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The parents of the five-year-old Matilda Wormwood have no interest in their daughter, but if they did, they would have discovered that she is incredibly and unusually smart and gifted. Matilda taught herself to read at three years old, though the only actual books in the house were a cookbook and magazines. When she asks for a real book for herself, her father rudely turns her down. In spite of this, Matilda looks up the address of the local library, where she finishes all the children's books within a short time, thus leaving her to read adult novels, which she really enjoys. The librarian gives Matilda her own library card, and she is able to borrow books to read at home.
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Violence: Parents should note that the school's Headmistress slings children around by their hair, picks children up by their hair or ears, and otherwise terrifies the children under her care. This treatment may be frightening to very young children.
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What she needed was just one person, one wise and sympathetic grown-up who could help her.
Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable.
"We don't hold with book-reading," Mr. Wormwood said. "You can't make a living from sitting on your fanny and reading story-books."
Parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.
If it's by an American it's certain to be filth. That's all they write about.
Perhaps his anger was intensified because he saw her getting pleasure from something that was beyond his reach.
All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen. If only they would read a little Dickens or Kipling they would soon discover there was more to life than cheating people and watching television.
“If you are good life is good.”
“It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
“You seemed so far away," Miss Honey whispered, awestruck. Oh, I was. I was flying past the stars on silver wings," Matilda said. "It was wonderful.”
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