Project Description

Old Tom’s Holiday

by Leigh Hobbs

When Angela Throgmorton goes on vacation and leaves her beloved cat Old Tom at home, she sees reminders of her pet everywhere she goes.

One morning Angela receives some exciting news: she’s won an all-expenses-paid luxury holiday―for one. Angela visits museums and royal gardens, she rides on boats and trains, and she photographs everything so she can share the pictures with Old Tom. But everywhere she goes, she sees something that reminds her of her beloved pet. The lonelier she gets, the more she misses Old Tom. Then a wonderful surprise turns Angela’s solo adventure into a delightful holiday for two.

Leigh Hobbs’s colorful, zany illustrations capture the humor and warmth of a special friendship between two memorable characters.

This book is out of print

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-316-0
Publication Date: 9/1/2004
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-7/8″ x 10-7/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

AR Level: 3.3
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre F
Themes: Pets, Relationships, Vacation


“The uncomplicated text plays straight man to the wacky artwork. There is a quirky childlike quality to the mixed-media cartoons and the characters have angular, exaggerated features…. The humor in this book is sure to appeal to children, especially Harry Allard’s fans.” ―School Library Journal

“Hobbs’s pen, gouache, and acrylic illustrations are a John Callahan-esque riot; readers will enjoy finding the telltale signs of Old Tom in each spread. Fans as well as newcomers to the series will love this slightly rude but lovable cat and his sweet but dim owner.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a great read for all ages that is sure to leave a smile on your face, or at least a knowing look as Old Tom tries to pull the wool over Angela’s eyes yet again.” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Leigh Hobbs is the author and illustrator of several children’s books, including the Old Tom books. He is also a painter, sculptor, and cartoonist. He is allergic to cats. Hobbs lives in Australia. You can visit his website here.