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  • Published: 2 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781448188925
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

The Stone Bird

When Eliza finds something special on the beach, her mum says it's a stone, but Eliza knows this isn't a stone. It's an egg.

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.

  • Published: 2 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781448188925
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

About the authors

Jenny McCartney

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

Patrick Benson

Patrick was born in 1956 and educated at Eton, in Florence and at Chelsea Art School. He worked in fashion before a chance meeting with the sister of Sebastian Walker (founder of Walker Books) 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.

Praise for The Stone Bird

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

Mail on Sunday, Best Books of 2017

Grave and reflective, it is engagingly illustrated by Patrick Benson


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

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4Kids, Book of the Month November 2017

Illustrations... evoke summery seashore scenes and frosty winter evenings as the child’s playtime reveries become, for her, real


A wonderful and evocative glimpse into a child's imagination

Early Years Educator

A very appealing story, accompanied by delightfully child-friendly illustrations from Patrick Benson

Newbury Weekly News

Suspend disbelief before floating away with this whimsical tale in which the power of love conquers all doubts

Cork 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.

Read It, Daddy! blog

A magical tale full of wonder and the power of the imagination... A book that celebrates a child’s imagination is one to cheer.

Red Reading Hub

The Stone Bird is a magical tale

Picture Books Blogger

A steadfast, quiet classic

Did You Ever Stop to Think blog

McCartney captures in direct, uncomplicated prose the unwavering faith and abundant imagination of children, even when the adults around them are quick to dole out crushing doses of reason.

The Horn Book Magazine