Author(s): Leigh Hobbs (Illustrator)
Horrible Harriet lives in a nest in the roof of the school. All the other children are scared of her. But when Athol Egghead arrives in a hot-air balloon, she finds her first friend in this energetic, unique picture book about appearances, friendships, and people not being what they seem.
Shortlisted for the REAL Children's Choice Book Awards 2003; Fiction for Younger Readers. This year the shortlist is on behalf of YABBA (Vic), KOALA (NSW), and COOL (ACT).Shortlisted: CBC Awards 2002; Picture Book of the Year.
Shortlisted for YABBA Award for Picture Storybooks 2004 and KOALA (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards): Picture Book 2004 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2002.
Funny, energetic and inventive, this is a gloriously scandalous story about a school bully' Meg Sorensen, Sydney Morning Heralda wonderfully subversive read' Judges' Report, CBCA, 2002Ah, Harriet, I think I may have even taught you myself. For the memories alone I would buy this book.' Debbie Mulligan, MagpiesThe fun-fair palette and humour cloak a serious message: people are not always what they seem.' Vogue Australia Kids
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 also a successful animated TV series. Horrible Harriet, published by Allen + Unwin in 2004, was shortlisted for the CBC awards and was the winner of the 2003 YABBA Award. Fiona the Pig has recently been published by Penguin Books and Hooray for Horrible Harriet was published in 2005. His latest book is 4F for Freaks...Leigh is Australia's Children's Laureate for 2016 and 2017.