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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007119712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007119714
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 0.4 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Butterworth was born in north London in 1946 and grew up in a sweet shop. As a boy, he always loved drawing and had an insatiable appetite for stories, two passions which have continued into adulthood. After a conjurer made an appearance at one of his birthday parties he also developed a fascination with magic. (His own prowess as a conjurer was called into question by his daughter, just before her eighth birthday. "Dad, you're not going to do your magic at my party again this year, are you?" she said.)
On leaving school, he worked as a graphic designer and in 1970, he formed his own consultancy with three others, including long time friend and fellow author Mick Inkpen who, "joined the studio during his gap year and just, sort of, stayed."
In 1980, Nick decided to concentrate on illustration. His first book for children, B. B. Blacksheep And Company, was published the next year. His first writings for children appeared in the Sunday Express Magazine in the shape of a regular feature called Upney Junction.
With the advent of breakfast TV, he became a regular presenter on the TV-AM children's programme Rub-a-dub-tub, telling stories and illustrating them live.
Nick's books, have sold over twelve million copies around the world in more than twenty-five foreign languages. They have featured frequently on short lists and won several prestigious awards, including Nick's favourite, The Nestle Gold Award for The Whisperer.
Percy the Park Keeper, who accounts for some seven million of Nick's total sales, first appeared in 1989 in One Snowy Night, and has been the subject of a series of animated films for television. Nick is now a partner in a production company, Snapper, with the aim of producing high quality animation for children's television. Nick's Q Pootle 5, a little alien character, is in development.
Nick lives in Essex and is married to Annette who is also a writer. They have two grown up children Ben and Amanda and two grandchildren, Harry and Thomas. Nick feels very much at home with children of all ages. He enjoys visiting schools and book events whenever he can. He has also gained a reputation as an entertaining and inspirational speaker at more grown up conventions and gatherings of parents and teachers etc, and is a frequent speaker at major book festivals such as Edinburgh, Cheltenham and The Hay.

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Albert Le Blanc is a large, fluffy, white, toy polar bear who appears one day in the window of Mr Jolly's toy shop. He immediately becomes the focus of the other toys' curiosity--because he's the most sad and dejected-looking creature they've ever seen. They decide that Albert has lost his smile and resolve to cheer him up by putting on a show. The toys scramble to work on their party pieces--from Pickle the mouse's disastrous joke-telling to Sally the ballet-loving hippopotamus' funny dance routine (although she thinks it's "beautiful and artistic" and few of the toys would dare to disagree).

Poor Albert is subjected to the show, despite his attempts to protest that he isn't really miserable, it's just the way his face has been made. But it's Sally's dancing finale that has an unexpected outcome for everyone, especially Albert.

Well-loved children's illustrator Nick Butterworth has created a heart-warming story with sparky dialogue and some memorable characters, especially Albert, a study in Gallic nonchalance. Much of the fun lies in spotting the familiar characters that appear as toys in the shop, including Jane Hissey's Old Bear, Martin Handford's Wally and Butterworth's own Percy the Park Keeper. You may or may not also spot the Trumpton fire brigade... depending on your age! Suitable for ages four to seven years. --Alison Drury --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

One Snowy Night

A lovely book to share at bedtime
‘Children’s Book News’

A heartwarming tale
‘Susan Hill, The Independent’

After the Storm

…look no further for the best present for any child from two to six
‘Susan Hill, The Sunday Times’

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’


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on 30 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
A delightful childrens book,with great artwork which never fails to amuse my children. Your kids will enjoy trying to spot some of their favourate TV and fictional characters amongst the line up in Mr Jolly's toy shop. A great addition to any childs book collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Waterman VINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Just how a good children's book should be. Well-written with good characters and interesting illustrations - so much to go looking for in the pictures!
However, to talk only about the hidden characters would be to diminish the impact of the simple but well-developed story - the apparent sadness of Albert and the comical attempts of the other toys to cheer him up.
Lots here about acceptance and not judging a book by its cover (although this book is great inside and out!), and well-loved by my 3 year old daughter - even if she doesn't know who the Trumpton fire brigade are!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 29 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the comment from my six year old daughter who really wanted to look up the story in ther internet after reading the book: I think that the beginning is really sad and the best bit is when Sally the Hippo fell on top of Albert Le Blanc. I think it's not too long nor too short. I think the end is very funny because Albert gets a smile on his face when he laughs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Suzanne Ravenhall on 2 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
We (my almost 5 year old and I) just love this book. It's quite a long story with a lot of text, and when she was younger was easily distracted by the fabulous illustrations, so we often never got to the end. Now we're able to complete the story, she thinks the ending is hilarious. She's called her own soft polar bear Albert le Blanc, which she says with a real flourish in a fabulous French accent!
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With my 4 year old daughter being a huge fan of Nick Butterworths book series, Percy the park keeper, I wanted to see what other titles by Nick are like. I'm very glad I did try, and so is my daughter!

Albert is a very sad looking bear, but never judge a book by its cover.
This story is a fab introduction for children to not assume someone feels just as they look - just because you are not smiling on the outside doesn't mean you are sad. =)

A very inventive story, with some mini cameo appearances from other popular books and TV shows that your children are bound to spot - see how many of them you can find!
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By me on 3 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
A truly wonderful book that you cannot help but fall in love with. Wondefully written and illistrated with small details in the pictures to keep adults as well as children entertained. My eldest daughter chose a character from this for her world book day costume and the teacher loved the stories so much she went straight out and bought the books that night.
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By mulvguern on 1 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We love Nick Butterworths books and this one was no disappointment. My six year old (and us) laughed and laughed at the lovely character portrayed in this gorgeous book.

There were added surprises in well known characters appearing and we really enjoyed trying to spot them throught the book.

Santa made a very good choice here!
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By Sarah Doyle on 3 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
when Albert Le Blanc arrives in the toy shop, the other toys think he is miserable and all put their thinking caps on as to how they can cheer him up. They come up with many ideas however it is one little mishap that gets the bear laughing his head off! My 5yo son picked out other favourite toy characters sitting on the shelves in the toy shop.
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