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Matilda 2: Trunchbull's Revenge

Of all the books I ever read as a child, Matilda is the one I remember best and had by far the greatest impact on my eight-year-old brain. It taught me that, no matter how big a problem might seem, you can always think your way out of difficult situations, that adults aren't always right and that bullies are never the heroes of your story.

My powers of telekinesis remain depressingly underdeveloped, despite my best efforts, but now I'm all grown up, I'd like to know what Matilda made of her life, and if it's anything at all like mine. Maybe she'd be an astronaut, an environmental lawyer or a Booker-winning novelist. I'd like to see if telekinesis was only the beginning... maybe Matilda learned how to read minds, see through walls, fly like superwoman and save the planet. She already has a supervillain arch-nemesis in Miss Trunchbull... back like a musclebound Moriarty to exact her revenge on Matilda, wipe out all children and rule the new world she wants to mould in her image. That is a story I would really like to read. If only Roald Dahl were alive to tell it. 

Matilda 2: Trunchbull's Revenge

Of all the books I ever read as a child, Matilda is the one I remember best and had by far the greatest impact on my eight-year-old brain. It taught me that, no matter how big a problem might seem, you can always think your way out of difficult situations, that adults aren't always right and that bullies are never the heroes of your story.

My powers of telekinesis remain depressingly underdeveloped, despite my best efforts, but now I'm all grown up, I'd like to know what Matilda made of her life, and if it's anything at all like mine. Maybe she'd be an astronaut, an environmental lawyer or a Booker-winning novelist. I'd like to see if telekinesis was only the beginning... maybe Matilda learned how to read minds, see through walls, fly like superwoman and save the planet. She already has a supervillain arch-nemesis in Miss Trunchbull... back like a musclebound Moriarty to exact her revenge on Matilda, wipe out all children and rule the new world she wants to mould in her image. That is a story I would really like to read. If only Roald Dahl were alive to tell it. 

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