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Peter Bently

My dad was an army bandmaster and director of music. Having a dad in the army meant that we moved around a fair bit when I was a child, so I lived in Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong as well as places in England, including in Devon where I live now. I recently worked out that I went to ten different schools, or eleven if you count going to the same school twice (that was in Hong Kong). Imagine having that ‘first day at school’ feeling eleven times! But often there were other children whose parents were in the services too and who had also changed schools a lot, so I didn’t feel too weird.

I have always enjoyed words but it took me quite a while to discover that I wanted to be a children’s writer. After university I worked for a short time as a journalist and then for a much longer time editing and sometimes writing books for grown ups. But I always liked writing funny stories and verses. When I was best man at my brother John’s wedding I even wrote my best man’s speech in rhyme.

A few years later, my wife read that speech and said I should do more of that kind of thing. After we had our first child, Theo, and then (in 2001) moved from London to Devon, I started taking children’s writing seriously. I joined a creative writing group and in 2004 took a course run by the excellent Arvon Foundation. In 2005 I sent the text of A Lark in the Ark to fourteen publishers. Twelve of them said no thanks, but Egmont accepted it. I still have a copy of their cheque on my wall. (Bio via peterbently.com)

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http://www.peterbently.com/
Most Recent Book
The Hundred and One Dalmatians book

board Books

fire trucks · firefighters · rescue · emergencies
Push-Pull-Turn! Fire Truck to the Rescue!
airplanes · interactive · vehicles
Push-Pull-Turn! Up in the Air!
vehicles · trucks · interactive
Push-Pull-Turn! Dump Truck Gets to Work!
King Jack and the Dragon book
5.0
dragons · bedtime · imagination
King Jack and the Dragon
Thank You for Being My Friend book
4.5
facing fears · friendship · monsters
Thank You for Being My Friend

picture Books

The Great Dog Bottom Swap book
4.0
silly · dance · dogs
The Great Dog Bottom Swap
reading · outer space · monsters
The Wizard of Poob
monsters · reading · interactive
The Grumpy Guest
The Prince and the Porker book
5.0
twins · inspired by classic literature · pigs · rhyming
The Prince and the Porker
Captain Jack and the Pirates book
4.5
imagination · pirates · sharing · adventure
Captain Jack and the Pirates
A Recipe for Bedtime book
4.8
100 Hidden Gem · bedtime · getting ready for bed
A Recipe for Bedtime
Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machines book
5.3
travel · the world · diversity · culture · sheep · flight · home
Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machines
Shark in the Dark book
4.7
teamwork · music · facing fears · sharks · rhyming
Shark in the Dark

Collaborators

David Roberts
Ben Cort
Helen Oxenbury
Sarah Massini
Duncan Beedie
Steven Lenton
Joe Bucco
Gill McLean
Mei Matsuoka
Dodie Smith
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