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Peter Bently

  • 5 stars across 144 books
Peter Bently is the award-winning author of around seventy books for young children. He grew up in an army family and went to ten schools as far apart as Devon, Germany and Hong Kong. Both his parents told him bedtime stories (like the one about Mowberley, the boy who tunnelled to Australia) and he still believes this is crucial in developing a child's imagination and creativity. Over the years, Peter has been a journalist and a non-fiction book editor, but writing stories for children is the job he has enjoyed the most. They are often in rhyme, and often (he hopes) funny. His numerous books include King Jack and the Dragon (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, as well as being an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year); Cats Ahoy! (illustrated by Jim Field and winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize); and cult classic The Great Dog Bottom Swap (illustrated by Mei Matsuoka). Peter has two children and lives in London with his wife Lucy and daughter Tara.
2nd July 2020

Octopus Shocktopus!

A brilliantly bonkers story about an octopus who lives on the roof, by two award-winning and bestselling picture book cr... MoreOctopus Shocktopus!

(36 reviews) Review
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The King's Birthday Suit

Incredibly clever and funny - Picture Book Snob Just brilliant - Rascals and Rainbows Young readers will love this hilar... MoreThe King's Birthday Suit

(17 reviews) Review
16th September 2021

Dogs in Disguise

An exciting new collaboration between the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author Peter Bently and the incredibly talent... MoreDogs in Disguise

(16 reviews) Review
21st September 2017

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

A special 32 page picture book adaptation of Dodie Smith’s much-loved classic story, perfect for toddlers. When Missis... MoreThe Hundred and One Dalmatians

(13 reviews) Review
5th August 2011

Cats Ahoy!

When Alfonso the cat hears there's a boat coming into harbour carrying its largest ever catch, he hatches a plan. It's... MoreCats Ahoy!

(11 reviews) Review
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The Shark in the Dark

Will the flustered fish become saltwater snacks, or can they come up with a plan to teach the mean, greedy shark a les... MoreThe Shark in the Dark

(10 reviews) Review
6th June 2013

Dustbin Dad

Do you leave food on your plate at mealtimes? If you do, beware, it could lead to all sorts of trouble . . . The dad in ... MoreDustbin Dad

(10 reviews) Review
7th June 2012

The Yoga Ogre

Ogden the Ogre was worried one night. "My jim-jams have grown far too short and too tight! How has my tum got so ter... MoreThe Yoga Ogre

(10 reviews) Review
1st October 2020

Goldilocks in Space

Captain Goldilocks is on a mission to find a new planet that's just as good as Earth! But everywhere she lands is t... MoreGoldilocks in Space

(10 reviews) Review
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