Chapter 1: The Reader of Books
• The author says that no matter how bad a child is, a parent will always think they are a genius, capable of much more than actually are. That's why someone like Matilda is rare. Matilda is a genius, but it is difficult to know exactly why. Her parents for example are not only a bit stupid, but that don't believe their daughter has any ability whatsoever. Most of their attention is lavished upon their rather average son Michael.
• Matilda is so bright she manages to teach herself to read by the age of three. When she gets tired of reading her parent's magazines, she starts visiting the local library, hungry to read as many books as she can.
• Very soon Matilda has finished all the children's books in the library and decides to ask the Librarian Mrs. Prune for her advice on other...
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