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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

Futuristic Fairy Tales: Goldilocks in Space

Futuristic Fairy Tales: Goldilocks in Space

Author: Peter Bently Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Captain Goldilocks is on a mission to find a new planet that's just as good as Earth! But everywhere she lands is too cold or too hot, too slimy or too scary, too wobbly or too full-of-aliens. Will she ever find a planet that's just right? An interstellar adventure with a timely environmental messgage from award-winning author Peter Bently. Goldilocks in Space is the first in a new series of futuristic fairy tales, set in outer space. Featuring favourite fairy tale characters as super-cool astronauts leading their own missions and learning about cosmology along the way, this book is a must for little space fans!

Rich Witch, Poor Witch

Rich Witch, Poor Witch

Author: Peter Bently Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

You don't need a wand to work magic! Witch sisters Rita and Rose couldn't be more different. Witch Rose is poor, and helps others for free, whereas Rita is rich and charges clients huge fees. But when the princess Anna Lucinda Cecilia Grace is too glum to even smile, Witch Rita tries everything from exquisite tiaras and fabulous frocks to conjuring a pet dragon to cheer up the princess, with no success. Just as Witch Rita looks set to lose her fee, Witch Rose arrives at the palace. Will she be able to get the princess to smile? Rich Witch, Poor Witch is a fantastically funny fairytale from the winners of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Peter Bently and Jim Field.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang An illustrated children's classic

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang An illustrated children's classic

Author: Peter Bently Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2020

Dad started the engine. It made two loud sneezes - CHITTY! CHITTY! - and two small explosions - BANG! BANG! - and thundered into life! Join Jemima and Jeremy on a madcap adventure in the world's most famous flying car! A stunningly illustrated picture-book retelling of Ian Fleming's timeless classic - a must for every child's bookshelf! Stunning illustrations throughout bring this classic tale to life for the youngest of fans. Retold by the much-loved children's author Peter Bently and beautifully illustrated by picture book star Steve Antony, the creator of Mr Panda.

Where the Sea Meets the Sky

Where the Sea Meets the Sky

Author: Peter Bently Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2020

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.

Octopus Shocktopus!

Octopus Shocktopus!

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

A brilliantly bonkers story about an octopus who lives on the roof, by two award-winning and bestselling picture book creators. When a giant octopus arrives, 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? A warm and witty rhyming story about welcoming newcomers. Sunglasses at the ready - this book has zingy fluorescent ink on the cover and inside illustrations. Peter Bently has won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and his book with Helen Oxenbury, King Jack and the Dragon, was named an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. Steven Lenton is the illustrator of the Shifty McGifty series by Tracey Corderoy, and also illustrates books by David Baddiel and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. His books have won awards such as the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and have been selected for the WHSmith's Children's Book of the Year and Tom Fletcher Book Club. Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free Stories Aloud audio recording. Just scan the QR code and listen along!

Where the Sea Meets the Sky

Where the Sea Meets the Sky

Author: Peter Bently Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2020

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: 30/04/2020

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 Ideal for reading aloud at home with your child 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.

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