Book Review: Matilda (by Sophia)


Welcome to BantaaKids, the section dedicated to the creative work of the youngest writers among us.

This series will predominantly feature written work by ESL (English as a Second Language) students from J.S.Worth’s creative writing classes back in the real world, where he works as an English teacher in China.

As part of these classes, the students are led in reading novels after which they write a book review. Most recently, they completed Matilda by Roald Dahl.

We hope you enjoy reading their fantastic work and can appreciate the level of dedication these young writers have put into their studies, especially given how challenging it is to learn a second language.


– J.S.Worth


(note: minor corrections have been made)

Gifted Girl Versus Horrible Headmistress

by Sophia

This book is written by Roald Dahl, the world’s number one storyteller and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Through the entire story, the characters are Matilda, Michael, Ms Honey, Mr and Mrs Wormwood, Amanda Thripp, Bruce Bogtrotter and Ms Trunchbull. It takes place at school and houses, obviously most focused on the scenes at school.

In the beginning of the story, Matilda was a unique girl who has been gifted. She lives with her host family with Mr and Mrs Wormwood. She found out that she’s really good at reading and obsessed. One day, Matilda has been sent to a horrible school.

The headmistress, Ms Trunchbull, a nasty unjust, disgusting woman who should be punished really hard, did countless vile things to the children. In a special lesson, Matilda found out that she can control anything by using her mind, so she told her teacher, Ms Honey, a kind person. Ms Honey supported Matilda and she practiced to control her power.

One day, during Ms Trunchbull’s lesson, Matilda picked up a pen with her mind and wrote some words to threaten Thunchbull. Soon, Trunchbull retired and everyone cheered.

From reading through the book, I learned that if you are gifted, you should use it to do appropriate things just like Matilda “defeated” Trunchbull. Otherwise, you just waste it and never learn how to control it in moderation.

I think multiple children will love this book because of the character’s interesting attractive features and the entertaining plot. But some adults, even Kate Winslet, love it as well.

After all, the book really does impress me and I learned many useful things which can either be used in real life or in a passage.

Matilda Sophia


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