Matilda's parents do not like her study habits and think that she should be interested in other things. It becomes obvious they do not like her. So, Matilda begins to do some mischievous pranks to get their attention. She, for example, puts super glue in her dad's hat brim which he cannot get off. Another time, Matilda borrows a parrot and stuffs it up the chimney where it sounds like a ghost.