I'm an author, storyteller, illustrator and YouTube creator having written and illustrated over two hundred books that span the ability and interest of primary school children. IO' have visited hundreds of schools, worldwide, so I have a huge amount of experience fitting in with themes, curricula and timetables - I understand that flexibility is the keyword in a primary school day! I like to think that in me you will have a safe pair of hands to make your day a success, enthusing children to read, draw and write.
I have two successful drawing channels on YouTube Shoo Rayner Drawing and Drawstuffrealeasy where I show how to draw just about anything. Love showing children (and adults!) how to draw. The drawings often become first drafts that enthuse reluctant writers to fill the page with writing around the illustration.
I've written many series books like The Ginger Ninja - Viking Vik - Ricky Rocket - Axel Storm - Olympia
My more recent trilogy is for upper primary - Dragon Gold - Dragon White & Dragon Red and coming in January - Walker - The boy who can speak to dogs.
My latest picture book, Pandora: The most Curious Girl in the World, is proving to be a great favourite in schools, for both drawing and story starting - How curious are you? What would be in your box? As well as adding a new slant on the ancient Greek Myth.
My preferred day starts with a 20 minute whole school introduction assembly, followed by three one hour story/illustration workshops. I choose one of my books to suit the children, or a curriculum theme you are working on, talk about the book and its creation and perform it. I show the children how I draw the characters and show them how to draw it too - have pencils and paper ready! (Schools are always amazed by the results of these drawings!)
I have visited a lot of schools, so I have learned to be very adaptable. If you have other ideas or a particular project you would like me to be involved in, please feel free contact me.
For a successful author visit to your school, call Shoo now on 07976 669334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have written and illustrated over 200 books across the primary age range and Illustrated over 80 titles for other authors including Rose Impey and Michael Morpurgo's MudPuddle farm series. Early readers: Ricky Rocket, Viking Vik, Roman Brit, Olympia, The Just So Stories, Axel Storm, Monster Boy and the Ginger Ninja Stem: Euclid, the man who invented geometry and Archimedes, the man whom invented the Death Ray! Drawing: Everyone Can Draw and How to draw Ancient Greek Stuff Real Easy Picturebooks: Pandora Collins Big Cat Phonics - Cat and Dog Series, Map pad, Nip! Nip!, Fly away home, The Big, Bad, City.