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The author who brought us The day my bum went psycho and the Just! series of books, Andy Griffiths, is coming to town.

Mr Griffiths said he would talk to children at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, entertain them, answer any questions they may have and give them sneak previews of his upcoming book, The 39-Storey Treehouse.

“It’s a question and answer forum and a lot of fun,” the Australian author said.

The visit is a part of the State Library of Victoria’s High Road to Reading program, a learning initiative which has provided funding to send a total of four popular authors to the Gippsland area.

“I don’t get a chance to come down to (the Latrobe Valley) very much and the High Road to Reading has made funding available to send authors to all parts of Victoria.”

Mr Griffiths has just returned from the United States where he was launching his 13-Storey Treehouse series.

According to his website, over the past 15 years, Mr Griffiths’ books have been New York Times bestsellers, won more than 50 children’s choice awards, been adapted as a television cartoon series and sold more than five million copies worldwide.

“I’m very lucky, I already have this great readership out there who I already feel very close to and I love to make them laugh and answer all of their questions,” Mr Griffiths said.

“We’ve got a lot of parents who are fans now and we couldn’t claim that back in the day.”

On Saturday 15 June, Mr Griffiths’ visit will consist of an upcoming writers lecture at 11am and an entertaining question and answer forum for children and parents at 1:30pm.

Admission is free, though bookings are essential and can be made through the Latrobe Performing Arts Box Office, Traralgon on 5176 3559.