Review: After the Storm by Nick Butterworth

One day, after a particularly wild and windy evening, Percy the Park Keeper discovers on his check around the park that an old oak tree has fallen down in the storm. All of the animals who lived in the tree ask Percy to help them find a new home. He loads them up in his wheelbarrow and, after a bit of an adventure, they finally find a new place for Percy to rebuild their homes.

I really like the Percy the Park Keeper stories. They fit perfectly in that slot for picture books for older tots, those in the 3 to 6 years age range, who still want pictures with their bedtime story but need something a little more expansive than the simple one sentence per page books. The story is well written, with a noisy storm, the sadness of the loss of the animals’ homes but the reassuring, optimistic smile on Percy’s face. There’s the fun of their exploration for a new home, and really my only quibble is how on earth Percy fits himself, all the animals and all his woodwork equipment into the wheelbarrow!

Read the rest of my review for The Bookbag.


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