Karri the Koala came to life when the artist/cartoonist Eric Lobbecke asked my wife Sue if he she would write a kids book for him to illustrate. For some reason she suggested that he and I collaborate and meantime she introduced us to the remarkable Selwa Anthony whose writer management agency was just getting going. With Selwa’s help we produced a kids book together called “The Koala Who Bounced”.
It took me six days to write and Eric six months to draw but we get equal shares of the royalties. How can that be fair? I even get top billing. I wish I could draw as well as Eric – actually, I wish I could write as well as Eric draws.
Eric is now writing his own stories but we still get cheques for that book every six months and it has even been translated into Korean. Why? Maybe someone thought it should be translated into Koalean and there was a mix-up at the printers. Anyway, thanks Eric and Selwa – our little bouncing koala has done us proud.
This year, the book is going to be published again in its original large-size, hardback format. Until then I have a few of the small pocket paperback versions which I can sell for $10 including postage. Click on the PayPal button if you’d like to buy one.