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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.
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 a tightrope, swims like a fish, and can even tame wild animals. And of course she makes the best parties in the world. The pictures will make children look and laugh, and are full of things for them to talk about. And it ends in the very best way possible: a big hug between child and mum above the words ‘It’s great to have a mum like mine! It’s fantastic!’ A lovely book for sharing, and just the thing for Mother’s Day. ~ Andrea Reece
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 like a pop star in the bath and tells the funniest jokes in the world – no wonder he’s brilliant! No matter what their dad looks like, little children everywhere will recognise his expressions, his patience and his love of his children in Nick Butterworth’s cheerful, smiling character. There’s lots to look at in this small book, lots to laugh about, lots to discuss, and lots to love! ~ Andrea Reece
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 fans. Join Groobie and his friends as they team together to sort out a problem with Groobie's spaceship washing machine. And Q Pootle 5 fans will also love The Great Space Race!
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 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 fans. Join Groobie and his friends as they team together to sort out a problem with Groobie's spaceship washing machine. And there's another Q Pootle 5 adventure story - Groobie's Spacewash!
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 the most hilarious results! But it's good to stand out from the crowd and Trixie quickly sees that life's so much nicer when you're happy being who you are.
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 and to shared with an adult. It was first published back in 1990 and this new edition is perfect for a new generation of readers. In addition to telling the story of its creation it also has a message that our world is not as healthy as it once was and it needs ouor help.
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. Percy, everyone’s favourite park keeper, finds himself having rather more guests for Christmas than he imagined. This book is great for winter bedtime reading.
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 lovingly observed detail. Painted in sparkling colour, with a soft line and wash technique, his illustrations are both accessible and highly accomplished. It’s a wonderfully satisfying read, full of humour and affection. The story addresses the important subject of children having difficulty getting to sleep and is a heart-warming tale about the comfort to be had from a special bedtime toy.
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 real tiger and has a great deal of fun and games. Nick Butterworth is the ingenious creator of the immensely popular Percy the Park Keeper and we’re sure that Tiger and his friends will be loved and adored just as much.
Second title about adorable new toddler character, from the renowned picture creator of Percy the Park Keeper Tiger the kitten has lots of friends...usually. It isn't hard for Tiger to find someone to play with...usually. But one day, when everything is covered in a chilly white blanket of snow, Tiger's friends are too cold or too busy to go out and he has to play by himself. Until he finds something very unusual buried in the snow...
Read the parables and colour your favourite Bible stories from Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen.
A fabulous collection of stories for children aged 5 and over about animals that encountered Jesus during his lifetime and how they were there when key incidents in his life took place. Imagine you could have been there when Jesus was alive on earth. The animals in this book saw just what happened. The fox was out on a cold, starry night when he suddenly heard the sound of Angels singing. The cat was looking forward to a wedding party that nearly went wrong. The magpie had a birds-eye view of Zaccheus climbing into his tree. and the mouse got caught on a boat in a storm and saw an amazing miracle
On Monday Jasper finds a bean. In spite of all the attention he lavishes on it, the bean will just not grow. This deceptively simple story encompasses a wealth of material to stimulate children's learning and imagination - days of the week, the passing of time, what plants need to grow, magical beanstalks and giants! This audio version by Timothy Spall - with specially composed music - will enchant listeners, and also provides a perfect complement to the book for all adults using it with children learning to read. The second side has the reading without music and with page-turn signals.
A classic gift edition of best-loved Percy the Park Keeper stories. Percy the park keeper loves to spend time with his animal friends, even though his work in the park keeps him very busy. The animals often need Percy's help, and he is always there to lend a hand. Read about what happened when a chilly fox needed warming up, or when a dirty badger was offered a bath. Find out how Percy helped an unhappy hedgehog hold a balloon, or a squirrel find her lost acorns. Laugh along as the animals take charge whilst Percy is unwell - with unexpected results! Learn all about Percy, his friend the mole and his friend the owl, in their special tales. Find out where Percy's favourite spot in the park is, what colour the owl likes best and all about the mole's secret friend. Enjoy these stories and more in this classic treasury edition.
An edgy new picture book from the renowned creator of Percy the Park Keeper. Featuring an exciting new style of illustration and a thought-provoking plot, this stunning picture book is set to become a firm favourite. Two gangs of cats live in a scrap yard on the edge of the city. When they're not eating or sleeping, they're fighting, and that's just how The Whisperer likes it. He's a rat, and if he can keep the cats going after each other, they'll leave him and his kind alone. But just maybe, things in the scrap yard are about to change for the better. Or as The Whisperer sees it...for the worse...
This omnibus edition includes eight of Jesus' best loved stories. Children relate to stories and there was never a better storyteller than Jesus. With delightful illustrations and easy to read text, this is an ideal introduction to this simple, short and often very funny stories, sharing truth, love and wisdom with young children. The omnibus edition features eight of Jesus' best loved stories: The Two Sons, The House on the Rock, The Little Gate, The Ten Silver Coins, The Precious Pearl, The Good Stranger, The Rich Farmer and The Lost Sheep.
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. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.