Roald Dahl’s Matilda will be translated into its 50th language this summer after Itchy Coo, an imprint of Black and White Publishing, signed a Scots language deal.
Campbell Brown, m.d. of Black and White, acquired world Scots language rights from Allison Cole at David Higham Associates and the book will be translated by Glaswegian author Anne Donovan. Publication is set for July.
First published on 1st October 1988, Matilda was the last major book published in Dahl’s lifetime and is one of the bestselling stories around the world, with 17 million copies in circulation according to Puffin. In the UK the book has sold more than 952,000 units for £5m through Nielsen BookScan.
Last year illustrator Quentin Blake created a series of different front covers for the book, imagining Matilda as an adult, to celebrate the book's 30th birthday.
Itchy Coo has published a number of children’s books in Scots, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Extract from Matilda in Scots: Bruce Dubskelper and the Cake: