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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

Percy and the Badger Band 04/Blue

Percy and the Badger Band 04/Blue

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Nick Butterworth's well known and much loved character Percy the Park Keeper stars in this beautifully told story for early readers. Percy tries to persuade a reluctant Badger to take a bath. Badger doesn't want to, so Percy takes a bath instead - only to find he has some unexpected comapany when Badger falls in the water with him! * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 provides children with the opportunity to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Geography: our local area; Citizenship: animals and us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Percy and the Rabbit Band 03/Yellow

Percy and the Rabbit Band 03/Yellow

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Nick Butterworth's well known and much loved character Percy the Park Keeper stars in this beautifully told story for early readers. When Percy's cap, scarf and gloves go missing, they end up being used by some mischevious mice to decorate a snowman! * Yellow/ Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 provide children with an opportunity to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Geography: our local area; citizenship: animals and us. * This story is one of three books by Nick Butterworth in the Collins Big Cat reading programme. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Q Pootle 5 in Space

Q Pootle 5 in Space

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2004

A high-speed space-chase unfolds as QPootle5 and his friend, Oopsy, flee from three hungry bladder monsters. Q Pootle 5 is in a hurry. And so is his friend, Oopsy. They are being chased by three hungry bladder monsters... But Q Pootle 5 has a friend who is bigger and scarier than the bladder monsters. Dave is bigger than everyone...

Albert Le Blanc

Albert Le Blanc

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2003

An uplifting story about a bear without a smile from the bestselling creator of Percy the Park Keeper. When Albert le Blanc arrives in Mr Jolly's toy shop, the other toys think he's the saddest-looking bear they have ever seen. They decide to put on a show to cheer him up. Albert tries to tell them he's not sad, he just looks sad, but they are all too busy making preparations... As a finale, Sally the hippo puts on a lipstick and performs ballet, but she falls on top of Albert and leaves a huge lipstick grin on his face. Everyone laughs...especially Albert!

The Rescue Party

The Rescue Party

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2003

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 having a day off. It is a perfect day for doing nothing. But Percy's peaceful picnic is disturbed when a little rabbit takes an unexpected tumble and needs help... Includes a surprise fold-out page! More than 9 million Percy the Park Keeper books sold, worldwide!

Four Tales from Percy's Park

Four Tales from Percy's Park

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 21/10/2002

Four adventures from everybody's favourite park keeper. There's always something happening in Percy's park! Here are four adventures of everybody's favourite park keeper and his animal friends. Featuring: The Secret Path The Rescue Party After the Storm One Snowy Night with music and sound effects.

Percy's Friend the Owl

Percy's Friend the Owl

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2001

Percy the Park Keeper is never happier than when he is out and about in the park with his animal friends. Wherever Percy is, his show-off friend the owl is never far away. Life is never dull in the park when the owl is about... In this brand new series Percy fans can find out more about each of their favourite animal characters. Each book includes stories, poems and interesting information making these books the ultimate guide to Percy and his animal friends. Age 3-6

Thud!

Thud!

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/1998

A hilarious picture book from Nick Butterworth, the highly-regarded, prize-winning, creator of Percy the Park Keeper. In a fantastical land where even warthogs are beautiful, the peace is shattered one day by the deafening thud of something very large nearby. Is it a monster? None of the animals feels brave enough to find out, but they know of an 'Ugly Beast' who might be able to help. And when they find him, the animals are in for a truly monstrous surprise.

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