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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 Lost Sheep

The Lost Sheep

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2008

An exciting re-launch of titles from the Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen stable. The Lost Sheep tells how one of the farmer's sheep is missing and he must search everywhere to find it. Will the farmer give up or will there be a wonderful party when the sheep is found?

The Precious Pearl

The Precious Pearl

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2008

An exciting re-launch of titles from the Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen stable.The Precious Pearl tells the story of how a rich man who collects beautiful things one day see something that makes his legs turn to jelly: a gigantic pearl. He wants it more than anything else in the world, but to have enough money to buy it, he must sell everything else he owns. What does he do?

The House on the Rock

The House on the Rock

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2008

An exciting re-launch of titles from the Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen stable. Two men went to build houses. One found a strong flat rock on which to build, the other thought he'd like to live on a sandy beach. What happened when the weather turned nasty?

My Dad Is Brilliant

My Dad Is Brilliant

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

A joyous, charmingly illustrated celebration of fathers everywhere. This dad is, quite simply, brilliant! He's as strong as a gorilla, fantastic on roller skates, and can sing like a pop star! And not only all that, but he's a dab hand at cooking too! Find out what else he can do in this colourful book that positively bursts over with appreciation for pas ... everyone's dad is brilliant at something!

Jasper: Jasper's Beanstalk

Jasper: Jasper's Beanstalk

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2008

Jasper plants a bean. He waits for it to grow into a beanstalk all week. How long will he have to wait before he can start looking for giants?

My Mum Is Fantastic

My Mum Is Fantastic

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2008

A celebration of an amazing mum - and mums everywhere! The mum in this book is truly fantastic. She's a brilliant artist, she can balance on a tightrope, she can swim like a fish, do amazing stunts on a bike and she can tame wild animals ... in fact, there's very little this astounding mum can't do. The book ends: It's great to have a mum like mine. It's fantastic! And no one can argue with that!

My Grandma Is Wonderful

My Grandma Is Wonderful

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2008

A 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!

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