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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.
One of four charming board books by the best-selling creator of Percy the Park Keeper, featuring toddler Sam and his six toy animal friends. Perfect books for babies and toddlers. Sam's toys love to help around the house, making everyday tasks lots of fun. Croc helps watering the plants and George the gorilla scrubs the dishes. But the best fun of all is helping to make the beds...into a den!
One of four charming board books by the best-selling creator of Percy the Park Keeper, featuring toddler Sam and his six toy animal friends. Perfect books for babies and toddlers. When it is time for bed there is lots to do - and not just for Sam - it's a busy time of day for his toys as well! Hippo has to use the potty and Millie the elephant needs a good bath. Whitey the bear is fun to hug when it is time to get dry and Wilson the giraffe likes a drink and a story. Croc is very good about cleaning his teeth - and he has so many! Then it is time for everyone to snuggle into bed - if they will all fit that is...