Roald Dahl's character Matilda has become a beloved symbol for many. The fearless bookworm was a champion for her fellow students, stood up to seemingly unbeatable bully teacher Ms. Trunchbull, and fought for what was right even when it felt almost impossible. Matilda's wit and bravery have inspired people for decades. On the 30th anniversary of the book's release, artists have taken the time to re-imagine what Matilda might be up to now.
Illustrator Quentin Blake gave us a glimpse at what adult Matilda could be up to. Perhaps she'd be an astrophysicist, or a poet! Whatever she'd be doing, there would be books involved.
Quentin Blake has reimagined Matilda 30 years on and it’s just as glorious and lovely and inspiring as you’d hope. https://t.co/XY6NmMMKnh— Ryan Nelson (@Ryan Nelson)1538381446.0
The art piece that really has tongues wagging, though, is one that keeps Matilda young. If the fearless little girl in the books could face down the terrible Ms. Trunchbull, then she could face down any bully. So it makes sense that Matilda might be imagined taking on someone that millions of people perceive as the biggest bully of our time.
Take a look.
LOOK: To celebrate 30 years since Welsh author Roald Dahl's book 'Matilda' was published, a statue of her staring d… https://t.co/rb1mhg8kVy— CapitalSWales News (@CapitalSWales News)1538378172.0
The statue shows Matilda as a child - the way we all got to know and love her. She's standing firmly on a stack of books with her hands on her hips as she stares up at a caricature of Donald Trump. Trump is portrayed with laughably tiny hands and a duck-lipped pout. He is leaning down at Matilda while standing on a hollow platform.
The symbolism and message came through loud and clear. Some people LOVED it, and others seemed annoyed by the piece. Either way, it became a major talking point.
@capitalswanews @realDonaldTrump Matilda standing on a firm foundation of books 📚 while frumpy stands on a hollow foundation.— The Hairless Chimp (@The Hairless Chimp)1538402109.0
@Independent https://t.co/maN1x6OPl8— Haze (@Haze)1538397235.0
@michael_7677 @capitalswanews @realDonaldTrump the whole story of Matilda is this small unsuspecting girl who fight… https://t.co/gnydEMwBL6— Oh-Livia (@Oh-Livia)1538399702.0
@TelegraphBooks The tiny little hands on the Trump statue were a brilliant touch 🤣👐— The Taiji News 🐬 (@The Taiji News 🐬)1538402847.0
@David_Angle @theQfoo @capitalswanews @realDonaldTrump They don't get what it represents & its relevance.— banana!SAM 🍌 (@banana!SAM 🍌)1538404291.0
@gregorysmithj @cnni https://t.co/V3e2TQhcJz— Haze (@Haze)1538406178.0
@cnni Trump being the cretin that he is will probably think that this is a statue honouring him. 🤦♀️ You go… https://t.co/mqyNenMbVD— Bec (@Bec)1538402689.0
If you, like so many other people, are wondering how Donald Trump got into the mix with Matilda, it's quite simple. The Roald Dahl Story Company polled the public and asked who they thought Matilda would stand up to if she were a child today. Donald Trump was took the top spot for the biggest bully. Theresa May was a distant second place with Piers Morgan rounding the top three. The statue is currently on display in Buckinghamshire, where Roald Dahl lived for almost 40 years.
Today Matilda turns thirty! Happy Birthday Matilda! #Matilda30 https://t.co/VviFfsl7yb— Roald Dahl HQ (@Roald Dahl HQ)1538374560.0
We hope Matilda continues to inspire people to stand up to the Trunchbulls (or Trumps) in their lives for another 30 years. Happy birthday Matilda!