Investing in a new author is always an exciting venture, for the publishers as
it is for the readers. And after a longish gestation period, Merlin Publishers
are proud to be launching the debut novel for children by Audrey Friggieri.
Avventuri mill-Klassi ta’ Miss Ambrożja Pulis Kiftaranipengini is a
zany adventure with a class teacher definitely sui generis who seems to be
able to magically transport her students – one at a time – to a deserted
island. How will each of them cope? Will they adapt, try to find their way out,
or befriend the island’s only inhabitant?
Miss Ambrożja is a clever mix of humour, adventure, wackiness and
thought experiments. It is most definitely not your average children’s book,
but even more entertaining for that.
Friggieri’s ambitious manuscript is illustrated by Spanish artist José Luís
Ocaña. Collaborating with a non-Maltese artist has been a first for Merlin
Publishers, a concrete example of international cooperation and exploiting
the synergies of the European creative market. Born of an encounter at
Bologna Book Fair 2012, this collaboration is certainly the first of many to
come, as the illustrations managed to perfectly capture the mood of
Miss Ambrożja is perfect for readers aged 8 to 12, although of course as
with all good children’s fiction the only age limit is one’s imagination.
The book is available from all bookshops, and directly from
isbn=9789990914405 (with free delivery to Malta and Gozo).