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Ben Mantle - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Ben Mantle studied animation at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, graduating in 2003. He later joined the crew working on Tim Burton’s ‘Corpse Bride’ in 2005. Ben also worked as Head of Animation in a Brighton based studio and his recent titles include Busy Bug Book and the runaway smash in the US Five Little Pumpkins. He has also recently worked on a BAFTA nominated CBeebies website.

Featured books by Ben Mantle

Other books by Ben Mantle

A Hero Called Wolf

A Hero Called Wolf

Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2022

A feel-good, rhyming picture book, with a positive message about being the hero of your own story! Wolf loves reading. There's just one problem. The more he reads, the more he starts to realize something. . . Every book has a hero; the heroes are handsome, tough and strong; and most importantly, the heroes are never, ever wolves. But when a giant comes stomping into the library one day, can Wolf find the courage to speak up? Because maybe heroes don't have to be handsome, tough and strong. Maybe true heroes are kind and brave - just like Wolf! A Hero Called Wolf is an uplifting story set in a magical fairytale world. From Lucy Rowland and Ben Mantle, the creators of Little Red Reading Hood, and The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book.

A Hero Called Wolf

A Hero Called Wolf

Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2022

A feel-good, rhyming picture book, with a positive message about being the hero of your own story! Wolf loves reading. There's just one problem. The more he reads, the more he starts to realize something. . . Every book has a hero; the heroes are handsome, tough and strong; and most importantly, the heroes are never, ever wolves. But when a giant comes stomping into the library one day, can Wolf find the courage to speak up? Because maybe heroes don't have to be handsome, tough and strong. Maybe true heroes are kind and brave - just like Wolf! A Hero Called Wolf is an uplifting story set in a magical fairytale world. From Lucy Rowland and Ben Mantle, the creators of Little Red Reading Hood, and The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book.

Frog vs Toad

Frog vs Toad

Author: Ben Mantle Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2021

A hilarious, light-hearted fable about seeing past our differences. Frog is a frog. And Toad is a toad. They are totally different from each other. So when a fly mistakes Frog and Toad for two FROGS, it's not long before things get a bit fruity... Luckily, a too-close call with a snappy alligator makes Frog and Toad join forces to see that they're not THAT different after all... At heart, a laugh-out-loud journey about togetherness, putting differences aside and realizing that friends don't need to be just like you, but they come in all shapes and sizes!

Frog vs Toad

Frog vs Toad

Author: Ben Mantle Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2021

A hilarious, light-hearted fable about seeing past our differences. Frog is a frog. And Toad is a toad. They are totally different from each other. So when a fly mistakes Frog and Toad for two FROGS, it's not long before things get a bit fruity... Luckily, a too-close call with a snappy alligator makes Frog and Toad join forces to see that they're not THAT different after all... At heart, a laugh-out-loud journey about togetherness, putting differences aside and realizing that friends don't need to be just like you, but they come in all shapes and sizes!

BOOT: The Creaky Creatures Book 3

BOOT: The Creaky Creatures Book 3

Author: Shane Hegarty Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

This is a thrill-ride of an adventure, with illustrations by Ben Mantle bringing Boot's world to life. Fans of Toy Story and Charlie Changes into a Chicken will love this hilarious, warm-hearted story about a small robot on a big adventure: full of fun, friendship, and a large number of malfunctioning robot pets. 'Fast, funny and furious. These are definitely my favourite robots.' Eoin Colfer Boot was once a toy robot, but it has come a long way since it was scrapped and woke back up with only two-and-a-half glitchy memories. When Boot catches sight of a robot pet it used to know - Mr Piggles - our hero and pals follow it to a beautiful green square in the city of skyscrapers. Here they find not just real nature, but also a haven for broken and rejected pets. They also meet the children who look after the pets, and for whom this green space is a sanctuary too. But Boot is distracted by its emotions, swinging from happy to sad ... maybe Boot is broken? Can it work out what is wrong, with the help of its friends? Illustrated throughout in glorious black and white by the award-winning Ben Mantle, this is an unforgettable tale of resilience and hope. Read more of Boot's adventures - shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Book Award - including Boot: small robot, BIG adventure and The Rusty Rescue.

The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book

The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book

Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

A wonderfully witty take on a much-loved fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book celebrates the magic of reading and storytelling, and being kind to others. When Ben's mum gets distracted halfway through his bedtime story, he decides to finish the tale himself. There's only one problem - he can't quite read yet. To Ben's surprise, the three little pigs come knocking on the door, and the big bad wolf isn't far behind ... But this time, will the story have a different ending? A playful rhyming story by Lucy Rowland, with hilarious illustrations from Ben Mantle.

BOOT: The Creaky Creatures Book 3

BOOT: The Creaky Creatures Book 3

Author: Shane Hegarty Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

For fans of Toy Story and Charlie Changes into a Chicken, this is the third hilarious, warm-hearted story about a small robot on a big adventure. With illustrations by Ben Mantle bringing Boot's world to life, this is a thrill-ride of an adventure story, stuffed with fun, friendship, and a large number of malfunctioning robot pets. 'Fast, funny and furious. These are definitely my favourite robots.' Eoin Colfer Boot was once a toy robot, but it has come a long way since it was scrapped and woke back up with only two-and-a-half glitchy memories. When Boot catches sight of a robot pet it used to know - Mr Piggles - our hero and pals follow it to a beautiful green square in the city of skyscrapers. Here they find not just real nature, but also a haven for broken and rejected pets. They also meet the children who look after the pets, and for whom this green space is a sanctuary too. But Boot is distracted by its emotions, swinging from happy to sad ... maybe Boot is broken? Can it work out what is wrong, with the help of its friends? Illustrated throughout in glorious black and white by the award-winning Ben Mantle, this is an unforgettable tale of resilience and hope. Have you read the first BOOT story, shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Book Award?

King of the Swamp

King of the Swamp

Author: Catherine Emmett Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2020

From a brand-new picture book duo, this is a striking and unique story perfect for little people interested in climate awareness and looking after nature. McDarkly lives quietly all on his own, growing orchids in his dank swamp, until one day his peace is disturbed by an arrogant king who wants to turn the swamp into a roller-skate park. McDarkly has ten days to prove that the swamp isn't damp and dark, but an enchanted world. Can he do it, or will he risk losing his home forever?

Return to Roar

Return to Roar

Author: Jenny McLachlan Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

The magical new book in the bestselling middle-grade fantasy adventure series, The Land of Roar. A series that celebrates the power of imagination and finding the greatest adventures in the most ordinary of places - perfect for children aged 8, 9, 10 and upwards, and fans of Narnia, Jumanji and How to Train Your Dragon. Featuring breathtaking illustrations throughout by Ben Mantle and stunning fold-out cover artwork. Twins Arthur and Rose can't wait to go back to Roar, the fantasy world they get to through their grandad's attic. Roar is a land of dragons, mermaids, unicorns, ninja wizards and where anything they can imagine can be real. But when they return there's no time for exploring, because a message arrives from their scarecrow enemy, Crowky. WHAT'S IN THE BOX? The Box would always contain the things that scared the twins most - and if Crowky gets hold of it, Roar could be in more danger than ever. Soon they find themselves on another thrilling adventure, accompanied by old friends and new faces and seeing parts of Roar they'd almost forgotten. But will they get to the box before Crowky does? And if it opens, what will they see? Praise for The Land of Roar: 'This funny, captivating story is filled with the painful pangs of growing up and the transporting qualities of imagination' Guardian Jenny McLachlan is the author of several acclaimed teen novels including Flirty Dancing, Stargazing for Beginners and Truly, Wildly, Deeply. Before Jenny became a writer, she was Head of English in a secondary school; she now loves visiting schools as an author and delivering funny and inspiring talks and workshops. When Jenny isn't thinking about stories or writing stories, she enjoys living by the seaside, cycling and running over the South Downs. The Land of Roar series is Jenny's middle-grade debut. Ben Mantle began his illustration career early, picking up his first award in a local library colouring-in competition aged seven. He went on to study Animation at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design before working as an animator. Ben has illustrated a number of children's books including Rudey's Windy Christmas (HarperCollins) and Callum's Incredible Construction Kit (Egmont) which won the 2013 Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award. He is also the creator of the award-winning The Best Birthday Present Ever! and The Best Christmas Present Ever! published by Macmillan Children's Books. Ben lives and works in Brighton.

Bunnies on the Bus

Bunnies on the Bus

Author: Philip Ardagh Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Watch out! Move out of the way! Hold onto your tails! There are ... BUNNIES ON THE BUS! And they aren't stopping for ANYONE! The bunnies have taken over the bus and they're on a wild ride across the streets of Sunnytown! They whizz past the bus stop, swerve around corners and zoom over crossings on a non-stop roller coaster adventure! There are bunnies on the roof! Bunnies in the aisle! DO sit down, bunnies, or you'll end up in a pile! Eventually, they come to a stop ... at the train station. And what's that they've spotted? A TRAIN! Uh-oh, here we go again... A hilarious romp of a book, with a fantastic read-aloud rhyming text and spectacular illustrations.

Old MacDonald had a farm

Old MacDonald had a farm

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Board book Release Date: 05/03/2020

Welcome to the farm! Join Old Macdonald as he visits his animals in this lively edition of the well-loved rhyme, with entertaining illustrations by Ben Mantle throughout. Includes a QR code to scan to listen or sing along to the tune.

BOOT: The Rusty Rescue Book 2

BOOT: The Rusty Rescue Book 2

Author: Shane Hegarty Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2020

This is a thrill-ride of an adventure, with illustrations by Ben Mantle bringing Boot's world to life. Fans of Toy Story and Charlie Changes into a Chicken will love this hilarious, warm-hearted story about a small robot on a big adventure, full of fun, friendship and a warehouse full of bouncy castles. 'Fast, funny and furious. These are definitely my favourite robots.' Eoin Colfer Toy robot Boot has come a long way since it woke up in a scrapyard with only two and a half glitchy memories. It has a home with its robot pals in an abandoned amusement arcade, and has discovered what true happiness is - although it's still not sure why humans are so leaky and weird ... But when Boot and the gang stumble upon Rusty, an old, broken robot, forgotten in the back of a testing lab, it's time to spring into action. Boot knows there's something special about Rusty - but can they free the old robot and help it find its purpose? Illustrated throughout in glorious black and white by the award-winning Ben Mantle, this is an unforgettable tale of resilience and hope. Read more of Boot's adventures - shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Book Award - including Boot: small robot: BIG adventure and The Creaky Creatures.

Bunnies on the Bus

Bunnies on the Bus

Author: Philip Ardagh Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/12/2019

Watch out! Move out of the way! Hold onto your tails! There are ... BUNNIES ON THE BUS! And they aren't stopping for ANYONE! The bunnies have taken over the bus and they're on a wild ride across the streets of Sunnytown! They whizz past the bus stop, swerve around corners and zoom over crossings on a non-stop roller coaster adventure! There are bunnies on the roof! Bunnies in the aisle! DO sit down, bunnies, or you'll end up in a pile! Eventually, they come to a stop ... at the train station. And what's that they've spotted? A TRAIN! Uh-oh, here we go again... A hilarious romp of a book, with a fantastic read-aloud rhyming text and spectacular illustrations.

Dracula Spectacular

Dracula Spectacular

Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

It's tough being a vampire when you're more giggles and glitter than beastly and bitter. But will Dracula Boy dare to follow his heart and live life in technicolour? Full of spooks and sparkles, Dracula Spectacular is a heart-warming story about learning to be brave, kind and above all, proud to be yourself. A sensational picture book, written in bouncy rhyme by Lucy Rowland and illustrated with wit and warmth by Ben Mantle, the creative duo behind Little Red Reading Hood. Perfect for bedtime reading!

Dracula Spectacular

Dracula Spectacular

Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2019

It's tough being a vampire when you're more giggles and glitter than beastly and bitter. But will Dracula Boy dare to follow his heart and live life in technicolour? Full of spooks and sparkles, Dracula Spectacular is a heart-warming story about learning to be brave, kind and above all, proud to be yourself. A sensational picture book, written in bouncy rhyme by Lucy Rowland and illustrated with wit and warmth by Ben Mantle, the creative duo behind Little Red Reading Hood. Perfect for bedtime reading!

BOOT small robot, BIG adventure Book 1

BOOT small robot, BIG adventure Book 1

Author: Shane Hegarty Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2019

*Shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Book Award* This is a thrill-ride of an adventure, with illustrations by Ben Mantle bringing Boot's world to life. Fans of Toy Story and Charlie Changes into a Chicken will love this hilarious, warm-hearted story about a small robot on a big adventure: full of fun, friendship ... and Boot's quest to find out why humans are so leaky and weird. 'Fast, funny and furious. These are definitely my favourite robots.' Eoin Colfer When toy robot, Boot, wakes up at a scrapyard, it has no idea how it got there and why it isn't with its owner, Beth. It only has two and a half glitchy memories, but it knows it was loved, which means something important to humans. Boot soon realises its emotions make it different to other robots, who just function and don't think. Boot is scared but tries to be brave, which is hard when its screen keeps showing a wobbly, worried face. Luckily Boot meets Noke and Red - other 'advanced' robots who have learned to survive in secret. With new friends by its side, Boot is determined to find Beth and the gang set off on a dangerous adventure. Everything Boot thought it knew about the world is changing, and things aren't as simple as it remembers . . . Illustrated throughout in glorious black and white by the award-winning Ben Mantle, this is an unforgettable tale of resilience and hope. It will take you by surprise and make you think about the world around you. Read more of Boot's adventures in The Rusty Rescue and The Creaky Creatures!

Kiss the Crocodile

Kiss the Crocodile

Author: Sean Taylor Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

A story which introduces a brand-new GAME ... a game all little monkeys, tortoises and anteaters will want to play! Down in the jungle, three best friends - Monkey, Tortoise and Anteater - are playing silly games together. After Stick Splash, Scary Monsters and Silly Dancing, they spy Little Crocodile and his big crocodile mum in the swamp. Do they want to play a new game, Little Crocodile asks ... a DARING game. KISS THE CROCODILE! Who will be brave enough to steal a peck from the 'sleeping' croc, with his big tail, pointy teeth and sharp claws? MWAH! Brimming over with the thrill of friendship and play, this hilarious new story from the author of Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise demands to be re-enacted, and is the perfect match for the animated, visually-rich artwork of Ben Mantle, illustrator of Follow the Track All the Way Back.

Follow the Track All the Way Back

Follow the Track All the Way Back

Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Little Train is going out on the track, all by himself, for the very first time! But before he goes, his mummy and daddy remind him: When it's time to come home, no matter how far you are, just follow the track all the way back, where we'll be waiting. So Little Train heads off into the unknown with a clickety-clack... But, when night falls and the track runs out, will he remember what to do? Taking its place beside the classic The Little Engine That Could, young readers will share Little Train's trepidation and excitement in this uplifting and extraordinary read-aloud adventure, and rejoice in the gorgeously atmospheric artwork of illustrator Ben Mantle.

Tom's Magnificent Machines

Tom's Magnificent Machines

Author: Linda Sarah Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

A magical, captivating picture book about the power of love between a son and his father Tom and his dad are good at making things. Their inventions start out simple, but they quickly become bigger, faster, crazier - and they almost always involve wheels. But then Dad loses his job, and everything changes. Sadness clouds the house like a winter sky. That is, until Tom comes up with a brilliant plan that takes their amazing vehicle inventions and creates something astounding - something the world has never seen before . . . An emotionally charged and highly imaginative book that explores themes of love and support between children and their parents but is also great fun, with incredible inventions, crazy contraptions and a wonderfully inspiring pioneering spirit at its heart.

A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale

A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale

Author: Penny Parker Klostermann Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2017

Old MacDonald had a Farm

Old MacDonald had a Farm

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

A beautifully illustrated, paperback picture book edition of this well-known and much-loved sing-a-long story. The story of farmer Macdonald and the multitude of noisy animals who live on his farm, quacking, mooing and neighing all day long! Perfect for young children who can follow the story as it is read and join in for the E-I-E-I-O.

Rudey's Windy Christmas

Rudey's Windy Christmas

Author: Helen Baugh Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

A hilarious story full of noises and naughtiness. A sure-fire Christmas cracker of a book! Oh, dearie me! said Rudey. Now I've done a windy pop! This is a bit embarrassing. I'll do my best to stop. Rudey has eaten too many sprouts and the explosive effect is smelt all around the world as he Santa delivery presents on Christmas Eve... The other reindeer have laughed so much, they're out of puff. How ever will they get the sleigh back home? A naughty, noisy, rip-roaring story, full of hilarious phrases that children will love!

The Deep Dark Woods

The Deep Dark Woods

Author: Conrad Mason Illustrator: Ben Mantle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2011

'Beware, beware the deep dark woods.' But Jack doesn't listen... how will he ever get home? Part of the award-winning Usborne Very First Reading series specially developed in consultation with literacy experts to help children learn to read. Designed for a child to read together with an adult, allowing the child to gradually take a greater share of the story in each book to achieve confident, independent reading. Features superb illustrations to accompany the rhyming story. Followed by fun puzzles to test comprehension and provide further practice. Includes guidance notes for parents and teachers, with further extensive support on the Usborne Quicklinks Website.

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