Matilda is a child genius, but her parents couldn't care less. Her father is too busy selling dubious used cars, and her mother is too busy playing bingo. In fact, the Wormwoods despise the intellectual ambitions of their daughter.
When Matilda starts school, she is confronted with the horrendous headteacher, Miss. Trunchbull, who torments all the children, and even the teachers, particularly Matilda's teacher, Miss. Honey.
However, Matilda soon realises that she can use the power of her mind to achieve more than she ever imagined. So, she sets about punishing the horrible adults in her life.
This is a wonderful book, which has remained a firm favourite. Dahl puts his vivid imagination to great use in Matilda.
This is also one of the most successfully adapted of Roald Dahl's books: the fabulously funny film version directed by, and starring Danny DeVito, with a very memorable performance from Pam Ferris as the domineering Miss. Trunchbull.