Win exclusive signed artwork & books for “Say Hello to Q Pootle 5”

 Today sees the launch of a brand new show on CBeebies as the lovable little alien Q Pootle 5 stars in his own programme, making the leap from page to screen. To celebrate we have a special guest blog form his creator, Nick Butterworth, and we also have 5 copies of the book to give away and 5 prints of some exclusive artwork from the series, both signed by Nick Butterworth. To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave a comment at the end of this blog post.


Q Pootle 5, the friendly little alien who first appeared in the best-selling Q Pootle 5 - book coverbooks by the hugely popular children’s author and illustrator Nick Butterworth, has made the leap from page to screen. Creative and resourceful, Q Pootle 5 and his friends find fun and adventure wherever they go, with stories that will spark children’s imaginations everywhere! Q Pootle 5 will air weekdays at 8.15am on CBeebies from Monday 29th July.

Here Nick Butterworth explains the inspiration behind the series.

Where did Q Pootle 5 come from? Well, he sort of popped out of my pencil one day! I was doodling whilst musing about creating a new character for a children’s book and this friendly little alien just materialised!

The eventual books, Q Pootle 5 and Q Pootle 5 in Space proved very popular and there was early interest in turning the books into a TV series, but, for various reasons, it was not to be. Not until my son, Ben, made a radical suggestion.

‘We can do this,’ he said.

The ‘we’ was Ben and myself and my wife Annette. (Ben’s background is in film and TV and Annette, an English and drama teacher, turned writer, has been my business partner for . . . ever!) Ben’s idea was that we form a production company with a view to making the series ourselves.

It was daunting, but also very exciting. We formed Snapper Productions with the aim of turning Q Pootle 5 into a high quality children’s TV series. We knew what we wanted: fun characters with real personalities. Funny and engaging stories that would resonate with children and parents.

We had a lot to learn, on the hoof and very quickly. How would it be financed? Who would do the animation? Who would write fifty two episodes?! Who would broadcast the series?

Ben’s talents and his ‘can do’ attitude were a huge asset. He donned his producers hat and soon, we were meeting with all kinds of people, those we would need to collaborate with if our goal was to be realised.

I was given a ‘hat’ of my own. Two in fact! I’m not entirely sure what Executive Producer actually means! I do know what Series Designer means. It entails producing a huge number of drawings that set the style for characters, spaceships, backgrounds and all sorts of props, so that a small army of very talented people at our animators, Blue Zoo, can do their own magic and bring Q Pootle 5 and his friends to life.

Q Pootle 5 CBeebies

Because of the quirkiness of the world of Q Pootle 5, it was important for us to have the right creative partners. People who ‘got’ the ethos of the series. For children, especially preschool children, imagination trumps reality. My own grandson sat in a cardboard box in the garden for ages, recently, happily pretending to be flying a spaceship. In Q Pootle 5’s world there are echoes of this, where tin cans become rocket boosters, and hair dryers become lateral stabilising jets.

We have a small writing team who really understand the subtlety of this and it’s the same for all the other creative areas; actors voicing the characters, music and not least our animators, Blue Zoo, a British company who have produced a stunning quality of work.

And now, at last, we’re ready. Stand by Q Pootle 5. Stand by Oopsy, Groobie, Eddi Stella, Ray and Bud-D. Oh, and Planet Dave. We have lift off!


Be sure to tune in with your little ones to watch Q Pootle 5. We have 5 signed copies of the book and 5 signed prints of exclusive artwork form the series to give away to 5 lucky winners. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog and from all comments received by 31st August we will pick 5 lucky winners. Usual Netmums terms and conditions apply. See all Netmums competitions.

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112 Responses to Win exclusive signed artwork & books for “Say Hello to Q Pootle 5”

  1. Emma Weiss says:

    My Little Girl has been really excited about watching Q Pootle 5 after seeing all the clips of it on Cbeebies! This morning she has watched the first episode with delight and an extra 4 times on iPlayer!! Its a hit! 🙂

  2. We love Q Pootle 5, really interested to see how it transfers to the screen.

  3. Looking forward to this series. Our little ‘un loves Nick’s other books to ths should be a treat

  4. Tina says:

    My 2 boys love Q Pootle 5 and cannot wait to get addicted to the tv show, too 🙂

  5. Angela Webster says:

    We watched this morning, lots of fun !

  6. Dionne Park says:

    Lovely show, my daughter loves books and cbeebies so it’s lovely that she can enjoy Q Pootle 5 in two different ways!

  7. HaekelmonsterUK says:

    My two boys love Q Pootle 5 and they cannot wait to get addicted to the tv show, too 🙂

  8. Sarah Hanmore says:

    My Daughter loved watching this on cbeebies this morning.

  9. Looking forward to seeing how the book transfers to the TV screen. All my children love reading, every year they do the local Library reading challenge! They would be delighted to win this prizw! 🙂

  10. Rajini Rajendra says:

    Can’t wait till its aired. Children are so imaginative and my Son would love the fun and adventure.

  11. I love the real thought and creativity that’s gone into creating this series from the books. The dedication to see your dreams become a reality is a great story in itself, but being able to create a series with a world of imagination really appeals to me as my daughter will no doubt love it (she is a big fan of sitting in a cardboard box ‘boat’ and row, row rowing her boat) Cant wait!

  12. Jo Herman says:

    Looks fabulous, look forward to watching it with my little lady and so lovely to read how it came about, well done! X

  13. ruby6918 says:

    children need books and need to get to know the characters and these books are perfect for this, havent seen it on tv yet, we love our local library which was going to close at one stage but thank god its still open, reading also relaxes my kids and me too

  14. Clairsi says:

    This looks like its right up my son’s street

  15. ruby6918 says:

    books are so important, we love to visit the library which was going to close but thank god they have kept it open, these books are great fun and they allow the kids to really get to know the characters, havent seen it on tv yet, keep our kids reading, its so relaxing and good for parents and little ones

  16. Trevor Raggatt says:

    Really looking forward to this. As a big sci fi geek and a fan of Nick Butterworth it’s a perfect combination! Sure it’s going to be excellent to watch with our toddler.

  17. Nicola Biven says:

    My daughter loves reading time and she really loves Nick butterworth books, would love to read these to her !

  18. Lesley says:

    My daughter is an avid reader of Nick’s books and loved the fact she can now watch it on TV and the voice is so much better than the one mummy uses

  19. Lottie2tiger says:

    This looks great, my little boy loves books and once he has seen the characters on screen it makes him even more keen. \he would really like to read this, i am sure!

  20. Jules says:

    missed show this morning, will have to watch tomorrow morning, ds luvs anything to do with aliens! 😉

  21. aimie parker says:

    my son loves Nick Butterworth and we are really excited to know that he can now watch Q Pootle 5.
    I believe books are essential and we would love to read these together 🙂

  22. skellett says:

    Such a brave step to make and it paid off well done!

  23. Shahida says:

    I had watched with my 5yr old son and 1 year old daughter, we loved it. Really enjoyed with the kids.

  24. Emma says:

    This looks great and I think my two are going to love it!

  25. Jarmila Lamplotova says:

    My little boy loves books and I really enjoy reading to him.

  26. Emma Miller says:

    My son loved watching this on Cbeebies today. We are a bog fan of Nicks books in our house too and would love this to add to our collection.

  27. Penny says:

    Really great to see the series this morning and well done for doing it yourselves. My nearly nine year old son loved these books when he was younger and was thrilled to watch it this morning with his 6 and 4 year old siblings. I literally screamed at them with excitement when I realised it was on. Great to see planet Dave. they all asked where the bladder monsters were so hopefully we’ll get to see them too. It’s so creative and has really captured their imagination.

  28. Elle Cowan says:

    Qpootle5 definitely seems a funky little guy, great prize!

  29. Teresa Maxwell says:

    My 2 year old would love this, must watch out for it on cbeebies! She loves books and its always nice to have the books to read to her as well as letting her watch cbeebies,

  30. shaun casey says:

    ‘Cu Puta Fie!! Cu Puta Fie!!’ At last, it’s here and peace is restored.

  31. Karen Ponte says:

    My 3 year old loved it this morning!!! New favourite I think

  32. Lynsey Blake says:

    I’m a teacher and absolutely love Q Pootle 5 and I know my school children really enjoy the stories and lessons based around them also. My own little boy is just becoming interested in space so I know that Q Pootle. 5 is going to be a regular in our house x

  33. Charlotte C says:

    This looks great, would love to win it. Reading is such a good bonding experience with children!

  34. My nephew would love this. Thanks for the comp xx

  35. ddaydreamerf says:

    My two girls cannot wait for the Pootles to arrive! I was telling them how I am sure one of The Flumps from my childhood was called Pootle!

  36. Tracy Nixon says:

    I think my two girls will love the Pootles! Even I think they are so cute and I’m BIG!!!!

  37. Paula Robertson says:

    My three year old loved watching it this morning, so much that we had to rewind it and watch it again straight away! I think it’s going to become a favourite….will have to look out for the books now as I haven’t seen them before.

  38. Victoria Hopkins says:

    My daughter loves all things alien or monsterly! She would love this.

  39. ashleigh says:

    Sounds great!

  40. Louise birch says:

    Nick butterworth is a fantastic author. The books are engaging and attractive to young children. My daughter truly enjoyed watching your new character on CBeebies and we look forward to the next! Keep up the good work and bringing enjoyment to children.

  41. marie says:

    My daughter watched it today for the first time and kept asking to watch it again and again. She LOVED it!!!

  42. Maine Blue says:

    My little girl watched this today and absolutley loved it. Dad quite enjoyed it too.

  43. Tony Lathwell says:

    we have only recently heard about Pootle, will check out CBeebues!

  44. Traceymaria says:

    My 4 year old son who has a severe expressive speech delay was found jumping with delight saying I read. At nursey … So we set the clock for 815 and its now his fav!!! Very happy boy thank you

  45. kirsty l says:

    looking forward to this looks great!

  46. Nicola says:

    We loved it this morning, and my son then wanted both Q Pootle books at bedtime 🙂

  47. Tammy Tudor says:

    I would love to win 🙂

  48. Lucy Robinson says:

    Can’t wait for this to start. Really looking forward to it. Fab giveaway. Xx

  49. Emma says:

    My 3 year old really enjoyed today’s first episode and so did my 7 year old son. They are looking forward to tomorrow’s.

  50. How exciting. Hadn’t realised Q Pootle 5 was coming to the screen. My 4 year old son loves the books, so I have no doubt this will be a huge hit.

  51. Michael clyma says:

    Q Pootle 5 rocks, the alien with style and charisma

  52. Rufaida says:

    I would love one, looking forward to watching Q pootle 5!

  53. Trisha Banks says:

    We are really excited to see the little characters brought to life. I wonder if they will be close to how they appeared in our imaginations? I’m looking forward to finding out!

  54. Pauline Aspinall says:

    My daughter just loved the eye catching characters in this, and giggled all the way through, she’s 19 months, and it was such a delight listening to her laughing. Made my day.

  55. Michele says:

    My little boy loved it, he can’t wait to see some more

  56. leanne williams says:

    We love Q Pootle 5,

  57. samantha barnes says:

    my little girl loves it!!!!! shes been looking forward to it for a little while now after seeing the ads for it on cbeebies and also bits and pieces on cbeebies website. she was particularly excited that it started yesterday on her birthday lol.

  58. Katherine Fensom says:

    My little girl loves reading books, and I am sure she will love these too.

  59. kerrywatton says:

    My girls absolutely loved it, can’t wait to see Q Pootle 5 🙂

  60. Heddwch says:

    Fantastic, Really entertaining!

  61. Ctap says:

    Love the show, absolute new fave for 2 and 4yo, they watch the episodes over and over again and then go outside to re-enact it

  62. Anja says:

    Nothing can be as good as a book, so won’t watch it on TV, but would love to read it to my son!

    • Mrs Christine Metcalfe says:

      I agree but anything written by Nick Butterworth or Mick Inkpen is so well done when it’s put on the screen it’s definitely worth watching…enjoy

  63. kelly says:

    Always looking for some new variety for my little one. Will have to check it out on iPlayer or catch it tomorrow

  64. mydaftlass says:

    My 3 year old daughter is alien-crazy and will love this! Thanks

  65. Leah says:

    Great new children’s programme!:-)

  66. Suze Allatt says:

    This looks great, never heard of Q Pootle 5 before but it looks like the sort of book and programme my little boy would really enjoy. I will look out for both!

  67. Karen Barrett says:

    Think this is going to be a favourite and on series record.

  68. Gemma Larner says:

    My little girl loved the first episode; she especially ‘robot’. We can’t wait to see the rest!

  69. S Blane says:

    Missed this morning, much to the dismay of my little girl who keeps asking about it when she sees the advert. Will have to sky plus!

  70. Sarah Queenan says:

    Love Q Pootle 5! Great to see it transferred to screen. x

  71. Caroline Knight says:

    Just brilliant, my daughter loves this, as do I, we watch together, love watching her little smiles while she’s watching!

  72. We love this show in our household! X

  73. Stacey r says:

    Can’t wait to sit down with Ava and watch this…nick butterfield is an excellent author with easy to follow stories and excellent illustrations!

  74. Deborah Blewitt says:

    I love Nick’s work and can’t wait to see it on screen. I wasn’t aware of this programme until now but I will definitely try and watch it, but even before doing so, knowing the quality of the books and having read the blog above I will be recommending it to my toddler group. Anything that encourages families to enjoy books has to be a good thing!

  75. Liza Hayward says:

    I am looking forward to showing my daughter Q Pootle, I am sure she will love it as we regularly read and watch other titles by Nick Butterworth.

  76. Ali Braid says:

    I watched Q Pootle 5 for the first time at the weekend with my toddler – he was enthralled and so was i! i think this will become a firm favourite in our house 🙂

  77. Claire Salmon says:

    How exciting.

  78. My little girl cannot wait to watch Q Pootle

  79. My son and I have enjoyed Nicks books for years and I have made several of them into storysacks for the Children’s Centre that I work for. Adding a third medium for children to enjoy his work is great, and will hopefully help to get more of our parents and children to also have a look at the books!

  80. Sian says:

    My boys will love this

  81. Aishah Latifah says:

    My son loves q poodle 5 which we only discovered this week from the library 🙂

  82. limaechopapa says:

    One of our favourites already! Beautifully done. 🙂

  83. Penni Carr says:

    oooh…my little boy loves the book Q Pootle 5 and my little girl is always entranced by the pictures. They would LOVE this!

  84. Helen Jones says:

    My 3 month old baby, Alice loves this show and we now have it on series link. This is one of the only programmes that catches her attention and she would love to win the goodies so her daddy can read the book(s) to her before she goes to bed x

  85. Helen says:

    Excellent show, Nick’s books have always been a great hit in our house and Q Pootle 5 certainly didn’t disappoint. Would definitely recommend.

  86. Andrea Turner says:

    My 4 year old son has had the Q Pootle 5 book for a while now, it’s been a firm favourite at bedtime. He was over the moon when he started to see trailers for the programme on CBeebies!!! We both love the show and have watched each episode at least 5 times, his favourite character is Pootle!!

  87. carrie howcroft says:

    Looks wonderful! My kids love books and especially little aliens and space. Shall keep my eyes peeled for it airing! X

  88. Mrs Christine Metcalfe says:

    I’m a childminder we all love Q pootle 5 and anything by Nick Butterworth I have very excited children when it’s about to start on the TV but the most excited one is MEEEE it’s just brilliant

  89. Catherine says:

    Looking forward to watching Q Pootle 5 with my youngest having read the Q Pootle stories many, many times to my eldest who is now 10 who absolutely loved the books when he was younger! I can see this character becoming a favourite again in our house!

  90. looking forward to this, always glad to see something new

  91. Tanith Cogle says:

    All 3 of my older children have been huge Nick Betterworth fans like myself and once again, he has not failed to enthral my youngest who is nearly 2. I love his imaginative storylines and cute illustrations. A big thumbs up from mummy and Caelan 🙂

  92. Dona says:

    Amazing my wee boy loves it.. We just watched the pootle’s house guest! And it was brill! Can’t wait for more 🙂

  93. catherine says:

    We have always loved QPootle 5 we were soooooooooo excited to see it on tv and the programme didn’t disappoint.

  94. Amazing giveaway! Q Pootle 5 is awesome!

  95. Jane Livingston Payne says:

    My nephew loved the books ten years ago and excitedly sat down to watch the first episode with my son who is two. It is so exciting to watch them enjoying the programmes together. It is amazing how the magic of the books have been transferd onto the screen and the characters come alive!

  96. Anne McCutcheon says:

    Super prize, I would really LOVE to win this!

  97. Gillian Nolan says:

    My 4 year old daughter just loves Q Pootle 5 or ‘the Alien’ for short lol, been a big hit in our house, she would be over the moon (pardon the pun!) with a fab prize like this!

  98. love reading this authors works!

  99. Tracey Edmonds says:

    Bladder monsters couldn’t help but remind me of what we used to say when we needed the toilet “bladdered”! Couldn’t stop thinking about he connection to my irritable bowel. Still I’ve slowly digested the book and got over my ambivalence verging on irritation about the characters name I mean Q bottle 5 what a mouthful! Love the art work and think as a journey goes around space and my inward body complaints its not to bad. I look forward to the TV series as this might give me alittle more to understand.

  100. Jessica L says:

    My 3 year old is really getting into Q Pootle 5 on cbeebies. I didn’t even realise it was a book first (shame on me!).

  101. Mamo's Dad says:

    Truly wonderful. My girl was pretty hooked on “Q Pootle 5 in Space” and I nearly fell over when I saw the TV series trailered on Cbeebies.

    I fully expected to be disappointed, but it is wonderfully quirky, witty, smart and beautifully realised and we’re firm fans in these parts!

  102. My son read these at school, fab now its on tv too

  103. esme mccrubb says:


  104. Zoe Ward says:

    My son loves this show!

  105. My little boy will love this 🙂

  106. Sam Furniss says:

    My Godson adores the tv programme, if would be great a surprise to give him this on his birthday.

  107. Mark Palmer says:

    Great prize

  108. Lynne OConnor says:

    Nick Butterworth can do no wrong in our family

  109. Frances Grasby says:

    This would make a great prezzie for my cute neice,, ahe’s already a great reader

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