Making Books: Band 05/Green by Nick Butterworth


Making Books: Band 05/Green by Nick Butterworth

Would you like to find out who inspired the famous children's book character, Percy the Park Keeper? The author and illustrator who created him, Nick Butterworth, invites us into his home to show us how he works, from the first spark of an idea to the published book. * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - A non-fiction recount. * Pages 14-15 show three stages of Nick drafting an illustration of Percy, ideal for exploring ideas, preparation and editing/planning within children's own work. * Curriculum links - Art and design: Building shapes and patterns, an event in pictorial form. * This fascinating non-fiction book can be read alongside.Nick's other titles for Collins Big Cat, Percy and the Rabbit, and Percy and the Badger. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.


Nick Butterworth, creator of Percy the Park Keeper and Q-Pootle-5, tells us how he grew up to become an author and illustrator.

About the Author

Nick Butterworth

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 lives in Suffolk with his wife and two children. 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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24 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

5th January 2005



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