ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A new book from Hobbs is a cause for celebration, and this one does not disappoint! Harriet is bored with being a bad girl and tries out all the good girl things she can think of. Unfortunately there's a problem - the Terrible Tantrum she has to keep in a cage in her room in the roof of the school. She does everything she can to placate it, but when it escapes and takes her place in the classroom, she is left with no alternative… Full of sly jokes and anarchic humour, with his trademark energetic expressiveness (really, no-one can do as much with a single squiggly line as Hobbs can!) this is pure delight for readers young and old. Lindy
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 was also a popular TV series, and Leigh has won every major Australian children's choice award. Mr Chicken Goes to Paris was 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. Horrible Harriet appeared at the Sydney Opera House in 2017. In 2019, Leigh was one of five Australian Legends of Children's Literature featured by Australia Post on a stamp, and in 2016-2017 he was the Australian Children's Laureate.