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Booked for Lunch: 'Matilda'

Booked for Lunch
Booked for Lunch runs fortnightly (Thursday, morning tea) and is open to staff and students alike.  It’s a great way to meet new people and read new books, all while indulging over culinary delights.

Title: 'Matilda'

Author: Roald Dahl

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Difficulty: Easy

Availability: School and town libraries, online and in stores.

Rating: 5 apples

What is the book about? Matilda Wormwood is born into a scummy family who don't accept her. She is brilliant and has the ability to read books from a very young age and does this to occupy herself. When she starts school at Crunchem Hall Primary, she learns that her parents are not the only rotten people in the world. The Head Mistress, Miss Trunchbull, believes that no child is special and punishes the students by locking them in The Chokey for hours on end. Matilda's teacher, Miss Honey, thinks the opposite to Miss Trunchbull and gives her hope and teaches her that anything is possible. It is around this time that Matilda also learns that she has magic powers.

Where and when is the book set? Ronald Dahl set the book in a village in England but doesn't hint as to when it was written.

Did you enjoy the book? Yes, I liked how Matilda always had a trick up her sleeve and how Roald Dahl painted a picture of the characters in your mind.

Can you relate to the protagonist and their plight? People can relate to the protagonist because everyone is unique. It encourages every child to believe that no matter how different you are, you're never alone.

Comment on some of the book’s themes.  Themes within the book include magic, trickery, utter brilliance and acceptance.

Who would you recommend this book to? I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in fantasy and loves to laugh because it's really amusing.

Are you booked for lunch?

See Miss Taylor in GSF1 for more information.