NATIONAL AWARD: Jules Faber has gone right to the top with his first mainstream work as an illustrator winning an Australian gong. Leigh Jensen
NATIONAL AWARD: Jules Faber has gone right to the top with his first mainstream work as an illustrator winning an Australian gong. Leigh Jensen

Coffs illustrator creates ‘weird’ book of the year

COFFS Harbour cartoonist, animator and illustrator Jules Faber has won a Book of the Year Award for WeirDo, his picture book collaboration with author and comedian Anh Do.

WeirDo has taken out the 2014 Australian Book Industry's Book of the Year Award for older children (aged 8-14 years).

The book was also short-listed for the Independent Booksellers Award and the Koala award.

The second picture book in the series by Anh Do and Jules Faber, WeirDo 2 - Even Weirder, has just hit bookshop shelves.

Jules Faber will be signing copies of both WeirDo books at Coffs Coast bookshops today and Monday.

This morning he will be at the Book Warehouse at Toormina Gardens from 10am to 1pm and on Monday he will at Dymocks at Park Beach Plaza from 11am to 1pm.

Jules said he had just been told that sales of the first book, published by Scholastic, had reached 100,000 and the title was still selling strongly.

"It's my first book in the big league and everyone has been taken by surprise by how popular it's become," Mr Faber said of WeirDo.

The book has an animated cover and includes fold-in pages which required the illustrator to learn to engineer them.

A third WeirDo book will be published before the end of the year and a fourth is already planned.



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