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Leigh Hobbs Leigh Hobbs i(A51567 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.

Leigh was the Australian Children's Laureate in 2016-2017.

Most Referenced Works

Notes

  • Leigh Hobbs was chosen for the Australia Post 2019 Australian Legends of Children's Literature stamp issue . 

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'.
2016 winner Stanley Awards Children’s Book Illustrator

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon MoonFish MoonFish : Poems to Make You Think and Laugh Abbotsford : Ford Street , 2019 15508423 2019 poetry picture book children's

'Children will love the humour and catchy rhymes of the twenty-nine poems featuring manic TVs, monsters and everything in between.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
y separately published work icon Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9612616 2016 single work picture book children's

'Mr Chicken has always loved reading about Rome. Now it's time to see it in the flesh. With his helpful phrasebook, a friendly guide and an insatiable appetite, Mr Chicken is ready for anything. From the creator of the much-loved classics, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Mr Chicken Lands on London.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted YABBA Picture Storybook
2017 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9612616 2016 single work picture book children's

'Mr Chicken has always loved reading about Rome. Now it's time to see it in the flesh. With his helpful phrasebook, a friendly guide and an insatiable appetite, Mr Chicken is ready for anything. From the creator of the much-loved classics, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Mr Chicken Lands on London.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted YABBA Picture Storybook
2017 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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