Quentin Blake illustrates what Roald Dahl’s iconic character Matilda would look like at 30

By on Monday, September 17, 2018

To mark the 30th anniversary of the nation’s favourite Roald Dahl novel Matilda, Quentin Blake has created 8 illustrations of Matilda aged 30, imagining where her adventures as a magically brainy youngster would have brought her, 30 years on.

Three of the illustrations will be appearing next month on the covers of special collector’s editions, which feature Matilda as a world traveller, as an astrophysicist, and as chief executive of The British Library.

Blake, now 85, says “I imagined that for each version of our grown-up Matilda one of her extraordinary talents and achievements would have come to the fore and shown her a role in life”.

Carmen McCullough, Roald Dahl editor at Puffin, added: “With her fearless spirit and amazing brain, Matilda remains every bit as relevant and inspirational to children and adults today as she did 30 years ago. Matilda has always been a force to be reckoned with and as a long-time fan and admirer, I am so thrilled to be publishing new editions of this beloved story, which wonderfully reimagine Matilda for a whole new generation of readers.”

The new editions of the book will be published on 4th October

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