Author(s): Nick Butterworth
When Albert le Blanc arrives in Mr JollyÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs toy shop, the other toys think heÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs the saddest-looking bear they have ever seen. They decide to put on a show to cheer him up. Albert tries to tell them heÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs not sad, he just looks sad, but they are all too busy making preparationsÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¦ As a finale, Sally the hippo puts on a lipstick and performs ballet, but she falls on top of Albert and leaves a huge lipstick grin on his face. Everyone laughsÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¦especially Albert!
An uplifting story from the creator of the best-selling Percy the Park Keeper series.
Shortlisted for LA Kate Greenaway Medal 2003 and Kate Greenaway Medal 2003.
One Snowy Night A lovely book to share at bedtime 'Children's Book News' A heartwarming 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' 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'
Nick Butterworth was born in Kingsbury, North London. He has worked as a graphic designer for major London design consultancies. Nick then moved into freelance graphics and illustrations, working in partnership with three others, including Mick Inkpen. In 1981 his first children's book was published, B. B. Blacksheep and Company. Nick has also worked as a television presenter on the children's programme Rub-a-Dub-Tub.