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Nick Butterworth - Author

About the 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.

Featured books by Nick Butterworth

Other books by Nick Butterworth

The Secret Path

The Secret Path

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/03/2021

Celebrate thirty years of the Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends with this funny story in the classic series from award-winning author and illustrator Nick Butterworth! It's a beautiful spring morning and a perfect opportunity for Percy the park keeper to trim the overgrown maze. But mazes can be rather confusing and when Percy's animal friends decide to have some fun, everyone is in for a surprise... Includes a fabulous fold-out maze poster! More than 9 million Percy the Park Keeper books sold, worldwide!

Percy's 123

Percy's 123

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Learn to count with Percy the park keeper and his animal friends in this fun first concept book from highly regarded, award-winning author/illustrator Nick Butterworth. Learning to count is much easier when you do it with friends, and in this book children will find all their favourite characters from Percy's Park! From one to ten, the pages are packed full with beautiful illustrations, also introducing toddlers to the natural world as they go along. Based on the bestselling picture books by Nick Butterworth, including One Snowy Night, this simple and fun first concept book is perfect for nature lovers and the very youngest of Percy's fans! Percy and his animal friends have delighted readers around the world for over thirty years!

One Springy Day

One Springy Day

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 04/02/2021

The latest hilarious story in the 9-million-copy best-selling series about Percy the Park Keeper from highly regarded, award-winning author/illustrator Nick Butterworth. Percy the park keeper and his animal friends are playing hide-and-seek in the park. The fox has found a great hiding place in Percy's workshop but when he falls into a pot of Very Strong Glue, he soon finds himself springing into an embarrassingly sticky situation! Is there anything his friends can do to help? Includes a surprise fold-out scene! More than 9 million Percy the Park Keeper books sold, worldwide!

Six Tales from Percy's Park

Six Tales from Percy's Park

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/08/2020

Percy and his animal friends have delighted readers around the word for over thirty years! Here you can listen to six fantastic park adventures, performed by Jim Broadbent. Percy the park keeper works hard looking after the park and his animal friends who live there. But Percy still likes to find time for some fun and games. And of course in Percy's Park there's always time for a story... This fantastic collection brings together six entertaining adventures: The Secret Path (Text copyright (c) Nick Butterworth 1994) The Rescue Party (Text copyright (c) Nick Butterworth 1993) Percy's Bumpy Ride (Text copyright (c) Nick Butterworth 1999) After the Storm (Text copyright (c) Nick Butterworth 1992) The Treasure Hunt (Text copyright (c) Nick Butterworth 1996) One Snowy Night (Text copyright (c) Nick Butterworth 1989)

One Springy Day

One Springy Day

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

A hilarious new story in the 9-million-copy best-selling series from highly regarded author Nick Butterworth! The Fox is playing hide-and-seek with Percy and the animals of the park. He's got a great hiding place in Percy's workshop but hasn't noticed that there is a pot of strong glue dangerously close by and soon finds himself in an embarrassingly sticky situation! What can Percy do to help? Includes a surprise fold-out page!

One Snowy Night

One Snowy Night

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2019

Celebrate thirty years of Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends with this funny story in the classic series from award-winning author and illustrator Nick Butterworth! Percy the park keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter's night Percy discovers that his little friends need more than food and he must find a way to help them. Includes a surprise pull-out poster! More than 9 million Percy the Park Keeper books sold, worldwide!

One Snowy Night

One Snowy Night

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Celebrate thirty years of Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends with this funny story in the classic series from award-winning author and illustrator Nick Butterworth! Percy the park keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter's night Percy discovers that his little friends need more than food and he must find a way to help them. Includes a surprise pull-out poster! More than 9 million Percy the Park Keeper books sold, worldwide!

One Snowy Night

One Snowy Night

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 24/09/2019

Celebrate thirty years of Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends with this funny story in the classic series from award-winning author and illustrator Nick Butterworth! Plus audio CD, narrated by Jim Broadbent. Percy the park keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter's night Percy discovers that his little friends need more than food and he must find a way to help them. Includes a surprise pull-out poster! More than 9 million Percy the Park Keeper books sold, worldwide!

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