Matilda by Roald Dahl!
Matilda is a genius. Unfortunately, her family treats her like a dolt. Her crooked car-salesman father and loud, bingo-obsessed mother think Matilda’s only talent is as a scapegoat for everything that goes wrong in their miserable lives. But it’s not long before the sweet and sensitive child decides to fight back. Faced with practical jokes of sheer brilliance, her parents don’t stand a chance.
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
I remember my fifth grade teacher assigning us this book to read. I could have kissed him for it, and now that I think back on it, he never assigned a book Id didn’t end up enjoying. But Matilda was special. In a lot of ways at that age I could relate to her, and fell completely in love with her story. I felt bad she had such horrible parents, a jerky brother, and a terrifying Principal. But Matilda’s powers and determination were to be admired and she was so sweet and entertaining. This is a great read for youngsters.
Anyone else ever read Matilda? Did you love it, hate it, feel anything for it?
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