Leigh Hobbs i(61 works by)
Born: Established: 1953 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Leigh Hobbs was born in Melbourne and grew up in Bairnsdale. He became interested in art in primary school, and later attended art school. After graduating in Art from Caulfield Institute of Technology, he worked at Sydney's Luna Park restoring the carousel and creating two caricature sculptures 'Larry and Lizzie Luna' (now housed in the Powerhouse Museum).

He then began teaching Art in secondary schools while continuing to practice as an artist in a range of different mediums. Apart from becoming a critically acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books, Hobbs has created paintings, ceramics, sculptures and ink work, and he has worked as a freelance cartoonist for the Age. A French/Australian co-production TV series (screened on the ABC) is based on his 'Old Tom' character, the cat that features in several of his best known books.

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Personal Awards

2017 nominated International Awards The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
2016-2017 recipient Australian Children's Laureate Hobbs's theme for his incumbency as Australian Children's Laureate: 'to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative lives'.

Awards for Works

Mr Chicken Goes to Paris 2009 single work picture book children's 'Mr Chicken has taken up his friend Yvette's invitation to visit Paris. As they journey together through the City of Love, Mr Chicken is overcome by the magic of all the city has to offer - and the inhabitants of this most stylish city don't quite know what to make of him. Mr Chicken will delight children of all ages.' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 winner KOALA Awards Picture Book
2011 winner COOL Award Picture Book
2010 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2010 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2010 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
2010 honour book KOALA Awards Picture Book
2010 shortlisted YABBA Picture Storybook
Mr Chicken Goes to Paris 2009 single work picture book children's 'Mr Chicken has taken up his friend Yvette's invitation to visit Paris. As they journey together through the City of Love, Mr Chicken is overcome by the magic of all the city has to offer - and the inhabitants of this most stylish city don't quite know what to make of him. Mr Chicken will delight children of all ages.' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 winner KOALA Awards Picture Book
2011 winner COOL Award Picture Book
2010 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2010 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2010 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
2010 honour book KOALA Awards Picture Book
2010 shortlisted YABBA Picture Storybook
Fiona the Pig's Big Day 2006 single work picture book children's

It's Fiona's first day at school and her parents are suffering from separation anxiety.

2014 shortlisted KOALA Awards Picture Book
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