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A Fairy Tale
  • Designers' Choice
  • Winner

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Literary Fiction Book, Designers' Choice Cover of the Year
Scribe Publications

About the Designer

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were… and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and two Australian Book Industry Awards.

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Design Rationale

A Fairy Tale is about a father and son who live a nomadic life on the outskirts of society. The eccentric father home schools his son by day and by night tells his him a fairy tale about a prince and a king. We see the world through the son’s eyes, which often turns into magical scenes of his imagination. But then things take a dark turn. The tricky part of this brief was to somehow capture the wonderful aspect of the son’s imagination, but also convey that it is a gritty, urban tale about an isolated father and son.

135 x 210 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Uncoated Stock
Internal Design
Allison Colpoys
Jonas T. Bengtsson