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Ben Mantle

  • 5 stars across 41 books
    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 illustrated Callum's Incredible Construction Kit for Egmont which won the Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award. He is also the illustrator of Giggle, Giggle What's so Funny? (Campbell) as well as Bigger Digger and Rocket Racers for Random House. The Best Christmas Present Ever! is the sequel to Ben's Macmillan debut, The Best Birthday Present Ever! (winner of the 2016 Dundee Picture Book Award). Ben lives and works in Brighton where every year he holds a Christmas cheese party very aptly called 'Merry Cheesemas'.
    1st August 2019

    The Land of Roar

    The first in a new children's fantasy adventure series, full of imagination, humour and heart, and with echoes of Peter... More

    (37 reviews)
    5th August 2002


    A tiny chimp invokes the universal language, uniting his friends in a group hug to end all group hugs. Just try to r... More

    (16 reviews)
    28th March 2011


    Peepo! is the much-loved picture book classic by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Peepo! is a modern classic that c... More

    (15 reviews)
    20th February 2020

    BOOT: The Rusty Rescue: Book 2

    This is a thrill-ride of an adventure, with illustrations by Ben Mantle bringing Boot's world to life. Fans of T... More

    (12 reviews)
    5th December 2019

    Bunnies on the Bus

    Watch out! Move out of the way! Hold onto your tails! There are ... BUNNIES ON THE BUS! And they aren't stopping for... More

    (11 reviews)
    1st September 2018

    Follow the Track All the Way Back

    Little Train is going out on the track, all by himself, for the very first time! But before he goes, his mummy and dad... More

    (9 reviews)
    25th January 2018

    Little Red Reading Hood

    Whilst leaving footpaths should never be done, Straying from stories is all sorts of fun! Little Red Read... More

    (8 reviews)
    14th May 2019

    BOOT small robot, BIG adventure: Book 1

    *Shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Book Award* This is a thrill-ride of an adventure, with illustrations by Ben Mantle... More

    (8 reviews)
    22nd September 2014

    Rudey's Windy Christmas

    A hilarious story full of noises and naughtiness. A sure-fire Christmas cracker of a book! "Oh, dearie m... More

    (6 reviews)
    1st February 2010

    Treasure Island

    Among the host of dastardly characters meet Long John Silver, ship's cook and charming villain - is he young Jim's best ... More

    (3 reviews)
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    • BOOT: The Rusty Rescue: Book 2

      BOOT: The Rusty Rescue: Book 2

      The second book in the Boot series, The Rusty Rescue, is just wonderful:  an incredibly heart-warming adventure, full of action and humour.

    • Bunnies on the Bus

      Bunnies on the Bus

      It's a simple rhyming story with lots of repetition, which really appealed to my toddler. She was joining in with the refrain on the first reading.

    • The Land of Roar

      The Land of Roar

      by ltfinch

      Very rarely does a book stay in my head for so long. The Land of Roar has caught me and won't let go. I became so invested in this story in an imagina...