Benjamin Leroy

© Johannes Vande Voorde
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Benjamin Leroy

1980, Neerpelt. Illustrator. Inspired by coincidence.
After graduating from PXL University College in 2003, Leroy started working as an illustrator. He debuted in 2004 with illustrations for a new edition of Ed Franck’s classic work, Met de kont tegen de krib (Digging your heels in). He also created illustrations for non-fiction works for children, magazines, calendars, wedding invitations and theatre playbills. His work is characterised by a mix of emotion, humour and absurdity. Together with Jaap Robben, he created the collection of poems Zullen we een bos beginnen? (Shall We Start A Forest?), which was nominated for the Golden Owl prize in 2008.  This fruitful collaboration later resulted in a second collection of poems, Als iemand ooit mijn botjes vindt (If Anyone Finds My Bones) and in the unique illustrated novel, De Zuurtjes (The Sourballs) (2010). In 2016, the first two parts of their new series for toddlers appeared, Suzie Ruzie.

Leroy enjoys applying several layers in creating his drawings so that readers can continue to discover new elements even in the tiniest corners of his work. He uses every object you might find on a drafting table. The books he has collaborated on have been translated into Afrikaans, German, Italian and other languages.


  Translations   Mixtvision Verlag   De Eenhoorn

Recently translated into German

The island behind the horizon
Mixtvision Verlag, 2014
Translated by Birgit Erdmann
Original title: Het eiland achter de horizon (De Eenhoorn, 2012)
German title:  Auf ins Schlaraffenland

The monkeys are arguing. There isn’t anything else to do on Monkey-island. There is no food left. One day a pack of birds flies over the island. The oldest monkey believes that the birds come from the island behind the horizon, where there is plenty of food. Little Monkey is the only one who dares to go and look for the new island. He rows off with a little boat…

Playful story about a bunch of arguing and greedy monkeys.