Book Review: Matilda (by Elaine)


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)

The Ridiculous Headmistress

by Elaine


The book’s name is ‘Matilda’. This book was written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. We have Matilda, Mr Wormwood, Mrs Wormwood, Michael, Miss Honey, Miss Trunchbull, and Lavender in this story. Matilda, Mr Wormwood, Mrs Wormwood, and Michael are a family.They live together, and the other characters are all in the school.

Plot Summary:

This story is about Matilda who is a smart girl. She has two irresponsible parents, and her father lets her go to a bad school. Actually, the school is not bad, just the headmistress of the school is unfair and ridiculous. At this school, Matilda meets her friend Lavender. They’re both kind and friendly, and both hate the headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Matilda has a power that when she is angry, she can move things with her eyes. One day, she uses her power to make Miss Trunchbull ‘nearly die’. Miss Honey, Matilda’s teacher, is very happy because the Trunchbull is her aunt and she always does bad things to her, and she also makes Miss Honey’s father die. After that, Trunchbull was gone, never to come back. Matilda doesn’t want to live with her parents, so she lives with Miss Honey happily forever.

What did I learn:

I learned if others say you are a bad child, don’t believe it. Just believe in yourself from the heart.


I think the children who like Matilda will like this story, because their parents are not responsible. They can show their parents that if they are not responsible, the ending will be what, and show their teachers the ending too.


I think we should be responsible, and believe in ourselves, don’t believe others that say your’e a bad person. We should be like Miss Honey, who has a happy ending.

Matilda Elaine


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