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BOOK REVIEW: The Rescue Party by Nick Butterworth

– Short Review –

Nick Butterworth is someone who heavily influenced my childhood and is slowly influencing my children’s too and I’m sure in a good many years he’ll be influencing my grandchildren’s childhoods – because these books live on in the hearts and minds of their readers, pure nostalgia on the page and a story that never gets old.

The Rescue Party is another instalment of the Percy the Park Keeper series and a fictional character that has inspired and been enjoyed by countless generations of young minds, and continues to do so today, being recalled in the nostalgia of parents everywhere. The Rescue Party is a brilliant story about helping your friends and that no matter how small you are you can still play your part!

The Rescue Party is another masterpiece from the great Nick Butterworth that shows a young generation the true meaning of friendship and being there to lend a helping hand.

Other books you may enjoy would include Burglar Bill & Peek-a-Boo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and One Snowy Night & After The Storm by Nick Butterworth.

 

– Longer Review –

We meet Percy enjoying a day off with his friends (the animals of his park) and they are having a perfect day doing nothing, that is until the whole day is disrupted by a little bunny that takes an unexpected fall down a covered well. Percy and his friends spring into action and set about trying to rescue their fallen friend – a terrific story with a hilarious conclusion.

What I love about Nick Butterworth’s writing is that each story he tells is full of messages and lessons for young minds, from being kind, to having hope and with The Rescue Party its about caring, helping and even the smallest of you can help be a hero.

Butterworth’s illustrations are again beautiful, and with The Rescue Party Butterworth moves us with the images that accompany his words, beautifully rich full page drawings, pull the reader in to the drama unfolding on the page – and his attention to detail is remarkable and my children loved seeing all the tiny intricacies that Butterworth has sewn into his work, and they particularly enjoyed the surprise fold out page which is something new in this 30th Anniversary edition.

A lighthearted tale set against the backdrop of a tragedy, Butterworth again produces another children’s classic – full of stunning illustrations and a story to warm the heart. Pick up these special 30th Anniversary editions – which show no signs of growing tired with age.

The Rescue Party is published by HarperCollinsChildren’s and is available here.
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Nick Butterworth

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Nick Butterworth is an award-winning writer and illustrator whose books have sold over 15 million copies worldwide in over 30 languages. His books including QPootle5, Albert Le Blanc, The Whisperer and the Percy the Park Keeper series have garnered critical acclaim, multiple television series and have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestle Children’s Books Prize, among others.

Reviewed by Ross Jeffery

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