Jan 14, 2012
Writer, critic and Liticism blogger
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Maybe you can measure its success by the adaptations …
I thought the film produced by Danny DeVito a decade back was completely and utterly charming, and I normally can’t stand kids’ films. Beautifully made with winning performances.
And Tim Minchin has written a score for a new musical based on Matilda that’s playing on West End now. Critics have completely gobbled it up; I’ve read nothing but rave reviews. Hopefully we’ll see it here before too long.
It endures, does Matilda. Even if I preferred BFG as a kid …
I think Quentin Blake launched Dahl into a different place. Yes, the prose is the win, but the “hook” was the illustrations.
I offer the difference in take-up for ‘James and the Giant Peach’ which was released in hb with non-blake Illus. compared to Matilda/BFG which went worldwide in paperback with Quentin Blake illus.
If you compare ‘tales of the unexpected’ to his childrens writing…
I still remember the smell of the pages of my brand new copy of Matilda. We read it in class, and then for some reason made a Matilda mobile in which I painstakingly attempted to recreate Quentin Blake with my crappy watercolour set. That book was like a little lightning bolt to small me, thanks for the post Beth.
Beautiful post Beth – it sure took me back! I’d love to go and reread Matilda now. I wonder if my old copy is still floating around my parents’ house somewhere…
There’s a brilliant parody of ‘Matilda’ commenting on the popularity of e-readers by Aaron Renier for webcomic ‘Unshelved’.
Definitely worth a look: http://www.unshelved.com/2011-3-4