Ġorġ Mallia

Author, cartoonist, and instructional technologist

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When PIN published its KULLANA KULTURALI (a multi-volume encyclopedia of Maltese culture), Trevor Zahra was commissioned to write the one about children's books in Malta. He was the one who invited Charles Briffa and myself to write a critical appraisal of children's books and illustrations respectively. Trevor himself supplied the history section.

The book has become a major source (possibly the only one, apart from a few booklets and articles here and there) of what children's books in Malta are all about.

Here is a translation of the blurb on the back cover:

"The last thirty years of the XX century are a period that led to the golden age at the beginning of the XXI century in the field of children's literature. At the beginning of the third millenium, children's literature is being considered as a unique branch of the national literature; is being recognised as an essential part of our cultural identity; is containing a large selection of themes and literary tendencies and styles; and is serving the needs of society in the psychological and academic development. All of this apart from the entertainment it provides. Children's literature has become a genre all by itself. Books in Maltese are being written like never before. Children's literature has become independent from adult literature, and has bettered its quality and stature."

The book, with Andrew Micallef's illustration from
Taht Sema Kwiekeb on the cover, was published in March, 2002.

Gorg Mallia, Trevor Zahra and Charles Briffa in the photo from the book:


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