Roald Dahl's Matilda squares up to Trump in 30th anniversary campaign

Statues showing Roald Dahl's classic character Matilda squaring up to Donald Trump have been unveiled at the author's former home town, in a campaign to mark the book's 30th anniversary.

Both statues are positioned in the fields outside the library in Great Missenden, Bucks - the inspiration for Mrs Phelps’ library, where the studious Matilda devoured classic literature by the age of four and three months.

As part of the campaign, from PR agency Tin Man, the public were asked who Matilda – who famously stood up to her head teacher Miss Trunchbull – would stand up to today. Trump came top (42 per cent), followed by Theresa May (21 per cent) and Piers Morgan (16 per cent).

Brits were also asked what they felt Matilda would be doing in her thirties, with 29 per cent believing she would be a school teacher, whilst others thought she would now be a UN ambassador (12 per cent) or a librarian (11 per cent). The public also voted for Matilda to be friends with Emma Watson (24 per cent), Meghan Markle (14 per cent), and singer Ed Sheeran (nine per cent).

Meanwhile, Matilda’s original illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has created eight new drawings imagining her in her thirties working in an exciting role. They feature on 30th birthday editions of the book, published by Penguin Random House on 4 October.

Fans are asked to join the debate about what Matilda would be like now using #Matilda30.

Bernie Hall, of The Roald Dahl Story Company, said: "Matilda demonstrates that it’s possible for anyone, no matter how small and powerless they feel, to defeat the Trunchbulls in their own lives - a message that feels even more relevant today than it did 30 years ago."

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