October Book Club Introduction: Matilda


This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl, and Words & Geeks wanted to join in the fun!  We’ll be reading Matilda this month as an excuse to revisit our childhoods, and because we firmly believe that you never outgrow a classic author like Roald Dahl.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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(This is taken from the blurb of my copy of the book)

Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary genius with really stupid parents.

Miss Trunchbull is her terrifying headmistress who thinks all her pupils are rotten little stinkers.

But Matilda will show these horrible grown-ups that, even though she’s only small, she’s got some very powerful tricks up her sleeve…

Author Bio:

Born in Wales in 1916, Roald Dahl loved adventure – he worked for an oil company so he could travel, and later joined the RAF.  As his children’s books became more famous, he began to work with illustrator Quentin Blake, who went on to illustrate almost all of Dahl’s books.  Roald Dahl died in 1990 at the age of 74.

First Lines:

It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers.  Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.

First Impressions:

It is difficult to have a first impression of an author you’ve known for as long as you can remember.  Still, of course my hopes are high for this one – I don’t really see how I can be let down; it is Roald Dahl, for goodness sake!  I also love the Matilda film, I love the snippets of the broadway musical I’ve seen online, and I’ve loved every other Roald Dahl book I ever read – what could go wrong?

Join us for October’s read-along!  Pick up a copy of Matilda and let us know how you’re getting on by posting a comment here or using #WordsandGeeks on Twitter!  Pop back midway through October for the Halfway Checkpoint post, where we’ll be discussing our thoughts on the book so far.

Happy reading!


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The Words & Geeks Book Club is a chance to read great books with fellow book lovers. Each month, a new book is chosen and followers can read-along together, with updates posted on Twitter (using #WordsandGeeks) and the blog.

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