Matilda is the world's most famous bookworm, no thanks to her ghastly parents.I've seen many adaptations of Roald Dahl's stories but this is the first time I've read one. Matilda being one of my favourite adaptations I was a little worried about ruining it by finding the book completely different. Although there are small differences - for example Mr & Mrs Wormwood swap body type, its set in England not America, and the movie contains a lot of superfluous things that aren't in the book. Its not a long book, so unlike most movies that take stuff out, the one I am most fond of (Danny DeVito) added things in.
Her father thinks she's a little scab. Her mother spends all afternoon playing bingo.
And her headmistress, Miss Trunchbull?
She's the worst of all.
She's a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey.
Despite these beastly grownups trying to push her down, Matilda is an extraordinary girl with a magical mind.
And she's had enough.
So all the terrible adults had better watch out, because she's going to teach them a lesson they'll never forget!
I found Miss Honey's little house to be the most significant difference. In the book, her home is a squat single story brick house, with no running water, no heating and no furniture. I don't suppose to film makers that seemed realistic to an adult who is making a living as a teacher, so they made it more of a country cottage with a pretty wildflower garden - though the story of how she came to live there was exactly the same.
I found Matilda a wonderful story that shows that a smart child can get her own back on bad adults. I loved the illustrations, simple but elegant, giving you a look at the characters.I was happy to see that the book had a similar happy ending to the movie, and think its a perfectly lovely book to read to a child as a bedtime story.
I give it