A feline 'West Side Story' * This book marks a design departure for Nick Butterworth. Nick's trademark, high-quality illustration is viewed, as though in 3d, through dark panels and large scale urban foreground detail. * The theme of two rival gangs is thought-provoking and a good point for discussion. * Nick Butterworth is the highly-renowned author-illustrator of the phenomenally successful 'Percy the Park Keeper' series which has been published in 16 languages, with worldwide sales of around 3 million copies * Nick's picture book, 'Thud', was runner-up for the Kurt Maschler Award and 'Alber
Nick Butterworth was born in Kingsbury, North London. He has worked as a graphic designer for major London design consultancies. Nick then moved into freelance graphics and illustrations, working in partnership with three others, including Mick Inkpen. In 1981 his first children's book was published, B. B. Blacksheep and Company. Nick has also worked as a television presenter on the children's programme Rub-a-Dub-Tub.
Praise for The Whisperer in hardback: "We are not born with prejudice. We learn it. I welcome a book to help young people learn that our diversity is a gift - a wonderful blessing from God. Let us celebrate it." Desmond Tutu Archbishop Emeritus "Butterworth's best yet." Sunday Times "Butterworth has tackled a difficult issue for a children's book and come up with a remarkably fresh and provocative tale." Junior "Scrumptious pictures and sardonic text make this irresistable." The Times Praise for QPootle5: "An alien story with a difference! There's lots of laughs in this friendly, funny story and we loved the wonderfully low-tech DIY spaceship." Practical Parenting Praise for Albert le Blanc "Nick Butterworth is one of the best picture book writers alive." The Independent "Butterworth's drawings have a comforting clarity and his stories develop straightforwardly so the book works for just about everyone." Sunday Times "Triumphant" The Observer