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John Butler has loved drawing ever since he could pick up a pencil. To date he has illustrated over 60 children’s books published in more than 20 countries. He has won numerous awards both in the UK and the US. In 2015 one of his titles was made a gold medal selection for Dolly Parton’s charity, Imagination Library, in the UK. Back in 1995 he received a BP conservation award from Sir David Attenborough.
In a varied career he has worked for such illustrious clients as Sesame Street and Time magazine, but illustrating children’s books is what he enjoys doing most. Now with six young grandchildren to help inspire his illustrations, he feels very lucky to have a made a career out of picking up a pencil.
Love is … lots of different things in this delightful picture book: love is ‘that going out feeling when your feet are all warm in your boots’, or ‘love feels like sharing a story, all tucked up and snug in your bed’ – all things in fact that toddlers everywhere will be familiar with. What makes them magical, is the presence of that special person, Mum, who puts love into every daily activity. The text exudes warmth and happiness, and the illustrations of the little bunny skipping through the day with mum then snuggling down to sleep, are full of tenderness. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from editor, Leilani Sparrow ~ "Love is that magical feelingwhen you wake up and see a big smile, bright, shining eyes and arms reaching out then having a hug for a while. There is something intensely beautiful and lyrical about this text. It is a special book for special people, a celebration of love and family, and all that it entails. It’s in every detail of every day, going the extra-mile, always being there and fixing things that are wrong. We wanted the artwork to convey the joy that is encapsulated in the text, and John Butler’s characters really capture the affection between the bunny, his family and friends. It’s magical and we hope that you enjoy sharing it."
Patch the puppy lives on Ivy Farm. He's a boisterous scamp, always on the lookout for fun. Join Patch as you lift the gatefold flaps to change the pictures, helping him meet a whole host of baby animal friends for some farmyard frolics. John Butler's adorable illustrations bring these sweet characters to life.
'It was bedtime in the jungle and the day was almost done. A rhino settled down with her baby one . . .' All babies need to go to bed, even in the Indian jungle . . . Learn to count from one to ten with adorable animal babies in this enchanting book by the illustrator of Wake Up, Sleepy Bear, and then snuggle safely down to sleep. As the sun sets over the Indian jungle, the animals are calling their little ones to bed. In this delightful book by the illustrator of Wake Up, Sleepy Bear, wrinkly rhinos, mischievous monkeys, tumbling tiger cubs and many more enchanting animal babies are quieted by their parents before settling down to sleep. When you've counted all the way to the end, a gatefold spread reveals ten little elephants dreaming beneath the stars.