The Existential Crisis of Peter and Jane


In “Peter and Jane, the Lost Episodes”, [Jon Bentley] succeeds in recontextualising commonplace scenes with unexpected and absurdly humorous interventions.

Jon recalls his first encounter with the iconic Peter and Jane books: “Like many people of my generation, I learned to read with Peter, Jane, Mummy, Daddy and Pat the dog. As I struggled with the unfamiliar letters, my eyes where invariably drawn to the picture on the opposite page, full of strange details that drew me in and seemed to suggest a richer more mysterious narrative than the prosaic stories and dialogue on the written page”.

Years later, Jon revisited those images and began to construct a series of alternative and surreal narratives.




Artist Jon Bentley, inspired by Peter and Jane from the Key Words Reading Scheme early readers children’s books. And presumably Nietzsche. Or Cthulhu. Either way, it’s worth checking out the many other examples of Jon Bentley’s fine work.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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