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Matilda is a gloriously funny children’s book written by Roald Dahl, arguably the mostsuccessful children’s writer in the English language. In 1996, the book was made into a highly successful film starring Danny DeVito (also the director), Mara Wilson and Rhea Perlman. Matilda is about avery clever little girl named Matilda. She can speak perfectly at the age of one and a half, and by the age of four, she can read complicated adult books. However, Matilda has one problem – her parentsare nasty! Her father is a dishonest car dealer, and neither he nor his wife takes an interest in their daughter. In fact, all they want to do is watch TV. Matilda decides to teach her nasty parents alesson. She glues her father’s hat to his head, and then tricks her parents into believing that there is a ghost in the sitting room. When Matilda is five years old, her parents send her to the localvillage school, where she finds a friend in her kind – but extremely poor – class teacher, Miss Honey. Miss Honey immediately realises that Matilda is a genius and tries to help her. However, it isdifficult for her because the headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is a terrible bully and doesn’t like Matilda. Everyone is terrified of Miss Trunchbull – that is, everyone except Matilda! One day, Matildarealises that she has some very special powers, and she uses these powers to defeat Miss Trunchbull and help Miss Honey.
About the author
Roald Dahl was born in 1916 in South Wales, Britain. Hisparents were Norwegian immigrants. He trained as a fighter pilot, and during the Second World War, he flew bomber planes in Libya, Greece and Spain. In 1940, Dahl’s plane crashed in a Libyan desert,and Dahl suffered serious injuries. In 1942, Dahl began working at the British Embassy in Washington, DC. While working at the embassy, he met the writer C.S. Forester, who advised him to write about...