Leigh Hobbs is an Australian author, artist, cartoonist and the creator of the Old Tom series of books about an endearing cat (aka a seven year old boy) that lives with Angela Throgmorton (aka the mother figure). He also has other characters of note - Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig and Mr Chicken. There is nothing I can say about Leigh that he hasn't said himself in his comprehensive and creative website. Check it out! Also there are teaching notes for his Old Tom books at the Puffin website.