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"Matilda" by Roald Dahl

By Samvit, Grade 1

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.”

The book Matilda is written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. This story is about a 4-year-old girl Matilda, her brother Michael, and their parents–Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood. Matilda is brilliant, sensitive and a quick learner. What makes her stand out is her extraordinary reading ability. Her parents are really weird. They take no interest in Matilda and treat her like a scab. Matilda finds comfort in the librarian Ms. Phelps, and the class teacher Ms. Honey. They create a safe environment for her to grow with the right resources and love. This book is an interesting read, with lovely illustrations and an interesting portrayal of healthy relationships.