Remember Matilda? Roald Dahl’s story of an intelligent and precocious young girl facing tremendous adversity and overbearing authority figures in an unfair social system. Pure childish fantasy, of course. Still, kids seem to see something in it.
As ‘Matilda’ reached its 30th anniversary yesterday, it had many people wondering where Matilda’s positive outlook, quick wit and telekinetic abilities get her as an adult. Well, it turns out that Quentin Blake, the book’s original illustrator, was wondering the same thing.
According to an article in The Guardian, the current publishers of the book approached the 85-year-old illustrator for a new illustration to grace their 30thanniversary edition showing what the book’s hero would be doing at 30. Instead, Blake did eight, depicting all of the major accomplishments Matilda would have achieved by now.
This wide range of feats includes becoming a world-renowned wrestler, astrophysicist, world traveler, Poet Laureate and special effects wizard.
Yup. That all checks out. See a few of the illustrations below.
Illustrations: Quentin Blake/Roald Dahl Story Company 2018