Matilda is an extraordinary girl. She is sensitive and brilliant. Even before she is five years old she has read Dickens and Hemingway, Kipling and Steinback. Matilda's gormless parents are neither sensitive nor brilliant. They think Matilda is just a nuisance, and treat her as a scab - a scab to be endured until the time comes to flick her way. As if this isn't enough, Matilda has to cope with the odious headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who terrorizes the whole school, including Matilda's beloved class teacher, Miss Honey. When Matilda is attacked by Miss Trunchbull one day, she suddenly discovers she has an extraordinary power and realizes she can make trouble for the monstrous grown-ups in her life.