Return of the jolly friar: Fra Mudest gets children’s book rebrand

Charles Casha’s much loved character stars in shorter stories, simplified for younger readers, with new illustrations by Deandra Scicluna

The chubby frair has been given a make-over, making him accessible to readers as young as seven years of age
The chubby frair has been given a make-over, making him accessible to readers as young as seven years of age

Fra Mudest – a jolly friar who always ends up in a pickle – is a household name in children’s literature and many a generation has grown up laughing out loud at the antics of the frair.

Penned by Charles Casha, they were first published as magazine short stories in 1967, then four years later Fra Mudest was published as a book collection, the first ever Maltese children’s book to be published in Malta.

Now, the chubby frair has been given a make-over, making him accessible to readers as young as seven years of age. A new Merlin Publishers series will see Fra Mudest star in shorter stories which have been simplified by the author Charles Casha. Each book contains one short story, with a contained amount of text making it the perfect length for young children just developing the confidence to read their first “proper” book.

The friar has also been given a facelift with new illustrations by Deandra Scicluna, who kept the retro ambience of the 1970s period when Fra Mudest was written, but at the same time giving the characters a fresh look.

Fra Mudest u l-Figolla tal-Pirjol is the first book in the series and is printed in a sizeable and easier-to-read font on matt, yellow paper, specifically aimed at helping children with reading difficulties.

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