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Jan 14, 2012

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5 thoughts on “Returns to… Roald Dahl’s Matilda

  1. Jason Whittaker

    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 …

  2. ggm

    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…

  3. Sophie Black

    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.

  4. Rebecca Howden

    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…

  5. Bethanie Blanchard

    There’s a brilliant parody of ‘Matilda’ commenting on the popularity of e-readers by Aaron Renier for webcomic ‘Unshelved’.
    Definitely worth a look:

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