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Matilda is an exceptional five-year-old who's a whiz at reading and multiplication. However, her life is far from perfect. She has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Matilda uses her intelligence to get revenge on her father, but her skills are put to the test by her h... Read More »
That unique child, Matilda, uses her powers for good and finds a loving home. Actress Kate Winslet reads. This audiobook is also available as a downloadable.
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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.
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