(1947 - ) is Malta's foremost writer and illustrator of children's
books. He basically made them what they are today.
Apart from being one of my best friends, I also admire Trevor's work
greatly, and have had the opportunity to review quite a large number
of his massive arsenal of books.
In 1992, PIN published this heavily illustrated, 169 page critical
study of the author/illustrator. Dr. Charles Briffa did half of it ...
the bit relating to Trevor's writings, and I did the second half (a
shorter "half", actually) about his illustrations.
This is how I end my section of the book:
"(Trevor Zahra) is a prolific man, full of ideas, never tiring of
experimentation, never letting ideas remain just that, but
transforming them into new projects that are often an exciting
addition to the limited field of children's books in this country of
ours. A field he himself helped start, and, with his untiring effort
also in the field of illustration, continues to be a prime mover in it
constant aspirations towards excellence."
Charles Briffa and myself later on (in May of 1994, to be exact)
collaborated with Mario Cassar to produce a 32-page booklet of
critical writing called "Fil-Qalba tat-Trongiet" ("In the heart of the
citrus fruits"), distributed during the launch of Trevor Zahra's
(The Seven Enchanted Citrus Fruits).