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One Snowy Night (Percy the Park Keeper) [Paperback]

Nick Butterworth
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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16 Sep 1992 Percy the Park Keeper
Percy the park keeper always feeds the animals in the park, but one cold winter's night he discovers that his little friends need more than food.


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Lions; New edition edition (16 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006643183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006643180
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 21.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,635 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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Percy, the park keeper, always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But on a very cold winter night his animal friends require more of him than just food. One by one they appear, shivering on his doorstep, asking for shelter. Soon there is no room in the bed for Percy.

This, the first Percy story, introduces us to an endearing and endurable character whose relationship to his animal friends is like that of a tolerant parent to mischievous children. The expressive colour illustrations perfectly complement the humorous and easy-to-read text to create the perfect book to share with young children. (Ages 2 to 6)

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‘A heartwarming bedtime tale’ Susan Hill, The Independent

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

‘Nick Butterworth is one of the best picture book writers alive…’ The Independent

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a delight 12 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My three year old asks for this book again and again and it is one of his favourite bedtime stories. He loves knocking on his bed as each animal knocks on the door and he knows certain phrases by heart and says them aloud before I get a chance to read them. It is a classic and well worth the buy.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book it was the best. 19 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This has to be my favourite book I chose it because it was exciting because with some cute cuddly characters.It was a good story it had a happy ending and I loved the illustrations.It also was one of the first book I remember my mum reading to me.My Favourite character is the little biack mole because he is not the monster you think he is,he is just a cute cuddly creature."This is'nt a monster"said Percy. "It's a mole!" Percy is the park keeper who lives in a hut in the park,he looks after the animals of the park and their homes.This is a well writen well illustrated book and it makes me feel glad that I have a lovely warm bed on cold winter nights.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Snowy Night 18 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A wonderful winters tale from Percy the parkkeeper and his friends. This is a perfect bedtime story with Percy helping his animal friends during "one snowy night". The story is humerous and endearing and my 2 and a half year old daughter loves it. Another success from a brilliant author!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 1 May 2008
Format:Paperback
It is winter and it is snowing. All through the evening, Percy gets knocks from various different animals and they all want to share the bed. The problem is the bed is too small for them all. How will all of the animals and Percy get through the night? Find out in this book... I really, really, really like Percy the Park Keeper adventures (and have got four of the books) and would definitely and positively rate this book 8/ 10. I would absolutely strongly recommend it to everyone who likes Percy the Parker as well! Nick Butterworth has done a great job with all of the books - so I look forward to read and review other of his books!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect tale for a winter's evening 27 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful, cosy, heartwarming story - which is just what a children's book should be. There is only the merest hint of realism (the fox is allowed inside with the rabbits, as long as he promises to behave) and it makes perfect bedtime reading for a chilly night.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting to read as well as listen to. 2 Feb 2007
By TG
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lovely book to read and, for my 3 year old son, listen to. Lots of actions (knocking on doors, snuggling under blankets, budging up etc), bit of a frightener (not too much) with the noise under the shed and a spot of 'who is where?'. Even explains how the fox is allowed in with the other animals.

I'll be looking to get more in the series but we're still into this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly magical story 30 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
What can I say about this truly wonderful and magical book that has not already been said. It is wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated and just the right length for a snuggly bedtime story. My son is now 4 years old and still loves to hear the stories about Percy the Park Keeper. We even purchased the DVD (which is truly wonderful too).

I personally love to read this story and have even been known to suggest it to my son for bedtime reading. If you don't already own this book, then don't hesitate to buy it today, you will not regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Lovely book for all ages. My two grandsons, aged 6 and 3 loved it and it is a big favourite for bedtime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Book used and only in good condition.
arrived early and my boy loves it x
Published 4 days ago by phillippa
5.0 out of 5 stars love this story
Lovely story - bought it to remind me of when my boys were young! they loved this story (so did I)!
Published 1 month ago by ross peter stuart mcnab
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have !
A totally beautiful story of kindness, this book will quickly become a family treasure. Stunningly illustrated with a special treat at the end
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Georgina Morley
5.0 out of 5 stars One Snowy Night
Bought for a 3 year old, lovely book for any toddler with lovely pictures and wonderful, descriptive language. Highly recommended to read with young children.
Published 5 months ago by Joy Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a favourite
Love this book and it has had many, many repeated reads. Animals are a big favourite and we have progressed on to his other books.
Published 6 months ago by Negris
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
I have bought this book several time as a gift it is a lovely story and I enjoy reading it too.
Published 6 months ago by Jonesy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Percy story
Great story. Great pictures. My 3 year old has asked for it every night since Christmas, although I have skipped the bit about "is it a monster," when all the animals are... Read more
Published 6 months ago by julie hall
5.0 out of 5 stars great childrens book
bought this for my friends daughter 7yrs old who lives in the usa, she loves the stories beautiful illustrations and even the british styling,
Published 7 months ago by P D Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Christmas tale
Delightful Christmas tale with wonderful illustrations. A lovely gift for a child the story takes you to a snowy land with wonderful creatures
Published 7 months ago by AnneM
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter books.
Our five year old loves this little book. It's a sweet story, with good illustrations that make him laugh out loud. Recommend.
Published 7 months ago by Kathryn of Canada
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