Patrick Benson

  • Hampshire
  • Rosemary Sandberg Ltd


Patrick Benson was born in 1956 and was educated at Eton.

He studied classical drawing in Florence, and continued studying Art at Chelsea Art School and St Martin's School of Art. He worked for a while in the fashion business before embarking on a career as illustrator.

In 1984 he won the Mother Goose Award, given annually to the most promising newcomer in children's book illustration, for his illustration of William Mayne's Hob Stories. He gained further acclaim for illustrating Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell andThe Minpins by Roald Dahl, and has since illustrated many other titles, including The Little Boat by Kathy Henderson and The Sea-Thing Child by Russel Hoban, both shortlisted for a Kate Greenaway Medal. The Little Boat also won the 1995 Kurt Maschler Award. A passionate fly fisherman, Patrick Benson also illustrated Fly Fishing by J R Hartley. In 1990, Benson wrote and illustrated Little Penguin. He is perhaps best known for his illustrations of the republishing of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows in 1994 and William Horwood'sThe Willows at Winter (1993), The Willows and Beyond (1996) and The Willows at Christmas (1999). 

His recent books have included It's a Dog's Life (2007) with Michael Morpurgo, North: The Greatest Animal Journey on Earth (2013) with Nick Dowson, Night Sky Dragons (2014) with Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham, and Soon (2015), a collaboration with the writer Timothy Knapman. 


Snow Leopard: Grey Ghost of the Mountain
The Stone Bird
Night Sky Dragons
North: The Greatest Animal Journey on Earth
Oddly/Joyce Dunbar
It's a Dog's Life
Moby Dick/Herman Melville
Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveller
Mole and the Baby Bird
Squeak's Good Idea
The Sea-Thing Child
The Willows at Christmas
Dipper's Island
The Six Swan Brothers
The Lord Fish
The Last Days of the Wallendas and Other Poems
Let the Lynx Come In
The Willows and Beyond
Toad Triumphant
The Little Boat
The Wind in the Willows
The Court of the Winged Serpent
The Willows in Winter
Owl Babies
JR Hartley Casts Again: More Memories of Angling Days
A Christmas Carol
The MinPins
Fly Fishing: Memories of Angling Days
Little Penguin
Fred the Angel
The Story of Three Whales
Robin Hood
Herbert: Five Stories
The Baron All at Sea: More Adventures of Baron Munchausen
The Baron on the Island of Cheese: More Adventures of Baron Munchausen
The Tough Princess
The Baron Rides Out: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen as He Told Them to Adrian Mitchell
The Red Book of Hob Stories
The Yellow Book of Hob Stories
The Green Book of Hob Stories
The Blue Book of Hob Stories


Kate Greenaway Medal
Kate Greenaway Medal
Kurt Maschler Award
Mother Goose Award