I decided that, with so many of our students reading, and loving, Michael Morpurgo, I should try and read some of his work and this was the book that I decided to kick off with. I can agree with the students that this was a brilliant book and it moved me to tears when I read the ending, although I have not begun to recommend him as an author due to my limited experience with his other books.
While I used to read ‘The Twits’ before bed every night, that book remains my second favourite Roald Dahl story, following behind ‘Matilda’, unfortunately it isn’t a close call either. In my opinion, Matilda is bounds ahead of any other of his books for one simple reason, relatability.
This was one of the first books that was recommended to me when I joined the school staff as a librarian, by the other librarian, teachers, and students. I read it for the first time on the coach to France and had it finished by the time that we arrived at the first destination.
I saw the film of Hugo, before I discovered that it was based on a book, so I broke my cardinal rule, don’t judge a book by it’s movie. Thankfully, I loved the film or else I may not have discovered this book which would have been an outrage.
I saw this book in the school library when I was searching for books on LGBTQ+ for a Pride display that we were doing (if they are going to have a queer librarian and celebrate Pride across the school for a month, they were going to get a display). It was one of the first books that I picked up from this category and after I finished it, it sadly had to be removed from our school library system (Chapter 9 was not appropriate for the school!) but it is not one that I regret picking up by any stretch.