Goldilocks in Space!

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Goldilocks in Space!

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Octopus Shocktopus

Award for Octopus Shocktopus!

OCTOPUS SHOCKTOPUS! has won the Picture Book Category in the 2020 Teach Early Years Awards. It’s an honour to be recognised by one of the top UK resources for Early Years and Primary teachers. Judge Alistair Bryce-Clegg said: “This was the out-and-out favourite of all of the children.” My third collaboration with the brilliant Steven Lenton, Octopus Shocktopus is published by Nosy Crow.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

CHITTY flies again!

I have been honoured to write a special picture book edition of Ian Fleming’s 1964 classic CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG for Hachette Children’s Books in collaboration with the Ian Fleming Estate. Steve Antony’s glorious illustrations reimagine the famous flying – now electric! – car for a new generation of younger readers.

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Princesses Don’t Parp!

OUT NOW! Princesses Don't Parp!

The princess is expecting an important royal guest. But she lives with a VERY windy bunch of folks and she’s worried they’ll disgrace her by PARPING in front of her royal guest! And parping, as everyone knows, is something that princesses never, EVER do…. Hilariously illustrated by Eric Heyman, Princesses Don’t Parp! is published by Simon & Schuster.
It’s a gas!

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Great Dog Bottom Swap

Out now! Tenth anniversary edition of TGDBS

Happy 10th Birthday to The Great Dog Bottom Swap! This special anniversary edition of one of my most popular books – with hilarious illustrations by Mei Matsuoka – has been published by the good folk of Andersen Press. 

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Home in the Snow Bramble Badger

Bramble Badger returns for a third adventure

Bramble (like me) has a midwinter birthday. The trouble is, his woodland friends seem to have forgotten and it looks as if poor Bramble will have to celebrate all alone…. But perhaps there’s a special surprise in store for him after all! A Home in the Snow is the third title in the series about Bramble and his friends, beautifully illustrated by Charlie Fuge and published by Hodder.

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

The Dalmatians are HERE!

The Hundred and One Dalmatians is the first picture book adaptation of Dodie Smith’s original classic novel. Wonderfully illustrated by Steven Lenton​, it has been translated into over a dozen languages and is published by Egmont. “Bringing this fantastic story to life for a new generation … an absolute delight to read.” — Books for Boys.

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Where the Sea Meets the Sky

OUT NOW! Where the Sea Meets the Sky

WHERE THE SEA MEETS THE SKY was published on schedule, despite lockdown, by Hachette Children’s Books. It is illustrated by brilliant newcomer Riko Sekiguchi, whose artwork won the Carmelite Picture Book Prize. Read what happens when a brave little sea otter sets off to seek the horizon – and finds it a bit more of a challenge than she expected…

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Welcome to my website!

With my daughter Tara. She’s 17 now but I keep this photo here to remind me what life was like before teenagers. (I had more hair.)

Photo 2019

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. On this site you can also find out about how to get in touch if you would like me to come to your book event or visit your school, library or bookshop.

I try to update the site as regularly as I can, 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 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, Hot Dog Hal, or my picture book version of The Hundred and One Dalmatians.


Upcoming Events...

WORLD BOOK DAY 2021: Visit to Wimbledon Common Prep School | Wimbledon, London | Thursday 4th March 2021

WORLD BOOK DAY 2021: In-person school visit. (May switch online depending on Covid-19 situation.)

Visit to Manorcroft Primary School, Egham | Manorcroft Primary School, Egham, Surrey | Friday 5th March 2021

In-person visit to Manorcroft Primary School to mark the week of WORLD BOOK DAY 2021. (May switch online, depending on Covid-19 situation.)