Ben had a very early interest in all things artistic, designing covers for print for school productions and even coming first in his local library colouring-in competition. Ben went on to study animation at Surrey Institute of Art & Design, graduating in 2003. Now working exclusively as an author/illustrator, Ben is based in Brighton.
September 2014 celebrated the publication of the first of Ben’s three yuletide themed picture books, published by Harper Collins. Naughty, noisy, rip-roaring stories, full of hilarious phrases that children will love, these titles set the tone for one arm of Ben’s publishing career. On another list, Ben has developed an atmospheric, emotional style for a series of two books with Chronicle and he has continued to build a strong, award-winning publishing portfolio with Macmillan.
Ben has a further title with Random House USA and a 2 book deal with Simon and Schuster in the UK.
The Best Christmas Present Ever!
The Steam Train
There Was an Old Dragon
(Random House USA)
The Best Birthday Present Ever!
Rudey's Windy Christmas
Callum's Incredible Construction Kit
Five Little Pumpkins
Mumsnet Book of the Month August 2015 (Best Birthday Present Ever!)
Winner, Bishop Stortford Best Picture Book 2013 (Callum's Incredible Construction Kit)
Red House Children's Book Award Pick of the Year 2014 (Callum's Incredible Construction Kit)
Gold, Independent Publisher NYC 2014 (Callum's Incredible Construction Kit)
Callum's Incredible Construction Kit - "A wonderful book that will inspire young creators and fascinate kids with its cleverly detailed illustrations" - BRIGHTSTAR BEDTIME STORIES
Five Little Pumpkins - “The rhyme itself coupled with vivid illustrations make this a great seasonal read for very young readers.” Goodreads
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