look authentic in having her parents sign paperwork for her to officially be Ms. Honey's daughter was not in the book the way it was in the movie. I enjoyed the authenticity the movie showed. The book made it sound like all she had to do was ask. Secondly, I believe there was a scene in the movie where Matilda came home to find FBI watching the house and her dad becoming angry because she wasn't home to pick up the packages. We were hinted throughout that the dad was under surveillance, but in the book it didn't come across until the end. Lastly, the age difference from book Matilda and movie Matilda was quite different. In the movie she was a few years older than in the book, which made the classwork seem more realistic. I do not know a Kindergarten class that would be learning their multiplication facts or being allowed to wait outside without supervision. In all, I enjoyed the book even though it was over the top with its unrealistic reality, but I enjoyed the movie adaptation better.
I would recommend this to older elementary school aged children and older. It was a good read, and it was very interesting to revisit the book after so many years. I will definitely read this book again.