4F for Freaks
Class 4F is a mighty challenge for any teacher, with One-Eyed Eileen's gang of freaks and their naughty antics. But Miss Corker (alias Miss Schnorkel) works out a clever way to handle them. From the creator of Old Tom and Horrible Harriet, and inspired by 25 years of teaching, comes another unforgettable cast of hilarious characters. It's Miss Corker's first day at her new school (in fact, it's her first day at any school) and she is looking forward to meeting her class ... Leigh Hobbs turns his sharply observant eyes to the oddballs and misfits in Grade 4 in this absolutely hilarious illustrated story for 7-11 year olds.
'...politically incorrect...fabulously awful.' Weekend Australian26 Feb 2006'...a world of barely contained anarchy, borderline menace and irresistible humour...It's reassuring to think that the truly anarchic tradition in children's literature is still being honoured.' Brisbane's ChildMarch 2006'...a perfect read for reluctant readers with a zany sense of humour.' Sunday Star Times16 April 2006'It's a great story...I wouldn't like to be in that class!'Kane White, age 7, Bayside Bulletin, 11 July 2006
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 bigger-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 2001 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...Leigh is Australia's Children's Laureate for 2016 and 2017.