Despite her intelligence and capabilities, Matilda is not looked upon fondly by her own parents. Early in the book, it becomes clear that Matilda's parents feel she is a "chatterbox." They do not appreciate her rich vocabulary and would prefer that she remain silent. A second complaint of her father's is that Matilda is spoiled because she requests a book instead of watching television. A third complaint Mr. Wormwood has is that he views Matilda as too "stupid" to understand how he makes money from selling used cars. Fourth, Mr. Wormwood does not appreciate Matilda's love of reading. He refers to her book as "trash" and sees reading as a waste of time. Finally, Mr. Wormwood sees Matilda as a "cheat" and a "liar" because she is able to perform math calculations in her head.