Nick Butterworth

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Nick Butterworth
Born (1946-05-24) 24 May 1946 (age 73)
OccupationAuthor and illustrator
EducationRoyal Liberty School
GenreChildren's Fiction
SubjectPicture Storybooks
Notable worksPercy the Park Keeper
Notable awardsNestle Prize 2005
Snapper Films

Nick Butterworth (born 24 May 1946) is a British children's author and illustrator.[1]


After his education at the Royal Liberty School in Gidea Park, he left home to work as an apprentice as a typographical designer with the National Children's Home before working at Crosby Fletcher Forbes (the forerunner of design agency Pentagram) and then leaving to become a freelance graphic designer in partnership with fellow long-standing friend and children's writer and illustrator, Mick Inkpen. Their published collaborations include Just Like Jasper, Jasper's Beanstalk, The Sports Day, The Nativity Play and Wonderful Earth.

His creations include several books about Percy the Park Keeper, the first of which was entitled One Snowy Night in 1990. Percy also appeared in his own animated television series.[2]

He has written and illustrated other children's books including Thud!, The Whisperer (dedicated to Desmond Tutu and winner of the Nestle Prize 2005)[3] and two books about Q Pootle 5, a space-dweller whose friends include Oopsy, Planet Dave and Tiger.[citation needed]

Butterworth is a founding partner, with his son Ben, of Snapper Productions, producers of the CBeebies animated series Q Pootle 5. He is the executive producer of the series.[4]


  1. ^ "nick Butterworth". HarperCollins. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Percy the Park Keeper". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Children's Award Winners" (PDF). St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School. 2007: 1. Retrieved 16 May 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Q Pootle 5: From Book to TV Series". 29 July 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2018.

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