Matilda was the last chapter book that Roald Dahl wrote before his death.
The book was inspired by the political climate of the 1980s, a desire to keep books alive, and, possibly, his grandchildren.
In an interview with NPR, she said 'I think that there was a deep genuine fear within his heart that books were going to go away and he wanted to write about it.' In the 1980s, when Dahl wrote Matilda, television had become extremely popular.
TVs were in most households, and cable networks like MTV had become the rage among young people.
However, Matilda's parents only value things like money and television, and they treat her poorly because she is different.
To punish them, she plays little tricks on them, like replacing her father's shampoo with hair dye and making her family believe there is a ghost in the house. Saying a relationship is rocky is to call it a difficult, unharmonious relationship.
Matilda learns she has a special power and uses it to help teachers and students at her school.
Read this summary to find out if Matilda finds happiness for herself!
Dahl has not said whether Matilda was connected to his grandchildren, but it is possible that he felt inspired by his granddaughters to write Matilda.
Lucy, Roald Dahl's youngest daughter, has said that her father was afraid that books would end.