Peter Bently grew up in an army family and went to ten different schools. He studied languages at Oxford and worked as a journalist and non-fiction book editor before becoming a children's author when his own two children were very small. He is the author of more than sixty books, including Cats Ahoy!, illustrated by Jim Field, which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and King Jack and the Dragon, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, which was an American Library Association Notable Book of the year.
Since graduating from Kingston College of Art in 2004 Mei Matsuoka has been in much demand as an illustrator. Her illustrations for a short story won first prize in a UNESCO sponsored competition, which she travelled to Japan to collect in 2005. Mei was on the final longlist of candidates nominated as Best New Ilustrators, and is one of the UK's most exciting newcomers to children's books.
The Great Dog Bottom Swap
(Paperback) - 01/04/2010
The day has arrived for the Dogs' Summer Ball. It's so high class, that each dog must remove their bottom before they are allowed inside the hall. But in the middle of all the frivolity something unexpected happens and the dogs have to make a hasty exit... with or without the correct bottom!
'Big, clever, funny' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'It's maybe my all time favourite kids' book' DAWN O'PORTER
Celebrating its 10th year in publication, this unmissable and hilarious picture book has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Book Award, the Best Children's Illustrated Book Award and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.