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Peter Bently

  • 5 stars across 136 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... More

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    29th April 2021

    The King's Birthday Suit

    Incredibly clever and funny - Picture Book Snob Just brilliant - Rascals and Rainbows Young readers wi... More

    (17 reviews)
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    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. ... More

    (13 reviews)
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    28th February 2019

    The Hundred and One Dalmatians: Cruella and Cadpig World Book Day 2019

    Celebrate World Book Day 2019 with this wonderful new picture book, based on the much-loved characters ... More

    (13 reviews)
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    16th September 2021

    Dogs in Disguise

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

    (12 reviews)
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    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... More

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    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... More

    (10 reviews)
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    1st May 2009

    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... More

    (9 reviews)
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    1st April 2010

    The Great Dog Bottom Swap: 10th Anniversary Edition

    The day has arrived for the Dogs' Summer Ball. It's so high class, that each dog must remove their bottom before they ar... More

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    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... More

    (8 reviews)
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