It's been years since I've picked up anything by children's author Roald Dahl, but as soon as I read the first page of Matilda it was like falling through time to my childhood.
Matilda is a gifted - but sometimes mischievous - girl with TV obsessed parents who think she's rather naughty. Miss Honey is the ideal school teacher who nurtures her intellect and encourages her learning.
There's a nasty Headmistress, a likeable librarian and a few pranks which make Matilda a short yet enjoyable read.
The illustrations by Quentin Blake add to the entertainment of the story and I think Matilda will delight readers of all ages.
My rating = ***
P.S. Matilda is now a musical thanks to the talents of Tim Minchin, has anyone seen it?