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.


Jenny McCartney is a successful journalist whose work often features in national newspapers. The Stone Bird is her debut picture book.

Patrick Benson was born in 1956 and educated at Chelsea Art School. He worked in fashion before a chance meeting introduced him to the world of children’s publishing. Patrick has illustrated some of the greatest authors of children’s books including Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo, Mal Peet and Martin Waddell. He also illustrated Fly Fishing by J R Hartley, from the well-known television commercial. Patrick lives and works on his farm in Scotland.


Let your imagination soar with this charming debut book – delightfully illustrated by Patrick Benson

Mail on Sunday

Grave and reflective, it is engagingly illustrated by Patrick Benson


Beautifully illustrated, this is a lyrical picture book celebrating the power of the imagination.


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Evening Echo

Like a breath of fresh sea air… a book that instantly feels timeless, like it’s been here forever, but never feels tiresome in the retelling or re-reading. Lovely.

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