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SHE was the feisty young girl who stood up to her cruel head­mistress in one of the world’s most pop­u­lar chil­dren’s books.

Now Roald Dahl’s fa­mous char­ac­ter Matilda Worm­wood has been recre­ated in a face-off with US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, thanks to a Birm­ing­ham-based an­i­ma­tion com­pany.

A pair of im­pos­ing stat­ues were un­veiled this week in the Buck­ing­hamshire vil­lage of Great Mis­senden near the for­mer home of the renowned chil­dren’s au­thor to cel­e­brate the 30th an­niver­sary of his book Matilda.

Dig­beth-based Yam­i­na­tion was re­cruited dur­ing the sum­mer by The Roald Dahl Story Com­pany, which man­ages the copy­rights and trade­marks of the au­thor, to help de­sign and build the stat­ues.

Founder Drew Roper said: “The re­ac­tion has been great since the pic­tures were first pub­lished, the phones have not stopped ring­ing and we’ve re­ceived many emails about them. It’s lovely to be in­volved in such a project.

“It’s not meant to be a po­lit­i­cal thing or mak­ing any kind of state­ment, it’s just the art of cre­at­ing some beau­ti­ful stat­ues and hav­ing a bit of fun with it.”

The idea for the stat­ues came from a pub­lic sur­vey con­ducted by The Roald Dahl Story Com­pany.

In the novel, Matilda fa­mously stands up to head­mistress Miss Trunchbull but the com­pany wanted to dis­cover what peo­ple thought Matilda would be do­ing to­day if she were alive and in her 30s. A to­tal of 42 per cent of re­spon­dents said Pres­i­dent Trump would be the per­son she would stand up to with Theresa May com­ing in sec­ond (21 per cent) and Piers Mor­gan third (16 per cent).

The pub­lic also voted for who they thought Matilda would be friends with and ac­tress Emma Wat­son (24 per cent), Duchess of Sus­sex Meghan Markle (14 per cent) and mu­si­cian Ed Sheeran (nine per cent) were the most pop­u­lar picks.

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