Matilda continues in the classic Roald Dahl vein, being a witty, touching, and hysterical tale, with a tightly wound plot. Matilda Wormwood is a certifiable genius, with a full grasp on the English language by the time she is one and a half, becoming an avid reader by the age of three. However, her negligent parents, who are wrapped up in their dishonest dealings of second-hand cars, overlook her accomplishments and sensitive nature, leaving Matilda to cultivate her own burgeoning mind. In retaliation, Matilda begins concocting devious pranks to reprimand her family. When Matilda begins school, she meets Miss Jennifer Honey, a young, delicate teacher, whose sweet nature is juxtaposed with the school tyrant, Miss Trunchbull, who is “a gigantic holy terror”. When Matilda finds that she may possess some rather interesting powers, she puts them to good use, and the villainous adults of Dahl’s tale get their comeuppance in the end. Dahl is a literary wizard at setting up a good and evil dichotomy that resonates with readers, and his goofy details paint vivid descriptions, sure to keep readers laughing, eagerly turning the page.