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Percy's Bumpy Ride (Tales From Percy's Park) [Paperback]

Nick Butterworth
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28 April 2011 Tales from Percy's Park

Percy the Park Keeper surprises his animal friends in this engaging story from highly-regarded, best-selling author-illustrator Nick Butterworth. Includes a fabulous fold-out page!

Percy the park keeper has been busy in his workshop for days. As his animal friends try to guess what he is making, Percy suddenly emerges sitting on top of a very strange machine. The animals jump aboard for what turns out to be a very bumpy ride…

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000715514X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007155149
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,495 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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When Percy the Park Keeper emerges from his workshop after three whole days of banging and crashing and tap, tap, tapping, his friends are more than a little surprised when they see what he has been up to for all that time. Instead of the bird table or a park bench, he has built an amazing new lawn mower, consisting of a sofa for him to sit on and a fan to keep him cool when he is working. But what Percy has not realised is that his latest contraption can actually fly, and before long he is hovering way above the park with all his friends on board...

Nick Butterworth fans will be delighted by Percy's Bumpy Ride for many reasons, not least of which is that for the first time EVER Percy actually leaves the park, hovering in the sky and looking down on his kingdom from above.

A suspenseful adventure story filled with fantastic surprises that will have young readers squealing with delight, Percy's Bumpy Ride is a must for anyone who has previously entered Percy's little world, will introduce new readers to life beyond the park gates, and would make an ideal gift for any young reader. (Ages 2 to 5) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Percy’s Bumpy Ride:
‘Imaginatively detailed illustrations and just the right amount of suspense.’ Practical Parenting

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

One Snowy Night
‘A heartwarming bedtime 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

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Percy's Bumpy Ride is a favourite of both my 3 and 5 years olds, as well as the one among the series that I most enjoy reading to them. This story breaks free from the bounds of the imaginative and touches fantasy as Percy's new mower leaves the ground to fly over the countryside. Magically, all the world seems caught up in the dream flight, as a flock of sheep forms messages to the party above and ends up saving the day. A great read especially before bedtime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story 19 Feb 2010
Like all Percy the Park Keeper books, this story is warm and gentle, with beautiful illustrations. Percy decides to make his own lawnmower to cut the park grass more efficiently, but perhaps shouldn't have added the helicopter-style rotor blades... There is plenty of humour in here - for children and adults - and a flock of helpful sheep provide a happy ending. My 21 month old son loves this and wants to read it again and again. You can't go wrong with Percy...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Percy's Park 17 Dec 2013
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wonderful book my daughter loves all of Nick Butterworths books but Percy the park keeper books are her favourite ones
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 3 Oct 2013
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A lovely story for the 3 year old. Lots to talk about! Percy is a very warm character very likable.
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Lovely story lovely bright pictures very relaxing book to read at bed time,or when you want a bit if peace and quite
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 7 May 2013
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My little boy loves this book at bedtime and this is one of six in the series, brilliant price x
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great 28 April 2013
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My 5 yo son asked me to get this after we'd read The Rescue Party. I didn't think this was quite such a good tale, but the illustrations are great and provide plenty to talk about at storytime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Percy Classic 10 Mar 2013
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As always Nick Butterworth gives us another Percy the Park Keeper classic. I have been buying Percy books since my nephew was little and he is 17 now! But now my son (age 5) and daughter (nearly 2) love him too. An exciting story illustrated with wonderful illustrations. There is laughter, adventure and of course Percy animal friends including Badger, Fox, Hedgehog and Owl to keep children and adults alike entertained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another nice Percy story
We love the Percy stories, and this one is as pleasing as all the others. A fun story, lots to notice and talk about in the pictures.
Published 18 months ago by E. V. Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling read
We were completely entraced by this great book - having read other Percy titles, it was lovely to have another one to get our teeth into. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mulvguern
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great bedtime book
A must for all parents. A well written book that keeps my daughter interested from cover to cover, with brilliant pictures to bring the story to life.
Published 20 months ago by E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect Percy!
We all love a bit of Percy the park keeper, and this one is just as good. Its not an absolute favourite of the owner (that is The Secret Path) but it makes for a bit of bedtime... Read more
Published 23 months ago by L. J. Main
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
A lovely story of how Percy creates a (non intended) flying lawn mower and takes the animals on a ride being watched by the sheep below. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by Sarah Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Percy the Park Keeper's Bumpy Ride
Tales From Percy's Park - Percy's Bumpy RidePercy the Park keeper books are a big favourite in this household - they are read over and over again. Read more
Published on 9 July 2011 by Issie's Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd hand book with 1st class service
Delighted with the exceptional quality of this 2nd hand book and the saving i made on the original price. Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by p1 teacher
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