The Malta Independent 21 May 2022, Saturday

Fra Mudest, the jolly friar and his antics

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 09:54 Last update: about 5 months ago

Author: Charles Casha. Illustrations: Deandra Scicluna. Publisher: Merlin

The most popular friar in Maltese literature has done it again. He cannot seem to make one move without getting into some sort of trouble!

Fra Mudest u r-Rixa tells of another adventure of this character so popular with multiple generations of Maltese children. Penned by much-loved author Charles Casha, this story forms part of the revamped series of books about the jolly friar - Fra Mudest u l-Figolla tal-Pirjol and Fra Mudest u ċ-Ċagħaq.

Merlin Publishers created this new series to introduce this iconic character in Maltese literature to a new generation of young readers. Fra Mudest has been given a modern look by illustrator Deandra Scicluna who, although retaining the 70s ambience, years in which the first antics of Fra Mudest were written, gave a face lift to the characters and environment to appeal visually to today's young readers.

These three Fra Mudest books form part of a series of books aimed to be accessible to children who find it hard to read in Maltese as well as children with dylsexia and other realities that effect their ease of reading. The series includes Rigal għal Samantha by Carmel G. Cauchi and Il-Fatat Kaħlani by Clare Azzopardi and Leanne Ellul.

The books in this series consist of one story, divided into short chapters, with a limited amount of text, intentionally aimed for children aged seven and over who would have built enough confidence to read alone. Moreover, this series has been printed on yellowish matt paper and makes use of a font purposely created to help children with dyslexia to read.

Parents and teachers alike have welcomed this new series and children are snapping them up. Many a times we hear that there is need for simpler books in Maltese to be able to reach the younger readers. In fact this series has continued to fill this void in Maltese literature and therefore Merlin will continue to strengthen this series with more stories and adventures by children's favourite authors.

'Fra Mudest u r-Rixa' and all the above-mentioned books are available from all leading bookshops or directly online from merlinpublishers.com


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