How to draw a beach hut Real Easy

Beachhut-smallBe a bit creative with your drawing and post it to the Your Shoo Rayner Drawings google+ community page. You might win the Shoo Rayner Drawing Prize! Find out more about that here:

Slim School

ricky-1I have been at Slim School in Northern Germany this week. Slim was the Second World War General commanding the force in Burma. My father fought with him and was saved from a particularly bloody battle at Kohima when Slim finally arrived to relieve the beleaguered and much diminished garrison.

Yes, Slim is a Services school. Most of the children are army children, as I was myself. The children will soon all be moving back to the UK so, sadly, the school will be closing down at the end of the year.

We have been writing and drawing stories, based on my characters, all week. We had a great afternoon in the hall, sharing the great work the children have done this week.

These illustrations are by Year One children, who have been drawing themselves as Ricky Rocket and writing hilarious stories about what they would take from Earth to a show and tell day with aliens in space.

Well done and thanks to all at Slim. Enjoy the rest of the year and good luck to you al wherever you end up!

Make your Own Nativity Scene this Christmas

Why not make your own Christmas Nativity scene this christmas? You can watch all the videos in this playlist and make your own or just download the pdf and het going right away!

Download and printout your own Navity now!

With both black and white drawings for you to colour-in and the full colour versions that are ready to cut out and make, that’s a bit of a Christmas bargain!

If you are following the stable-making videos the two Pdfs below are free and will make things much easier for you!

Click to download the Free character stands sheet

Click to download the Free character stands sheet

Click to download the Free basic Stable Plan

Click to download the Free basic Stable Plan

New look website

I’ve been doing some work to the look of my website. Over the years it had picked up a lot of bad habits and was running very slowly. I hope I’ve speeded it up a bit!

Denbighshire Libraries Book Week

The Shoo Rayner Book Shrine in Rhyl Library!

The Shoo Rayner Book Shrine in Rhyl Library!

I had a wonderful time in Denbighshire last week, meeting old friends in the Libraries.

I was reading my new book, Dragon Gold, to schools that came to see me in Denbigh, Ruthin and Rhyl Libraries. My trip also gave me the opportunity to pop into Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch, a Welsh Language medium school where I am their English Patron of Reading.

I really got to grips with presenting Dragon Gold this time. I’ve never written about magic before and was unaware of it’s power in storytelling. The children’s mouths were all open as I described the moment that Harri’s Dragon egg is made!

Thanks to everyone who came and made it such fun. I had time to do some drawing with some of the schools and they all did amazing dragon drawings, as you can see!