Nick Butterworth was born in North London in 1946 and grew up in a sweet shop in Essex. He now lives in Suffolk with his wife Annette and they have two grown-up children, Ben and Amanda. The inspiration for the Percy the Park Keeper books came from Nick's many walks through the local park with the family dog Jake.
K-Gr 2-- One cold, snowy night, a kindhearted park attendant finds his hospitality stretched to the limit as one pathetic, shivering forest animal after another asks to share his bed. The result--too many animals, not enough room. Just as Percy tries to sort out the tangled bedclothes, the animals panic upon hearing unearthly scratching from below the floor. Not to worry--it's only a mole, also seeking warmth, but during that intervening time each animal has discovered a cozy niche in Percy's messy quarters ideally suited to its needs. The illustrations are lighthearted and the penultimate scene of the cluttered room is a wealth of eye-catching details. Percy's bulletin board, with notes from Santa and an invitation from H. R. H. reveal Butterworth's whimsical sense of humor. While not breaking any new ground, this is an ingratiating if not exceptional wintertime selection. --Phyllis G. Sidorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
One Snowy Night 'A heartwarming bedtime tale...' Susan Hill, The Independent 'A lovely book to share at bedtime' Children's Book News '... it's just right for reading aloud on a cold day' Books for Keeps The Rescue Party: '...it's good for reading aloud to under-fives, and later the six-pluses will still want to read it themselves.' The Independent on Sunday After the Storm: '...look no further for the best present for any child from two to six.' Susan Hill, The Sunday Times Percy's Bumpy Ride: 'Imaginatively detailed illustrations and just the right amount of suspense.' Practical Parenting