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Matilda stares down Trump in new statute

Frank Carnevale
| Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, 11:48 a.m.
In this photo made available on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, a statue of the Roald Dahl character Matilda is unveiled alongside one of US President Donald Trump, in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England. The two statues show Trump in a face-to-face confrontation with the character Matilda, whose story was first published 30 years ago. The choice of Trump for the statue was made after the Roald Dahl Story Company asked the British public what Matilda’s life would be like in 2018 and who was the figure the strong-willed Matilda would be most likely to stand up to. (David Parry/PA via AP)
In this photo made available on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, a statue of the Roald Dahl character Matilda is unveiled alongside one of US President Donald Trump, in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England. The two statues show Trump in a face-to-face confrontation with the character Matilda, whose story was first published 30 years ago. The choice of Trump for the statue was made after the Roald Dahl Story Company asked the British public what Matilda’s life would be like in 2018 and who was the figure the strong-willed Matilda would be most likely to stand up to. (David Parry/PA via AP)
In this photo made available on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, Mollie Sutton, eight, from Romford stands in between a statue of the Roald Dahl character Matilda and one of US President Donald Trump, during their unveiling, in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England. The two statues show Trump in a face-to-face confrontation with the character Matilda, whose story was first published 30 years ago. The choice of Trump for the statue was made after the Roald Dahl Story Company asked the British public what Matilda’s life would be like in 2018 and who was the figure the strong-willed Matilda would be most likely to stand up to. (David Parry/PA via AP)
In this photo made available on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, Mollie Sutton, eight, from Romford stands in between a statue of the Roald Dahl character Matilda and one of US President Donald Trump, during their unveiling, in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England. The two statues show Trump in a face-to-face confrontation with the character Matilda, whose story was first published 30 years ago. The choice of Trump for the statue was made after the Roald Dahl Story Company asked the British public what Matilda’s life would be like in 2018 and who was the figure the strong-willed Matilda would be most likely to stand up to. (David Parry/PA via AP)
President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at WesBanco Arena, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Wheeling, WV. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at WesBanco Arena, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Wheeling, WV. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Matilda character by author Roald Dahl.
Matilda character by author Roald Dahl.

A new statue celebrating children’s book character “Matilda” has her staring down President Donald Trump.

Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the publication of the book by Roald Dahl and the statue was unveiled on the grounds of the late author’s home in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, U.K.

In the 1988 book Matilda stands up to her evil principal Miss Trunchbull. A 1996 movie stared Mara Wilson as Matilda, Danny DeVito, who also directed the film, as her father and Rhea Perlman as her mother.

According to The Independent , the idea for the statues came about after The Roald Dahl Story Company conducted a survey asking the public who they thought Matilda would be facing down today.

42 percent of respondents to the survey picked Trump, while 21 percent went with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and 16 percent said TV host Piers Morgan.

The Thames Valley News posted photos of the statue to Twitter.

More photos of the statues from the marketing office at the Roald Dahl Museum .

Another photo .

Bernie Hall, from 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.”

Dahl died in 1990. He also wrote The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, and James and the Giant Peach.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, fcarnevale@tribweb.com or via Twitter @frnkstar.

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