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Patrick Benson - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Patrick was born in 1956 and educated at Eton, in Florence, where he studied classical drawing, and at Chelsea Art School. He worked in the fashion business before a chance meeting with the sister of Sebastian Walker (founder of Walker Books) introduced him to the company. Patrick has illustrated for a wide range of authors including Martin Waddell and Roald Dahl, and he also illustrated Fly Fishing by J. R. Hartley, from the well-known television commercial.

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Other books by Patrick Benson

Snow Leopard: Grey Ghost of the Mountain

Snow Leopard: Grey Ghost of the Mountain

Author: Justin Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

A spellbinding new Nature Storybook about one of the most beautiful creatures in the world, with words by Planet Earth producer Justin Anderson and pictures by award-winning Patrick Benson. Something moves in the rocks ahead. My hands start to tremble. My heart is beating fast. There, just a few footsteps away, is a snow leopard... Join us on a journey high into the snowy peaks of the Himalaya, and discover the secret world of a rare and utterly majestic creature - how it has adapted to the harsh environment it lives in and how it looks after its young. Complete with an index and a conservation note, this is a wonderful addition to the series and the debut of an exciting new voice in non-fiction writing for children.

The Stone Bird

The Stone Bird

Author: Jenny McCartney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

It might look like a pebble from the beach, but Eliza knows this is an egg. And one night when she hears cracking, she discovers the Stone Bird. It might still look like a stone to her mum, but Eliza knows it's alive. Step into the magical world of one child's imagination in this stunning debut by exciting new author Jenny McCartney, illustrated by luminary of children's books Patrick Benson.

Night Sky Dragons

Night Sky Dragons

Author: Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2014

Let the creators of Cloud Tea Monkeys take you back to medieval Mongolia in this captivating story gem about family, danger, banditry and kite-flying. From Owl Babies illustrator, Patrick Benson, and from the creators of the Kate Greenaway shortlisted Cloud Tea Monkeys, comes a captivating story set in medieval Mongolia - a story of family, danger, banditry and kite-flying. Set at a caravanserai along the Silk Road, Night Sky Dragons is the tale of Yazul, a young boy who spends most of his time with his grandfather in his workshop, making kites. More than anything, Yazul wants the approval of his father, the lord of the han, but his love of kite-making only ever seems to cause disappointment: Travel and trade are what matters, his father says. One day, the han becomes surrounded by a group of bandits. Everyone becomes trapped within the walls of the han and with the bandits waiting them out, food becomes scarce and spirits rapidly fall. However, Yazul has an idea... With the help of his grandfather he might just be able to scare the bandits away and save the han!

North The Greatest Animal Journey on Earth

North The Greatest Animal Journey on Earth

Author: Nick Dowson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

A passionate nature lover and a renowned artist trace the awe-inspiring spring migration of millions of creatures to the Arctic - the greatest journey on Earth. This is a book full of creatures: birds, fish and mammals. They are all embarking on one long, intense journey that will take them across oceans and continents, for thousands of miles - braving predators, starvation and extreme weather conditions - to reach the very top of the world. Each spring, animals migrate north to spend their summer in the snow-melt Arctic. In this season, the sun rarely sets and so millions of animals - of over 200 species - are drawn by the rich food sources and safe breeding grounds. This adventure is the largest, most extraordinary migration in nature; it is beautifully captured in Nick Dowson's lyrical narrative and Patrick Benson's stunning illustrations.

Ulchabhain Oga (Owl Babies)

Ulchabhain Oga (Owl Babies)

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

A beautifully translated Irish language edition of the perennial best seller Owl Babies. An ideal first foray into Gaeilge for the very young! Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait... Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return. But, at last, she does and they bounce up and down with joy, welcoming her home. This stunning title reassures little children that Mommy will always come home.

Shadow!

Shadow!

Author: Robie H. Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2012

Robie H. Harris walks in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, Frank Sinatra and Peter Pan, exploring the fascinating subject of a childs own shadow. What is it? Why does it change size? What happens if you wave, jump or hid behind a tree? And why does it have tto go away, just when you start to have fun? Respected and admired on both sides of the atlantic, Robie and Patrick have produced a book that cleverly captures a magical moment when a child discovers something new.

Shadow!

Shadow!

Author: Robie H. Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

Robie H. Harris walks in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, Frank Sinatra and Peter Pan, exploring the fascinating subject of a childs own shadow. What is it? Why does it change size? What happens if you wave, jump or hid behind a tree? And why does it have tto go away, just when you start to have fun? Respected and admired on both sides of the atlantic, Robie and Patrick have produced a book that cleverly captures a magical moment when a child discovers something new.

Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/06/2009

Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson's classic, reassuring tale of three loveable little owls home alone is brought to life with an animated DVD! A beautiful book and DVD edition of a bestselling modern classic, this is the story of three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, who wake one night to find their mother gone. And as the darkness gathers and they perch patiently on their branch waiting for her return, oh how they worry! What are those scary noises all around them? What is mum doing? When will she be back? Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mum been so sensitively told or so beautifully rendered as in this tale from picture book masters, Patrick Benson and Martin Waddell. Children will love snuggling up to watch the animated version of this charming tale from the acclaimed King Rollo Films - accompanied by specially composed music and narrated by Emilia Fox - and following all the action in the book. Please note this DVD is Region 2 PAL.

The Minpins

The Minpins

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2008

Little Billy doesn't really believe there are monsters in the wood, but the red-hot smoke-belching gruncher is real enough, and so are the tiny minpins, whose minature world is in danger.

The Minpins

The Minpins

Author: Roald Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2004

Little Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactgly what he does. There he meets the Minpins: miniature people who live int he hollow trees. They soon warn Little Billy of the fearsome, galloping Gruncher, who has grunched thousands of Minpins. And it will gobble up Little Billy too - uness he can find a way to defeat the hungry beast, once and for all... Listen to THE MINPINS (with THE MAGIC FINGER) and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits. Look out for the whole collection of wondercrump Roald Dahl books! The Enormous Crocodile; Fantastic Mr Fox; The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me; The Magic finger; The Twits; The BFP; Boy: Tales of Childhood; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator; The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka; Danny the Champion of the World; George's Marvellous Medicine; Going Solo; James and the Giant Peach; Matilda; The Witches; Dirty Beasts; The Minpins; Revolting Rhymes For Teens: The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories; Rhyme Stew; Skin and Other Stories; The Vicar of Nibbleswicke; The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

Christopher Mouse The Tale of a Small Traveller

Christopher Mouse The Tale of a Small Traveller

Author: William Wise Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2004

Christopher Mouse is the charming, timeless tale of a white mouse who, in the course of being bought, sold, and traded by good children, bad children and some in between, manages to escape through a museum and finally finds his way to a happy home. Along the way he becomes something of a poet, and as endearing an animal as any child could wish for.

The Sea-Thing Child

The Sea-Thing Child

Author: Russell Hoban Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2000

One stormy night the sea-thing child, a draggled heap of scales and feathers, is flung up on the beach. Afraid of the wild waves and the storm skies, he meets a fiddler crab with no bow and together they avoid facing their fears. Finally, though, he finds his star, his courage and his ocean self.

Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/1998

A big book edition of Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson's classic, reassuring tale of three loveable little owls home alone. A beautiful big book edition of a bestselling modern classic - perfect for sharing in the classroom - this is the story of three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, who wake one night to find their mother gone. And as the darkness gathers and they perch patiently on their branch waiting for her return, oh how they worry! What are those scary noises all around them? What is mum doing? When will she be back? Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mum been so sensitively told or so beautifully rendered as in this tale from picture book masters, Patrick Benson and Martin Waddell.

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/1995

The tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. When Mole goes boating with the Water Rat instead of spring-cleaning, he discovers a new world. As well as the river and the Wild Wood, there is Toad's craze for fast travel which leads him and his friends on a whirl of trains, barges, gipsy caravans and motor cars and even into battle.

Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/1994

A gentle tale of three baby owls reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. A gentle tale of three baby owls reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait... Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return. But, at last, she does and they bounce up and down with joy, welcoming her home.

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