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The Hedgehog's Balloon (Percy the Park Keeper) [Paperback]

Nick Butterworth
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1 Mar 1999 Percy the Park Keeper

The hedgehog is very upset; he loves balloons but he can never keep them because they always burst on his spines. Then Percy comes up with an ingenious plan, and with the help of some old corks from the store shed, he solves the problem.

Nick Butterworth is one of the most successful author/illustrators today. His humour and his beautiful illustrations have made him a household name, particularly for his well-loved Percy the Park Keeper series.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Lions; New Ed edition (1 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006646956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006646952
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 18.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Nick Butterworth uses the inspiration he gains from walks in the park to bring us a charming tale which keeps the reader entertained as well as passing on an important message. Delightfully illustrated, the format is a realistic balance between pictorial stimuli and narrative content.

Percy the park keeper is faced with the dilemma of helping a hedgehog fly balloons, despite the inherent problem of the hedgehog's spikes. He is determined to help the hedgehog and devises a unique solution to the problem. Nick Butterworth's stories have sold nearly two million copies and are loved by children all around the world. A fun book designed to entertain both children and adults alike. (Ages 5 to 7) --Jon Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Sitting on the tree stump, and looking very upset, was a hedgehog. Two mice were doing their best to comfort him.
"Goodness me," said Percy.
"Whatever is the matter?"

Percy the park keeper is always there to help his animal friends. When he hears that the hedgehog's balloons keep bursting, he thinks very hard indeed and comes up with a brilliant solution.

Also in this series:
'The Cross Rabbit
The Fox's Hiccups
The Badger's Bath
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The Percy the Park Keeper books are very special. They are full of kind acts and a respect for animals, a gentle lesson is learned in each story. Since all children love balloons, this one of a hedgehog who wants one but can't have one is a delight. Percy finds a way to cover the hedgehog's spines and gives the little animal his first balloon. The art work is wonderful,lovely pictures with just the right amount of detail. I first found the books on a trip to England and now order them for a four year old granddaughter who always requests another one, please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter's favourite Percy the Park Keeper 5 Mar 2005
By ELH Browning VINE VOICE
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Nick Butterworth's exquisite illustrations make all the Percy the Park Keeper books into something special. They are lovely gentle stories set in a large park where the characters, other than Percy himself, are the woodland animals - fox, mole, badger, squirrel, rabbit and owl - and there's soft underlying decency and a little humour in each. Every small child should have at least one in their collection. There are lots of books in this range to choose from and we have about ten of which my children never tire.
This is my four year old daughter's favourite because she loves balloons and so the pictures have an extra appeal. In this story Percy comes up with a way to help poor Hedgehog, who's not had much luck with balloons in the past, join in the fun.
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