Author: Roald Dahl
Published: October 1, 1988
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.
She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.
What a cute book! Obviously, it’s not based in common reality, but it’s told from a kid’s perspective that other imaginative kids would appreciate. It’s a book filled with extremes but done in such a great way. Good always defeats evil, kids are smart and adults are dumb, Miss Trunchbull hates all kids yet runs an elementary school. They all work without being overbearing or annoying. Matilda manages to outsmart most of the adults in her life without being an obnoxious kid. Miss Trunchbull is terrifying! I think this fits in with the Ramona books as being the perfect one for any and all kids. I really loved reading it!
The Girl and the Raven
Published: November 18, 2020
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
My name is Frances, but my friends call me Franny. Or should I say my friend, because my raven Dark Wings is the only one I’ve got . I am a strange girl indeed, and that’s why I was sent to a boarding school far away from home. However, bizarre things have started happening here. Some girls disappeared, girls like me, and I may be next…
I bought this one impulsively after seeing it on Instagram and I’m so glad I did! This is a simple, easy fairy-tale with amazing illustrations! A girl who is different is sent to a boarding school for different girls, but when she gets there, she has to figure out why girls are disappearing. It took me barely half an hour to read and I really enjoyed it! It’s almost more scary than any kids’ story has a right to be, but I think it’s a great one to tell even the younger kids!
And those illustrations are beautiful and I sincerely hope this is the beginning of a series … Because I would read the whole thing!
Baby Loves: Earth: An ABC of Our Planet
Series: Book 2 of Baby Loves
Author: Jennifer Eckford
Illustrator: Teresa Bellon
Published: August 4, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 28, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
An ABC book designed to teach very young children about the earth and how it is changing.
Baby Loves is a new range of giftable preschool ABC books that taps into the trends that matter. Stunningly illustrated with a cut-to-white aesthetic, each pocket-sized book is a perfect introduction to a key topic for babies
Baby Loves: Earth is a pocket size picture children’s book made of thick cardboard which will make it easy for a little one to hold and turn the pages. The illustrations are colorful and yet simple to help enhance the meaning of the word that corresponds with the presented letter of the alphabet.
Baby Loves: Earth introduces little ones to the world of conservation and environmental issues. I would not recommend this for a baby of even a very young toddler as some of the words are larger and this will cause mom or dad to explain the word and meaning to the child, (Such a T for Toxin Free, Q for Equilibrium, and X for coexist. There was even a word I did not know: K for Kapok. What is that? Google helped to give me the knowledge on this word. I did like that Y stood for You and this could lead to a conversation about how you (the child) can help to save the world.
Overall, I say look at this book first and decide if it will be appropriate for your young child.
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