It is such a long time ago.. I was sitting in my year 4 classroom holding this book. I hated quiet reading time.. mostly because I didn’t actually read – I pretended to do it. I thought it was a waste of time that could have been spent playing sport. I looked at the cover of this book, I read and re-read the blurb to look like I was doing something. I don’t understand my reluctance as I look back.. I was a competent reader, just uninterested. Well I finally gave in to my teacher’s tireless encouragement and started to read. I loved it. I was hooked. And now.. I live for time nestled among my books.
Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age 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-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the 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 defense 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.