So, there is nothing like having one book recommend another. In Matilda,
the little girl went and read some great classics. Havingn just passed
one of the titles on my way between the bedroom and the living room, it
caught the corner of my eye. “I couldn’t finish it” said Jim, but since
I have a long bus ride tomorrow, I’m planning on taking this.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda–for strong smart girls!


To make up for the grown up reading, I had to pick up a kids book; I’ve
always liked Roald Dahl. I saw Matilda on the stands and, I couldn’t
resist the drawings in it. This book was smart, cool, and I read it the
day I got it. Sure, I stayed up until 2AM , but I was having a good
time. This is a must read, and I wish I had read it when I was younger
because I would have seen Matilda as a role model. It is rare to have a
genius girl character in children’s books. She kicks Nancy Drew’s ass,
since she is younger and more daring that Nancy ever was. Also, Matilda
had depth as a character– you really cared about her, and you knew she
really cared about her friend Miss Honey. Yay Matilda. If you are a
real girl, then I’m sure you’re doing great!

This book took me longer to read than I had thought. The grammar,
writing style does not flow as well, and there were bits that were hard
to wade through. Nonetheless, the perspectives put forth in the book
about the value of aesthetics and the balance between aesthetics and
function were interesting. I would say that it brought to light some
interesting human behaviors when aesthetics are involved. I cannot say
that it had any real “aha” moments for me, but it was enjoyable because
of the depth of viewpoints offered on aspects of aesthetics and
society. Thanks for suggesting this grown up book, Tad.