A children’s author has denied the cover of his book showing an inspector dictating “dos and don’ts” is Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews after images of the book went viral.
The children’s book, which shoppers spotted at Coles, is from the Inspector Bubblewraps DO’S and DON’TS series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.
Artist and photographer Alexia Sinclair shared a photo of the book last week saying “My heart goes out to @DanielAndrewsMP,” with a broken heart emoji.
“Now Coles have published a book about him titled ‘Inspector Bubblewrapper’s DOs and DON’Ts’.”
One of the authors, Griffiths responded, insisting the likeness was accidental.
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“Well, any resemblance is purely coincidental but if the safety helmet fits … (our thanks to @DanielAndrewsMP and gratitude for his extraordinary and tireless efforts during this extraordinary time),” Griffiths wrote on Twitter.
Another person shared a photo of the same book on Reddit Wednesday, noting the resemblance.
“This bloke setting a list of things we can and can’t do looks a little familiar, no,” the Reddit user wrote.
“Hey that’s Andrew Daniels,” one commenter joked.
“The red straps are covering up the North Face logo,” one commenter said referencing the brand of jacket Mr Andrews is known for wearing.
The Premier of Victoria has faced increased scrutiny over his handling of Victoria’s harsh Stage four lockdowns. The opposition leader accused Mr Andrews of making “captains calls” over changes in the lockdown.
Victoria reported 51 new cases of coronavirus and seven deaths on Thursday.