When I was a child my three favorite books were Matilda, Maniac Magee, and Bridge to Terabithia. Matilda is the precursor to the Harry Potter series. She is a young, brilliant, misunderstood child who overcomes adversity to become great. Although, in Matilda's case great just means getting away from her horrible parents and finding someone who understands and appreciates her. That right there is why this is such a brilliant book.
The writing is classic Rald Dahl - meaning it is well written and appropriate for young children. That being said it is a book that will appeal across the ages.
If you have not read this book - you should. I am a firm believer that this should be on everyone's bookshelf.
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