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Percy the Park Keeper - The Rescue Party [Hardcover]

Nick Butterworth
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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16 Sep 1993
Following ONE SNOWY NIGHT and AFTER THE STORM, another colour illustrated story featuring Percy the park keeper who finds that he has to rescue a rabbit from a disused well when he and his animal friends go on a picnic.

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  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (16 Sep 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001938207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001938205
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 21.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039,434 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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‘…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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Percy, the park keeper, is having a day off. It is a perfect day for doing nothing. The sun is shining and Percy and his friends settle down to enjoy a picnic and a bit of a nap. As Percy dozes, three young rabbits play nearby.

But Percy's peaceful picnic is abruptly disturbed when a nasty accident befalls the smallest rabbit. Percy soon devises a plan to rescue her – but somehow his plan doesn't turn out quite as expected.

Nick Butterworth's stories abut Percy, the gentle park keeper, have enchanted numerous children and have already sold over half a million copies. 'The Rescue Party' is a delightful new story about Percy and his friends.


"A lovely book to share at bedtime"

"A heartwarming bedtime tale…"
SUSAN HILL in 'The Independent'


"…look no further for the best present for any child from two to six"
SUSAN HILL in 'The Sunday Times'

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5.0 out of 5 stars Any Nick Butterworth 2 Dec 2007
Buy the single story or buy the compendium; Nick covers exactly what you and your child needs in a jolly good story. Buy now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Percy Classic 29 Dec 2013
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We all love Percy the Park Keeper in our house (2.5 years to 48!). In this story, Percy's day off is interrupted when a rabbit falls into an empty well and Percy and his animal friends have to go to the rescue. As always an engaging story is accompanied by Nick Butterworth's beautiful illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 18 Dec 2013
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Our 4 year old loves Percy and can read the book on her own, using pictures as cues for building her own imaginative games. A delightful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Story 15 Oct 2013
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Our grand daughter adores this story. Love all the Percy Park tales. Anything with little animals in seems to appeal to lots of toddlers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Park Topic 30 Mar 2013
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Has been a very good book for supporting a Park Topic. Nick Butterworth has many books which fulfill this role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully illustrated and delightful book 16 Jan 2013
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My 3 year old daughter absolutely loves the Percy Park Keeper books which we first came across at the library. She loved them so much we have purchased several of the books and I suspect we will be purchasing some more in the future! The illustrations are fantastic and the stories are very enjoyable for my daughter and myself to read. They are a favourite for bedtime stories.
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