- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (5 Nov. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000664712X
- ISBN-13: 978-0006647126
- Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 23.4 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Q Pootle 5 Paperback – 5 Nov 2001
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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.
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.”
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''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
From the Back Cover
'Q Pootle five has landed.
He has come to earth.
But earth is not where Q Pootle 5 wants to be.'
Q Pootle five is on his way to a moon party but one of his rocket boosters won't boost and his spaceship just won't fly. The worried little alien enlists some help. But will a small green frog, three birds and a cat called Colin really be able to fix the spaceship and get Q Pootle to his party on time?
"All the classic Butterworth hallmarks of originality, imagination and gentle humour."
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Top Customer Reviews
With special emphasis upon PSHE (team work, cooperation, consideration for others and acceptance of different social and cultural backgrounds), there is something for the majority of children to become enthralled with. The end pullout page is also an extra special touch that can even receive gasps from unsuspecting pupils!
The book lays very clear foundations to discuss any number of topics across the curriculum, including Science (space, habitats, forces), Literacy (styles of language, what makes character's name sound alien?) Art and, as mentioned, PSHE. For whole class discussion, it is best suited to KS1.
The simple story features an endearing alien named Q Pootle 5 who, on his way to Z Pootle 6's moon party, crashes to Earth (cue screeching and crashing sounds from parent and child). Q Pootle 5 then tries to enlist the help of various earthlings to repair his spacecraft and resume his journey to the moon.
The illustrations are charming, but the highlight comes at the end with a spectacular fold-out picture of the moon party. As a way of getting very young children interested in the universe, this is an excellent and fun story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nick butterwoth never fails to amaze. Nice little story and very visual. Look out for a really nice last page poster print.Published 7 months ago by Michelle Harris