Octopus Shocktopus

Octopus on LOLLIES 2022 shortlist!

OCTOPUS SHOCKTOPUS! by me and the brilliant Steven Lenton has been shortlisted for the Lollies, aka the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards! Created in 2016 by Michael Rosen and Scholastic Books, the Lollies celebrate “the best and funniest children’s books in the UK and Ireland”. Voting is by children or on their behalf (see link) and the winners are announced in early 2022. 

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The Kings Birthday Suit

The King's Birthday Suit

THE KING’S BIRTHDAY SUIT is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. I hope it will raise a few giggles … and encourage children to speak up for, er, the naked truth. The illustrations are by the brilliant Claire Powell, whose fashionista monarch and his fabulous wardrobe are a joy! This is my first book with Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

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Goldilocks in Space!

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Goldilocks in Space!

GOLDILOCKS IN SPACE is the first in a new series of Futuristic Fairy Tales set in outer space, hilariously illustrated by the brilliant Chris Jevons. Featuring favourite fairy-tale characters as super-cool astronauts leading their own missions and learning about space along the way, this book is a must for little space fans. Watch out for Snow White in Space soon!

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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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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.)