Matilda, by Roald Dahl is my absolute favourite book in the entire world. The opening lines make me laugh every time I read them.
“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
I still have my very first copy of this book
From when my handwriting looked like this
If you haven’t already had the pleasure of reading this most wonderful book, it’s about a young, brilliant girl who reads Oliver Twist and Jane Eyre when she’s four and half and has halfwits for parents. At school Matilda has on the one hand, Miss Trunchbull, the meanest principal in the world of fiction and on the other, Miss Honey, the loveliest teacher there ever was. Miss Honey has always reminded me of my real life middle school math teacher, Ms. Shepherd. 🙂 (For anyone who has read this book and was taught by Rachel, I think you know what I mean.)
This book is full of adventure and magic and wisdom. You already know I’m a big fan of all three of those. Like all children’s books it is sometimes dark and scary, but mostly wonderful in the end. Read it when you’re having an awful day, when you’re having a perfect day, either way, it will make your day.
This is what I imagine when I think of the best time.
PS- For anyone who has already read this book can I just take a moment to say, BRUCE BOGTROTTER’S CHOCOLATE CAKE. Anyone?