The Grotlyn by Benji Davies

The Grotlyn

Written by Benji Davies
Illustrated by Benji Davies

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 Award-winning Benji Davies has created a delightful night-time classic starring his light-fingered creation, the Grotlyn. When Ruby goes to bed the night after she has heard the scary rhyme about a Grotlyn slipping through the house unseen she hears some spooky night noises. Could it be a Grotlyn and what would it be doing? Bravely, Ruby decides to find out and, in doing so, she allays her fears and discovers something joyfully adventurous. Beautiful illustrations by the creator of The Storm Whale bring the story to life. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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The Grotlyn by Benji Davies

I know when the Grotlyn's been Slipping through your house unseen...

What is the mysterious Grotlyn? What sort of creature could it be, scuttling across the town, frightening everyone in its path? And why has it stolen PC Vickers' knickers?!

A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale about things that go bump in the night for ages four and up, from picture book superstar, Benji Davies, winner of Oscar's First Book Prize 2014 and Sainsbury's Children's Book of the Year 2015. Perfect for fans of Oliver Jeffers and Jon Klassen.


Praise for Benji Davies;

Benji Davies (The Storm Whale and Grandad's Island) is fast establishing himself as a leading light in children's picture books - Huffington Post

An author-illustrator destined to be one of this generation's great talents - Huffington Post

Praise for The Storm Whale;

Like the best picture books, The Storm Whale has an outsize emotional force that often comes from what the author-illustrator Benji Davies leaves out - New York Times

Praise for The Storm Whale in Winter;

Intensely atmospheric, full of biting cold, tender detail and warm light, this is a book to cuddle up with - The Guardian

Praise for Grandad's Island;

A gently magical story about bidding farewell to a grandparent, Davies vibrant palette infuses the story with a hopeful spirit - Huffington Post

Benji Davies didn't invent the melancholy sea story, but he sure knows how to deliver one...'Grandad's Island metaphorically and movingly re-imagines the experience of loss - Boston Globe

About the Author

Benji Davies

Benji Davies is an illustrator and animation director. From a young age he was often to be found painting at the kitchen table, a scene which can still be seen to this day. Benji studied animation at university, and has since worked on a diverse array of projects, from picture books and animated short films to music videos, commercials and title sequences. His books have been co-editioned in many languages and countries around the world. The Storm Whale is his first self-penned picture book. He lives in London with his wife Nina.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4 years


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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

22nd March 2018




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