It may not sound like the most obvious choice for a children's book but Canberran Krys Saclier's latest release is all about preferential voting.
The children's author and electoral educator's latest book, Vote For Me, is targeted at upper-primary school ages but may prove useful for any adults who are still a little hazy on how the voting system works in Australia.
Paired with illustrations by political cartoonist and illustrator Cathy Wilcox, Vote for Me is the fictional story of the Mount Mayhem School students who decide to elect a student representative after they become fed up with their ugly school uniforms, the healthy food in the tuckshop and the empty sports cupboard.
"I always had the idea in my head for a book that contained a preferential election," Saclier says.
"The person who may get the most first preferences doesn't necessarily get elected so you can have a bit of a twist, which is always important in a book, I think.
"I happen to meet, by accident, a publisher called Maryann Ballantyne from Wild Dog Books and they're a really well-regarded independent publisher and she's very well-regarded in children's publishing.
"She had wanted to publish a book that explained preferential voting, so it was sort of one of those serendipitous things that we actually met each other by accident."
For some, the tricky part would be to effectively weave the preferential voting system, as well as the deeper idea of democracy, into a book that would still be engaging.
But for Saclier, it's a topic that she deals with on a daily basis as an electoral educator.
She sees a lot of elections play out with students - although, never with children being elected into power - so she understands how to engage kids in how the process works.
"There's lots of information out there about preferential voting and a lot of educational resources and teachers are doing a brilliant job with this," she says.
"However, I just thought there's nothing that really sort of tells a story. Although there are a few children's books about elections that don't actually go into the process of how preferential voting works, which is reasonably different to the first past the post style that a lot of people are familiar with."
And that could potentially be the reason why the book has already had a great response. As voting is a private matter, it is relatively easy to do it without completely understanding how it works, even as an adult.
"A lot of people probably don't really understand and yet we all have to do it," she says.
"It's compulsory to vote in Australia so we will have to go and vote. But I feel like a lot of us don't actually know why we're numbering the boxes and this books sets it out and in a fun way.
"It's secret voting so no one's going know that you don't know how to do it and no one needs to know, still, if you don't know you just have to kind of quietly read this and it will all been explained."
- Vote for Me, by Krys Saclier. Illustrated by Cathy Wilcox. Wild Dog Books. $24.99.