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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

After the Storm

After the Storm

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

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! A storm is raging outside and Percy the park keeper is having a sleepless night. When he gets up the following morning, Percy finds that the old oak tree has been blown down. It is a disaster for his animal friends who live there, but Percy is soon devising a plan to help his little friends find new homes. Includes a fabulous, surprise fold-out poster! More than 9 million Percy the Park Keeper books sold, worldwide!

The Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2019

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 is planning a treasure hunt. All his animal friends are to follow a trail of clues around the park and the first one to reach the end will find the treasure! The animals are so excited they can't wait for the hunt to begin! Includes a surprise fold-out page! More than 9 million Percy the Park Keeper books sold, worldwide!

The Secret Path

The Secret Path

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2019

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! 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 Bumpy Ride

Percy's Bumpy Ride

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2019

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 has been busy in his workshop for days. As his animal friends try to guess what he is making, Percy suddenly emerges sitting on top of a very strange machine. The animals jump aboard for what turns out to be a very bumpy ride... Includes a surprise fold-out page! More than 9 million Percy the Park Keeper books sold, worldwide!

My Grandma Is Wonderful

My Grandma Is Wonderful

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2018

An exuberant celebration of a wonderful grandma - and grandmas everywhere! The grandma in this book is truly wonderful. She always buys the biggest ice-creams, she knows all about nature, she's brilliant at untying knots, she makes the most fantastic clothes, and she's always on your side when things go wrong... The book ends: It's great to have a grandma like mine. She's wonderful! And no one can argue with that!

My Grandpa Is Amazing

My Grandpa Is Amazing

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2018

An exuberant celebration of a wonderful grandpa - and all grandpas everywhere! The grandpa in this book is truly brilliant. He builds fantastic sandcastles, he makes wonderful flower arrangements, and he's very, very, very patient. He's got an amazing bike, he's a terrific dancer and he knows all about first aid ... in fact there's very little this astounding grandpa can't do. The book ends, It's great to have a grandpa like mine. He's amazing! And no one can argue with that!

Bible Stories & Tales Green Collection

Bible Stories & Tales Green Collection

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2016

Six scintillating stories and tremendous tales by the best-selling Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. The six picture books are presented in an elegant slipcase and are a combination of Stories Jesus Told and Animal Tales. Stories are: The House on the Rock, The Good Stranger, The Rich Farmer, The Little Gate, The Magpie's Tale. The Mouse's Tale Also available: Bible Stories & Tales Blue Collection

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