Leigh Hobbs is an artist, painter, sculptor, cartoonist, children's book illustrator and author. He is also an experienced teacher and lecturer at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Leigh's two larger-than-life Luna Park sculptures are now housed at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. Leigh's ceramic Flinders Street Station teapot is in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria and many of his cartoons have appeared in the Age newspaper and various other publications.
Leigh has illustrated many books but is probably best known for the Old Tom series of books which is now a successful animated TV series. Horrible Harriett, published by Allen and Unwin in 2004, was shortlisted for the CBC awards and was the winner of the 2003 YABBA Award.
His latest book MR CHICKEN GOES TO PARIS has been shortlisted by the Australian Booksellers association as the picture book of the year, and is now on sale in The Louvre Bookshop in Paris.