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Benji Davies

  • 5 stars across 15 books
Benji Davies Biography
Benji Davies is an illustrator, author and animation director best known for illustrating the Bizzy Bear series of books. The first picture book he wrote was The Storm Whale which won the Oscar’s Book Prize and was Dutch Picture Book Of The Year 2017. His second, Grandad’s Island, won the children’s book category of the AOI World Illustration Awards 2015 and was crowned Best Picture Book and overall Children’s Book of the Year at the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards 2015.

He has always loved drawing, and seeing his work in print is a childhood ambition fulfilled. Benji studied animation at university, and has since worked on a range of projects from picture books and animated short films to music videos, commercials and title sequences. His books have been translated into many languages and sold around the world.

He lives in east London with his wife and daughter.

Our favourite Benji Davies Book Characters
Jack - from the Giant of Jum
Noi - from The Storm Whale
Bizzy - from the Bizzy Bear series
15th August 2013

The Storm Whale

The stunning bestseller by Benji Davies, winner of the inaugural Oscar's First Book Prize. Noi and his father live in a ... MoreThe Storm Whale

(32 reviews) Review
22nd September 2016

The Storm Whale in Winter

A follow-up to the best-selling The Storm Whale, winner of the 2014 inaugural Oscar's First Book Prize in association wi... MoreThe Storm Whale in Winter

(27 reviews) Review
9th January 2020


Sometimes the biggest stories come from the smallest beginnings…Winner of the 2020 Oscar’s Book Prize! Meet Ta... MoreTad

(25 reviews) Review
2nd July 2015

Grandad's Island

After the phenomenal success of The Storm Whale and On Sudden Hill, this new book by Benji Davies deals with the emotion... MoreGrandad's Island

(23 reviews) Review
15th October 2020

The Snowflake

An enchanting and timeless winter tale from one of today's most celebrated picture book stars. ... MoreThe Snowflake

(23 reviews) Review
18th October 2018

Grandma Bird

A tender and heart-warming story about the growing relationship between a boy and his grandmother, set in the world of T... MoreGrandma Bird

(20 reviews) Review
7th September 2017

The Grotlyn

A stunningly illustrated picture book full of mystery and suspense, from the bestselling author of THE STORM WHALE and... MoreThe Grotlyn

(15 reviews) Review
12th October 2023

The Great Storm Whale

The story of a girl, a whale and a friendship that will echo down the generations, from best-selling, award-winning pict... MoreThe Great Storm Whale

(2 reviews) Review
30th April 2004

On the Moon

Combining full-colour illustrations with NASA photographs from the surface of the moon, this illustrated picture book ta... MoreOn the Moon

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21st July 2011

Bizzy Bear: Let's Get to Work!

Introducing Bizzy Bear, the busiest bear on the block! With chunky sliders to push and pull, these robust little board b... MoreBizzy Bear: Let's Get to Work!

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