Matilda is not your typical child. She was able to read at an early age but the only books in the Wormwood house is the phone book. At age 4 she starts to walk to the public library where is she is greeted by an enormous amount of books! The librarian shows her the children’s picture books but soon realizes that Matilda is beyond picture books and shows her Great Expectations! Matilda then moves though all the great classic novels. Although Matilda is a smart young girl, she has horrible parents and terrible brother. During the story we learn that her father, a used car salesman, cheats out is customers by fixing the odometer and other sneaky fixes to make the cars look better than they are. Because of this Matilda decides to teacher her parents a lesson! Her parents finally allow Matilda to attend school, she starts at Crunchem Hall Elementary School. The headmistress is Miss Trunchbull; who might be worse than her parents!
Although Matilda attends school, she is welcomed by a wonderful teacher, Miss Honey. Miss Honey notices how intelligent Matilda is and starts to challenge her and forge kind and caring relationship Matilda has with an adult.
After you read this classic children’s book, check out the movie. It is just as good as the book! Danny DeVito plays Matilda’s father and also directs.