I have an embarrassing confession. I've watched plenty of movie adaptions of Roald Dahl's books, but never actually read one. This is a travesty on my past as a proud book lover. I decided to remedy this situation by reading the delightful and hilarious Matilda. Matilda is a great book hero: she loves books and learning, she's brave and selfless, and she knows how to cleverly punish adults who deserve to be taught a lesson. Roald Dahl has a wonderful sense of humor and word play. I'm not sure if I would've appreciated as a child. He knows how to speak to what kids fantasize about. Miss Trunchbull is perhaps one of the worst villains ever created. The illustrations by Quentin Blake really bring the story to life. I've seen the movie and now I want to see the Broadway play.