~ Where My Love For Reading Began ~

Book 1

Title: The BFG

Author: Roald Dahl

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Genre: Children’s Fantasy

Pages: 208

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any other of the giants rather than the BFG, she would have become breakfast.

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her.

Book 2:

Title: Matilda

Author: Roald Dahl

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Genre: Children’s Literature, Fantasy

Pages: 240

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At the age of five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centred parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is as sympathetic as a bulldozer.

Fortunately for Matilda, she has inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defence of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.

When I was younger I was always drawn to books. I grew up in a household where reading was the norm. Our lounge rooms were lined with bookshelves that seemed like they were going to collapse under that weight of the adventures that lay upon the shelves.

In my life I have read many books. I read almost everyday. However it was these two books and their author who sparked my undying love of the written word.

When I was younger, life was not always so easy. I didn’t grow up in a very stable household and I think it is fair to say that my parents behaviour was always somewhat questionable. (As an adult I know have no relationship with either.)

It was at this time that I connected with the story “Matilda”. I could hear Matilda’s thoughts and I could feel how she felt.

The way that Dahl conveyed her intelligence and caring nature really hit a cord with me. I aspired to that level of intelligence and intellect. Matilda’s love of books merely cemented the power of reading and that from reading comes knowledge and intelligence.

Relating to Matilda on a personal level wasn’t the only reason I was captivated by the novel. The magic and power that she had transported me to a world of boundless possibilities. The idea that there were worlds that aren’t held back by the constraints of our reality fascinated me and sparked a fire in my imagination.

After having enjoyed Matilda so much, I decided to attempt another Dahl book. The classic BFG. Yet again the words on the page amused and excited me. I chose to believe in giants and magic and goodness, in fact the way in which the words fell onto the page made me believe in all those things.

For once in my life in my unstable home, I had a sanctuary. A safe place to go and travel the universe. An escape.

I enjoyed every second of the gripping tale. The frightening night that Sophie was plucked from her bed. The fierceness and bloodcurdling explanations of the giants. The determination and strength of someone like Sophie, who seems so powerless and small yet needed to protect against a huge evil. The magic, wonder and excitement.

It was after these two novels that I decided I was going to be a bookworm. Travelling the world through pages. Fighting in great wars. Creating potions. Crying as the protagonist loses everything. And that was only the beginning.

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~ Wonder ~ Review

Wonder truely is a beautiful and captivating story of a young child learning the complexities of relationships. We meet Auggie when he is just 10 years old, however has already endured so much. He is about to begin a new adventure, School.

School is a battleground for even the most confident of children, however we come to learn that Auggie has a disfigured face and has undergone many surgeries in order to help him breathe properly and function physically as a normal person should.

Through out the story, August learns the sad truth, that often people do not look beyond the surface. However with determination, innocence and confidence Auggie battles the sniggering and unkind words of his peers to emerge a confident, happy and unapologetic individual who is prepared for a fulfilling and wonderful life.

The story is told from a variety of perspectives and is so pure and true in its delivery. When we first hear from Augustโ€™s sister, Via, we get a raw insight into her mind and the internal challenges she has faced throughout Auggieโ€™s life.

Although it was Augustโ€™s friend, Jack, that held my attention throughout the book. I truely believe he was so strong in character for a boy of 10 to stand by his friend and support him. Although Jack faltered in his friendship with Auggie at one point, it is his courage and determination to be there for his friend that I found truely inspiring.

This story is a true journey about learning to accept differences and looking past the surface of the skin. Auggie is such a strong willed character with such a caring nature that you canโ€™t helped but be sucked in and cheer for him throughout the pages of the book. A truely wonderful read filled with laugh, loss, tears and joy.