Peter Bently

Children's Author

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Peter Bently


Assistant: Emily Talbot


I was born in 1960 in Hampshire, England. My Dad was an army bandmaster, which meant that as I grew up I got to live in Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong as well as in various places around England – I went to ten different schools! I then went to study languages at Oxford and I now live in Devon with my wife Lucy, my son Theo and my daughter Tara. When I have time I enjoy visiting schools, libraries and bookshops.<

Latest Publications:

HOT DOG HAL (4th February 2016, Scholastic Children's Books)

A hilarious new picture book by Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Peter Bently and bestselling illustrator Tom McLaughlin. Sausage dog Hal loves his trusty old blanket and goes nowhere without it, even though his friends all say that it makes him look like a sausage covered in mustard. From the beach to the zoo, wherever Hal goes his blanket goes with him. Little do Hal's friends know just how useful it might turn out to be when a thunderstorm strikes and Hal manages to rescue his canine chums using that scruffy old blanket!

Upcoming Publications: 

The Toothe Fairy's Royal Visit (1st June 2017, Hodder Children's Books)

The prince has lost his first tooth! He's asleep in his bedroom in the palace ... but the palace is enormous! Will the Tooth Fairy ever find him? And meanwhile can she help find another set of important royal teeth that have gone missing?!

The hilarious rhyming sequel to The Tooth Fairy's Christmas from Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Peter Bently and Garry Parsons, the bestselling illustrator of The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas.

The Hundred and One Dalmations (5th October 2017, Egmont)

A special 32 page picture book adaptation of Dodie Smith’s much-loved classic story, perfect for toddlers. 

When Missis and Pongo’s darling Dalmatian puppies are stolen, they know just who to suspect . . . the evil Cruella de Vil!

She’s enough to scare the spots off a pup and she would love nothing more than to turn them into a spotty fur coat!

With the help of some fearless furry friends, the parents set off on a brave rescue attempt. But can the Dalmatian parents rescue their precious pups in time?

This classic tale about a hundred and one spotty dogs has been adapted for the first time ever as a picture book. Peter Bently's fun adaptation of Dodie Smith's original text will introduce the story to a new generation, with gorgeous artwork from bestselling illustrator, Steven Lenton. 

Fan's of Dodie Smith's original story and the Disney film adaptation will love this new take on an old favourite - the perfect Christmas gift and classic bedtime story to enjoy together.

Awards Won:

Peter won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011 with CATS AHOY! with four-hundred school pupils picking their favourite book from those shortlisted.

KING JACK AND THE DRAGON was named an American Library Association Notable Book of the year, and was listed for a 2013 UK Literary Association Book Award and the 2013 Kate Greenaway Medal. THE YOGA OGRE was also longlisted for the 2013 Kate Greenaway Medal.