Author(s): Leigh Hobbs
In 4F for Freaks Miss Corker came up with a great idea for tricking 4F into obedience, but in this hilarious sequel, she finds her disguise has stuck and it looks like she'll be Miss Schnorkel forever. With One-Eyed Eileen on the case to unmask her, and a rendezvous with a boatload of teachers on long-service leave, Freaks Ahoy! is hilarious entertainment for young and old. 4F are all at sea. Who'd have thought so many Freaks could fit on a boat?
'...devilishly funny...the characters burst off the page, full of life. Laughing with Hobbs is like eating cake for breakfast: such a naughty, delicious pleasure.'Weekend Australian, 24-25 February 2007'Lock up the teachers. Remove all sharp objects. The Freaks are back!...so delightfully wicked, it's almost impossible not to cheer them on. Don't make me choose between 4F for Freaksand Freaks Ahoy!because they're both freaking wonderful.'Sunday Age, 4 March 2007 'Weird, wonderful and seriously warped.'Magpies, Vol 22:1, March 2007
Leigh Hobbs was born in Melbourne, grew up in Bairnsdale and has lived and worked in Sydney, Sale and London. He is an artist who works across a wide range of mediums, as well as writing and illustrating his children's books...Leigh's first arts-related job was at Sydney's Luna Park where he created Larry and Lizzy Luna, now in the Powerhouse Museum. Leigh's ceramic Flinders Street Station Teapot is in the National Gallery of Victoria. Many of his cartoons have appeared in the Melbourne Age newspaper. He is best known, though, for his children's books featuring his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and Fiona the Pig. Old Tom has been adapted into an extremely popular TV series...Ed Zaghini of Booktrusted News (UK) describes Leigh as 'one of today's best living children's book illustrators'. Leigh has twice been shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Awards (for Horrible Harriet and Old Tom's Holiday and his books have won every major Australian children's choice award...Leigh is Australia's Children's Laureate for 2016 and 2017.