Author Archives: Shoo Rayner

New Book Cover Revealed – Walker – the boy who can talk to dogs

Today is the official reveal of my new book, Walker – the boy who can talk to dogs.

I’ve just finished the artwork and I’m so looking forward to introducing this book to children – I hope to have early copies for World Book Day. I’m booked for World Book Day week, but still have room the weeks either side.

Walker has always wanted a dog, but his mums hyper-allergic to dogs, so he can’t have one. Something he see’s on a visit to his aunt, gives him and idea, and soon he and Stella are bonding, throwing and catching sticks in Foxley Fields. Walker has no idea what is about to happen or the incredible adventure that is about to unfold.

You can pre-order at Amazon – pay no attention to what they say… publication day is 14th March. Find out a whole lot more at @ FireflyPress

Nearly Finished Artwork for Walker- The boy who can talk to dogs


In this video I do a lot of drawing and painting and talking about artwork and making children’s books as I create the final artwork for the image I prepared as a rough in the previous video 

My Editor, Janet, loved the sketches I sent her and now it is a race against time to finish the artwork for the print deadline. I need to paint at least eight images a day, preferably more. It doesn’t help that Mrs Rayner is going away for a week and I have to spend a day in London and we have builders in, who I have to lease with, and cook supper for my aged Mother and go shopping for her and me and my son… but I will get there in time, even if I have to work late in the evenings. It’s part of the “Glamour” of being an illustrator.

Actually, that sounds like the title of a video blog!

It is all painted greyscale as It is going to be a back and white book.The colour I use is:
Neutral Tint Half Pan Watercolour Paint
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Dragon Trilogy – Half Price Sale! – Free P&P (UK)

Grab Yourself a Firefly Bargain

For the next 2 days of January, my dragon trilogy books are on sale for HALF PRICE! only on the Firefly Press Website.

This is a real bargain, especially when you hear that postage and packing are completely free in the UK!

That is an offer you just can’t miss.

Ever wondered about Tân, the dragon, and how he cam to be living with Harri and how his whole world was turned upside down because he owned a real, fire-breathing dragon?

Tân is the Welsh word for fire. The trilogy roams across Snowdonia, from the fictitious St. Gertrudes – Based of Holywell, where my grandmother was born and raised – to Dinas Emrys – the fabled stronghold of Merlin the Magician. Are all the old prophecies coming true? Surely they are just old stories!

Here are the direct links:

Dragon Gold

Dragon White 

Dragon Red
While you are there, you can fill your basket up with other brilliant and award-winning books form Firefly.