Old Tom, Man of Mystery

Old Tom, Man of Mystery

by Leigh Hobbs

Hardback Publication Date: 01/07/2005

<i><b>This hilarious spoof of a cat-and-mouse game played out by a mischievous cat and his good-natured owner is sure to please.<br /></b></i> <p>Angela Throgmorton lives with her mangy cat, the troublesome but lovable Old Tom. One morning, an overworked Angela decides that the time has come for Old Tom to help out a bit around the house. But when Angela makes a list of chores for him, Tom suddenly becomes sick. Angela puts him to bed and tells him to rest but Old Tom has other ideas. So while Angela is busy dusting and wiping and scrubbing and sweeping, Old Tom gets busy too ...changing into the Man of Mystery!<br /></p> <p>Angela bakes some cakes and then notices fur on her freshly scrubbed floor. Later she finds crumbs on the carpet that has just been swept. But when Angela is awakened by strange footsteps in the middle of the night, she decides it is time to investigate. Soon she is off on her own adventure, shadowing the Man of Mystery!<br /></p> <p>Leigh Hobbs's colorful, zany illustrations capture the humor and warmth of a special friendship between two memorable characters.<br /> <br /></p>
Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)
Publication Date:
Peachtree Publishers
Country of origin:
United States
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Leigh Hobbs

Leigh Hobbs is an artist and author, best known for the children's books featuring his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig, the Freaks of 4F, Mr Badger and Mr Chicken. Old Tom was also a popular TV series.

Mr Chicken Goes to Paris was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and remains a bestseller at the Louvre Bookshop in Paris. Mr Chicken was adapted for the stage by NIDA and Horrible Harriet appeared at the Sydney Opera House in 2017.

In 2016/17, Leigh was Australian Children's Laureate - his detailed Laureate itinerary is on the endpapers of Mr Chicken All Over Australia. In 2019, Leigh was one of five Australian Legends featured by Australia Post on a stamp.

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