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Peter Bently - Author

About the Author

A World Book Day Author 2019

Peter Bently grew up in an army family and went to ten different schools. He studied languages at Oxford and worked as a journalist and non-fiction book editor before becoming a children's author when his own two children were very small. He is the author of more than sixty books, including The Great Dog Bottom Swap (illustrated by Mei Matsuoka); Cats Ahoy! (illustrated by Jim Field), which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize; and King Jack and the Dragon  (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury), an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Featured books by Peter Bently

A Recipe for Bedtime

A Recipe for Bedtime

3+ readers

Author: Peter Bently Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Other books by Peter Bently

Octopus Shocktopus!

Octopus Shocktopus!

Author: Peter Bently Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2020

When an octopus comes to live on the roof, the children LOVE their new friend; he makes the perfect slide and is fantastic at football! But some of the grown-ups aren't so pleased. Will they drive him away . . . or will they realise just how helpful an octopus can be?

Octopus Shocktopus!

Octopus Shocktopus!

Author: Peter Bently Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2020

When an octopus comes to live on the roof, the children LOVE their new friend; he makes the perfect slide and is fantastic at football! But some of the grown-ups aren't so pleased. Will they drive him away . . . or will they realise just how helpful an octopus can be?

Where the Sea Meets the Sky

Where the Sea Meets the Sky

Author: Peter Bently Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

One brave little sea otter is on a quest to find the place where the sea meets the sky. But however far she travels, home is never far away. Sophie's mum says that no one can reach the horizon, and no one should try. But Sophie reckons it doesn't look that far! She sets off on an exciting journey, meeting all sorts of sea creatures on the way - walruses and whales, lobsters and starfish . . . and someone a little more dangerous . . . A beautiful rhyming underwater adventure, stunningly illustrated by talented debut artist Riko Sekiguchi, winner of the 2018 Carmelite Prize.

Bug Club Shared Reading: That'll Never Work! (Reception)

Bug Club Shared Reading: That'll Never Work! (Reception)

Author: Peter Bently Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

Millie and Billy want to become great inventors, just like Grandma, and her shed is the perfect place for them to work on some really clever ideas! It's filled with materials like rock, wood and metal which they can use to invent just about anything. But will any of their inventions actually work? Highly engaging, illustrated picture book to be read out loud to children aged 4-5 Helps expose your child to rich language and curriculum-linked vocabulary Includes key terms from Science and the topic of everyday materials Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools 'These books are a great start to addressing the wider curriculum and the vocabulary issues that schools are identifying.' - Assistant Head, Primary Academy The Bug Club Shared books are highly engaging, beautifully illustrated stories designed to be read out loud to children. The programme exposes children to rich, curriculum-linked vocabulary, helping to build an understanding across school subjects and cultivate a love for reading.

The Shark in the Dark

The Shark in the Dark

Author: Peter Bently Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Down at the bottom of the deep, dark sea, something big, mean and terribly greedy is stirring. . . It's the shark in the dark! The poor fish in the sea live in fear of the nasty shark. They don't want to be his dinner! Just as the shark is closing in, the fish meet a clever squid, who hatches a plan to teach the shark a lesson once and for all. It involves a shadowy head, a shadowy tail, and a huge amount of teamwork! Can the flustered fish pull it off? The Shark in the Dark is a tremendously funny book written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Ben Cort - with a biting twist!

A Home in the Snow

A Home in the Snow

Author: Peter Bently Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

A beautifully illustrated rhyming story about friendship, with a cosy winter setting. It's a big day for Bramble. It's his birthday! The only trouble is, his woodland friends seem to have forgotten. It's beginning to look like poor Bramble will have to celebrate all alone... But perhaps there's a special surprise in store for him after all! Perfect for fans of Percy the Park Keeper and the Wind in the Willows, A Home in the Snow is just right for sharing together at Christmas time. A heartwarming story from award-winning author Peter Bently; with gorgeous, classic illustrations by Charles Fuge, the creator of the bestselling Little Wombat series.

Princesses Don't Parp

Princesses Don't Parp

Author: Peter Bently Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

The Princess is getting ready for her ball at the palace of Par Ping. She's starting to feel nervous. What happens if she pumps or parps or does bum-blasts or toots, bottom-burps, whizpops or poots? That shouldn't be a problem though, as everyone knows princesses don't pump... A new laugh-out-loud new text from Peter Bently, author of Meet the Parents and Dustbin Dad.

Cats Ahoy!

Cats Ahoy!

Author: Peter Bently Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2019

When Alfonso the cat hears there's a boat coming into harbour carrying its largest ever catch, he hatches a plan. It's brave! It's bold! And it involves a ghost pirate ship, some rather gullible fishermen, and cats ... LOTS of cats. With an infectious rhyming text from Peter Bently and laugh-out-loud illustrations from Jim Field, Cats Ahoy! is set to become a firm favourite for fans of life on the high seas.

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