Book Review: Matilda (by Annie)


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)

Book Review: Be a Better Self

by Annie

The book ‘Matilda’, written by Roald Dahlm illustrated by Quentin Blake, described a story which happened between Matilda and her teacher, Miss Honey in the village school, Crunchem Hall Primary.

This story is about a smart young girl called Matilda who could read Charles Dicken’s books at the age of four and could write poems at the age of five and a half. As she began to make a few friends and became used to the school, she knew more about Miss Trunchbull, the headmistress and invited by Miss Honey, a kind, slim and tall teacher who taught her. From her, Matilda learned about her life and the relation to Miss Trunchbull. Amazingly, Matilda found out that she had a special power – she could lift things without using her hands. In the end, she helped Miss Honey by using chalk to write on the board with her eyes.

After reading this book, i learned a moral: what others think about you might not be real. Believe in yourself, you might beĀ  a genius in some ways. Like Matilda, most adults didn’t believe that she can do such difficult maths in a few seconds in her mind, or write a poem at five eyes old. But she believes in herself and that’s the thing.

I strongly recommend this book to children who are nine to ten years old. This book is about courage and confidence and this will inspire them to be a better kid.

I think this is a very interesting book and it taught me a lot. It might change a lot of people’s minds after reading this book, because obeying others in everything might not be good in some ways. Matilda is not like that. She has her own ideas and she always disagrees with others.

So let’s all be a better self in the future!

Matilda Annie


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