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Nick Butterworth - Author

Nick Butterworth was born in Kingsbury, North London in 1946, but moved to Romford in Essex with his parents at the age of three. They moved to run a sweet shop, so Nick found himself fulfilling every child's sugar-coated dream of growing up right inside the proverbial chocolate factory.

Having intended to go to art college after leaving school, Nick decided to take a job as a typographic designer in the printing department of the National Children's Home at the last minute instead. He went on to work for several major London design consultancies before moving into freelance graphics. He has also worked as a television presenter on the TV-AM children's programme Rub-a-Dub-Tub and produced a regular illustrated story called Upney Junction for the Sunday Express magazine. At present, Nick concentrates on writing and illustrating his phenomenally successful children's books.

Percy The Park Keeper first came to life in One Snowy Night in 1989, which The Sunday Times described as, 'a tremendous and well-deserved success' and The Independent called, 'a heart warming bedtime tale.' It wasn't just the reviewers who loved Percy and the world of his park - children, parents and teachers alike fell in love with the kind hearted park keeper. More Percy adventures followed and the range now includes 6 hardback books, paperbacks, audio tapes (read by Richard Briers) and a range of activity books. The latest Percy book, Percy's Bumpy Ride was published in October 1999.

Percy has sold a staggering 4 million copies worldwide and been translated into 16 languages. A Percy book is bought every 15 minutes - not bad for an animal-loving park keeper!

Nick has also written and illustrated other popular books for children including Thud!, All Together Now!, Amanda's Butterfly, Jingle Bells, Q Pootle 5 and Q Pootle 5 in Space. Autumn 2004 saw the publication of a new departure for Nick in The Whisperer - a dark tale of rival alley cats which weaves a strong moral message through an elegant , involving and classic story.

Nick has two grown-up children and lives in Essex with his wife. He is a founding partner, with his son Ben, of Snapper Productions. His success is outstanding and marks him out as one of the most popular and talented author/illustrators in the world of children's books today.

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My Mum is Fantastic
Nick Butterworth
All mums are fantastic, and all children will recognise that their own mum is just like the smiling super-woman who can do amazing things in Nick Butterworth's story: she can mend anything, tells the most exciting stories, can balance on...
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Format: Board book | Released 02/02/2017
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My Dad is Brilliant
Nick Butterworth
Nick Butterworth is best known as the creator of the Percy the Park Keeper books and his trademark warmth and humour fills every page of this lovely board book. This dad can run like a cheetah, play any instrument, sing...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Q Pootle 5 Groobie's Spacewash
Nick Butterworth
Q Pootle 5 airs on CBeebies and is outperforming even long-running shows such as Octonauts and Peppa Pig. The TV is particularly targeting 4 to 6 year olds and these high illustrated picture books are perfect for Q Pootle 5...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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Q Pootle 5 The Great Space Race
Nick Butterworth
Q Pootle 5 fans will love this gentle tale of interplanetary racing in which the characters work together to put things right when things go wrong even if it means someone else wins the great space race. Q Pootle 5...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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Trixie
Nick Butterworth
In his first glorious book for Puffin, picture-book genius Nick Butterworth has created the lovable Trixie, a witch's cat who would do anything to be rid of her one white paw. Hocus pocus and all sorts of magic follow with...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/10/2010
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Wonderful Earth!
Nick Butterworth - illustrated by Mick Inkpen
Wonderful Earth is the story of the creation of this wonderful world in which we live. Terrifically interactive with pop-ups, split pages and peep holes it will give the reader aged 5 and above hours of entertainment on their own...
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/03/2010
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One Snowy Night
Nick Butterworth
The classic tale from Nick Butterworth now comes complete with a full-length DVD animation feature film with narration by Jim Broadbent. One Snowy Night is a touching story with plenty of small cuddly animal characters and a suitably happy ending....
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Format: Mixed Media Product | Released 01/10/2007
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Present For Freddie Small
Nick Butterworth
Michael Evans is a new talent in the world of picture books and it's a real feather in his cap that an established author of Nick Butterworth's calibre has chosen to collaborate. Michael's artwork is fresh, child-friendly, and bursting with...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2007
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Tiger
Nick Butterworth
Just the book for a toddler who is not as confident or brave as he or she would like to be and deservedly shortlisted for the ‘Early Years – Pre-school Award'. Tiger, the kitten pretends one day to be a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2006
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Tiger In The Snow
Nick Butterworth
Bouncy Tiger usually has lots of friends to play with but when a blanket of snow covers everything, no one seems to want to play. But when Tiger finds a sledge everything changes. The fun of a snowy day is...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2006
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