Angela Throgmorton adores Old Tom, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.
When she gives him The Big Book of Beauty the results are astonishing. But will it go to Old Tom’s head? Old Tom, star of six previous books and with his own TV series, is one of Leigh Hobbs’ most loved characters.
‘Old Tom is a big, resounding “yes” for children who live in a world of “nos”. In all these hilarious adventures, Hobbs is right on the beating heart of what it is to be a child.’ Meg Sorensen, Sydney Morning Herald
‘Few illustrators can capture with such precision the emotions and personality of a character, allowing the artwork to say much more than the brief, wry text.’ Sonya Hartnett, Australian Book Review
Leigh Hobbs works across a wide range of artistic mediums, but is best known for his children's books featuring Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig, the Freaks of 4F, Mr Badger and Mr Chicken. Old Tom is also a popular TV series, and Leigh has won every major Australian children's choice award. Mr Chicken Goes to Pariswas shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, is a bestseller at Paris's Louvre Bookshop, was adapted for the stage by NIDA, and was shortlisted for the CBCA Awards - as were Horrible Harriet and Old Tom's Holiday. Since childhood, Leigh's had a passion for art, architecture, classical music, English history, and he loves London, Paris and Rome as much as his beloved character Mr Chicken.
Leigh is Australia's Children's Laureate for 2016 and 2017.