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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

Bunnies on the Bus

Bunnies on the Bus

Author: Philip Ardagh 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 Format: Board book Release Date: 05/03/2020

Who lives on Old MacDonald's farm? Little children can enjoy the familiar rhyme, while having fun spotting all the animals in Ben Mantle's delightful illustrations.

BOOT: The Rusty Rescue Book 2

BOOT: The Rusty Rescue Book 2

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

For fans of Toy Story and Charlie Changes into a Chicken, this is the second 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 an unforgettable tale of resilience and hope. '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? A thrill-ride of an adventure, stuffed with fun, friendship, and a warehouse full of bouncy castles. Have you read the first BOOT story, which was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Book Award?

Bunnies on the Bus

Bunnies on the Bus

Author: Philip Ardagh 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.

Rudey's Windy Christmas

Rudey's Windy Christmas

Author: Helen Baugh Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2019

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!

Dracula Spectacular

Dracula Spectacular

Author: Lucy Rowland 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 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 Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2019

For fans of Toy Story and Charlie Changes into a Chicken, this is a 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 an unforgettable tale of resilience and hope. 'Fast, funny and furious. These are definitely my favourite robots.' Eoin Colfer *Shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Book Award* 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 its 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 . . . Boot is a story that will take you by surprise and make you think about the world around you.

Kiss the Crocodile

Kiss the Crocodile

Author: Sean Taylor Format: Hardback 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.

Kiss the Crocodile

Kiss the Crocodile

Author: Sean Taylor 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 Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2018

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 Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2018

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.

Tom's Magnificent Machines

Tom's Magnificent Machines

Author: Linda Sarah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2018

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.

Five Little Pumpkins

Five Little Pumpkins

Author: Ben Mantle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2017

Roll into Halloween with this wickedly funny rhyming book! Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. The first one said, My, it's getting late! The second one said, There are witches in the air! The third one said, Good folk, beware! Five little pumpkins are sitting quietly on a gate until... night falls and they are joined by a cast of creepy characters - witches, spiders, bats, frogs and ghosts - all determined to cause plenty of Halloween mischief. What a terrific treat!

There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight

There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight

Author: Penny Parker Klostermann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/12/2016

This old dragon is very hungry! And he's not going to stop until he's gulped down almost the entire kingdom, knight's armour and all. But is there any way of escape from a lazy dragon's gut? Perhaps a good belch will help... Penny Parker Klostermann's adventurous play on the classic nursery rhyme, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, is brought to life through Ben Mantle's vivid illustrations. This silly tale is perfect for reading aloud, with rollicking rhymes that will have both children and parents giggling.

The First Christmas

The First Christmas

Author: Susie Linn Format: Novelty book Release Date: 05/09/2016

Fairytale Castle

Fairytale Castle

Author: Susie Linn Format: Novelty book Release Date: 05/09/2016

Giant Jelly Jaws and The Pirates

Giant Jelly Jaws and The Pirates

Author: Helen Baugh Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2016

A rollicking, swashbuckling adventure, full of cheeky humour! From the creators of Rudey's Windy Christmas. Jake, the new cabin boy, isn't brave like the rest of the crew on the pirate ship; he can't even climb the rigging and he still sleeps with a teddy! So how ever will he scare away the enemy pirates who have caught his shipmates, Captain Fish Breath Fred, Snot Nose Ned and Butt Beard Bob? If only Jake could make an ear-splitting noise like the legendary sea monster, Giant Jelly Jaws... Perhaps an extra-fizzy drink might help? A beautifully illustrated, laugh-out-loud rhyming text - perfect for pirate fans!

Giant Jelly Jaws and The Pirates

Giant Jelly Jaws and The Pirates

Author: Helen Baugh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2015

A rollicking, swashbuckling adventure, full of cheeky humour! From the creators of Rudey's Windy Christmas. Jake, the new cabin boy, isn't brave like the rest of the crew on the pirate ship; he can't even climb the rigging and he still sleeps with a teddy! So how ever will he scare away the enemy pirates who have caught his shipmates, Captain Fish Breath Fred, Snot Nose Ned and Butt Beard Bob? If only Jake could make an ear-splitting noise like the legendary sea monster, Giant Jelly Jaws... Perhaps an extra-fizzy drink might help? A beautifully illustrated, laugh-out-loud rhyming text - perfect for pirate fans!

Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Everyone knows the story of farmer Macdonald and the multitude of noisy animals who live on his farm, quacking, mooing and neighing as they go about their business.

Rudey's Windy Christmas

Rudey's Windy Christmas

Author: Helen Baugh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2014

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!

Hug!

Hug!

Author: Ben Mantle Format: Novelty book Release Date: 04/03/2013

Hugs are brilliant! They can be BIG and BOUNCY, wriggly and giggly, or super squashy, squishy and squeezy! A bright and funny book of hugs, to share. With giant magentic flaps that 'hug' the book shut toddlers will love the bright illustrations of mummy and daddy animals giving their baby animals hugs!

Peepo!

Peepo!

Author: Ben Mantle Format: Novelty book Release Date: 04/03/2013

Peepo penguins! Peepo bear! Peepo bunnies in their underwear! Play the classic game of Peepo in this bright and funny book that little ones will love reading again and again! With giant magentic flaps that 'play' Peepo with the bunny on the front cover!

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