© Leigh Hobbs, illustration from Mr Chicken Goes to Paris, Allen & Unwin, 2009. Gouache and pen on paper, courtesy of the artist.
Mr Chicken first appeared in Hooray for Horrible Harriet in 2005. During a recent trip to Paris, Leigh Hobbs wondered what might happen if Mr Chicken visited Paris.
'In a crummy little notebook I quickly did a few sketches – doodles really – of Mr Chicken in, around and on top of some iconic Paris buildings. At first I planned to have Mr Chicken alone. I later decided to introduce Yvette, his Parisian friend. Together they revel in their friendship, oblivious to the staring adults.'