Matilda (both our heroine and the novel itself) taught us ever so much about reading through her very wonderful love of books.
Her tale is packed full of fantastic book based quotes. So as it's World Book Day, sit back, read on and enjoy. (It's what Matilda Wormwood would want.)
“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.”
“She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
“All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.”
“From then on, Matilda would visit the library only once a week in order to take out new books and return the old ones. Her own small bedroom now became her reading-room and there she would sit and read most afternoons, often with a mug of hot chocolate beside her.”
“I'm wondering what to read next." Matilda said. "I've finished all the children's books.”
"Do you think that all children’s books ought to have funny bits in them?’ Miss Honey asked.
‘I do,’ Matilda said. ‘Children are not so serious as grown-ups and they love to laugh."
“A girl should think about making herself look attractive so she can get a good husband later on. Looks is more important than books, Miss Hunky...""The name is Honey," Miss Honey said.
"Now look at me," Mrs Wormwood said.
"Then look at you. You chose books. I chose looks.”
“I've always said to myself that if a little pocket calculator can do it why shouldn't I?”
Oh and let’s just end with one from the ever awful Mr Wormwood: “A BOOK?! WHAT D'YOU WANNA FLAMING BOOK FOR?...WE'VE GOT A LOVELY TELLY WITH A 12-INCH SCREEN AND NOW YA WANNA BOOK!”