Turn The Page a great success!

The very first Turn the Page children’s book festival was a terrific success. Around 500 tickets were sold for the six events featuring me, Matt Harvey, 2015 Carnegie winner Tanya Landman,  Rebecca Cobb, Simon James and Tom McLaughlin. My first event, based on THE PRINCE AND THE PORKER, saw the unexpected arrival of Dame Alice, the Prince’s dragon of an Aunt…

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The Prince and the Porker

Out now! Porky imposter on the loose!

Pignatius the pie-loving pig causes porcine pandemonium when he slips into the palace and dresses in princely garb. The Prince and the Porker is my second book with the magnificent David Roberts and is published by Andersen Press. Here’s a tasty trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag3ocAhYNSk

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KNIGHTMARE Book 6: A Dog’s Life!

Out Now! KNIGHTMARE 6: A Dog's Life!

A Dog’s Life! is book 6 in my Knightmare fiction series for ages 6+, published by Stripes. Sir Percy has to guard a top-secret catapult for the king and he puts Cedric, his put-upon squire, in charge of security. Which includes training the world’s most hopeless guard dog…


Welcome to my website!

With my daughter Tara

Hello! Welcome to my website. Here you can find out about me and my books. If you want to learn a bit about my background and how I became a children’s author, that’s in the ABOUT section. To see any of my books, click on the BOOKS section at the top of the page, or on one of the RECENT BOOKS on the right. One day before too long you should be able to find all of my children’s books there.

On this site you can also find out about any book events or visits I will be doing in the near future, and how to get in touch if you would like me to come to your own book event or visit your school, library or bookshop.

I shall be regularly adding new things to the site, such as new books that are coming out and events I will be appearing at, and you are very welcome to contact me if you have any ideas for anything you’d like to see. No, that doesn’t include a picture of me standing on my head in a giant bowl of custard dressed as a purple chicken. I accidentally deleted that photo from my camera. To make up for it, here is a picture of me in my pram with a poodle. It was taken in 1961 by a man called Reg, who was married to Vera, who was the sister of Gladys, who was my step-grandmother. I was about six months old.

Peter Bently in his pram with a poodle

Peter and poodle

Looking at my face in the picture, I’m not sure how thrilled I was to find a whopping great pooch in my pram. It was, after all, bigger than me. But clearly it didn’t put me off dogs for life. If it had, I might never have written The Great Dog Bottom Swap.


Upcoming Events...

Tooth Fairy’s Christmas | Dartmouth Library, The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND | Saturday 5th December 2016, 11–12am

I'll be down in beautiful Dartmouth to read THE TOOTH FAIRY'S CHRISTMAS by me and Garry Parsons. Afterwards there'll be a fun craft session and I'll be signing copies of my books for the Dartmouth Community Bookshop, who are supporting the event.

Tickets available at the library, or tel. 01803 832502

Turn the Page: Totnes Children’s Book Day 2015 | Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Fore Street, Totnes, Devon | Saturday 17th October, 10.15–11.15 and 16.30–17.15.

Morning, 10.15: "Creature Capers": Come and hear performance poet Matt Harvey and me in the opening event of TURN THE PAGE, a brand new children's book festival that we are supporting in our very own town of Totnes. Matt and I will both be telling tales about animals in disguise. Matt will be reading his tale BEASTIE AND THE BOYS, and I will be following with my new picture book THE PRINCE AND THE PORKER. There will be dressing up! For ages 4–7.

Afternoon, 16.30: "Medieval Malarkey": The last event of the day I will be reading from A DOG'S LIFE!, the latest in my KNIGHTMARE! young fiction series of medieval adventures – complete with a full suit of armour! For ages 6–11. more info...

Christmas with the Tooth Fairy at Totnes late-night shopping | Totnes Bookshop, 29 High St, Totnes TQ9 5RY | Tuesday 23rd December 2014, 7pm

Come along to the Totnes Bookshop on the last of December's late-night Tuesdays, when the whole of the town's main street turns onto one big Christmas fair. I will be there reading my new picture book THE TOOTH FAIRY'S CHRISTMAS, illustrated by Garry Parsons and published by Hodder. I'll also be signing copies – and hopefully grabbing a mince pie or two!
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Blithering Battleaxes! KNIGHTMARE comes to Hay Festival | Hay Festival, Hay on Wye, Powys | Saturday 31st May 2014, 2.30pm, The Cube

This year I'm returning to the Hay Festival in Wales with my new fiction series, KNIGHTMARE! about medieval knight Sir Percy the Proud and his long-suffering squire, Cedric. The first book in the series, LIFE STINKS! came out in April. Expect some medieval malarkey and a fun craft activity thrown in!
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Celebrating Exeter Central Library | Exeter Central Library, Exeter, Devon | Friday 13th June 2014, 2pm

I will be doing a storytime reading for pre-schoolers to mark the reopening of the newly refurbished Exeter Central Library. More details to follow!

Manchester Central Library: KNIGHTMARE! | Manchester Central Library | Saturday 14th June 2014, 2–3pm

I will be doing an event based on my new fiction series KNIGHTMARE! to mark the refurbishment of Manchester Central Library (which, incidentally, one of my ancestors helped to found – books run inthe family!) More details to follow. more info...

Bath Children’s Literature Festival: KNIGHTMARE! | Bath Central Library [tbc] | Saturday 4th October 2014, [time tbc]

Roll up for some medieval malarkey with me and illustrator Fred Blunt. I will read from the KNIGHTMARE! books and Fred will show some of his wacky drawing wizardry. After this the audience will have a chance to get making in a fun craft session. And we might also have a bit of a surprise in store… more info...