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Walker – The boy who can talk to dogs – Big Dog Performance

This is a live session about Walker, the boy who can talk to Dogs, that I made for the Big Dog Children’s Book Festival for Dumfries in Scotland, organised by the Wigtown Book Festival.

Go to https://www.shoorayner.com/shoosonlinebookstore/ to buy copies with signed with free poster

Sadly, due to the corona virus lockdown, the Big Dog Children’s festival is unable to go ahead as planned,but the organisers have put together a fantastic online alternative programme. @wigtownbookfest https://www.facebook.com/BigDogBookFestival/

Walker Teacher’s Pack

“Shades of 101 Dalmatians in a warm-hearted, traditional adventure story.’ say Lovereading4kids

Click here or on the picture below to download a pdf Teacher Pack of resources for this book. There are colouring sheets, a comprehension crossword and word search, drawing guides, map of Foxley village Interview with Shoo about the book and his work, Comprehension Quiz and discussion/writing ideas. You may need to right click the link to download and save to your computer. Feel free to print and use this resource as much as you want. You can choose to print specific pages to print on paper.

Click here to get signed copies with free posters!

Lower down on this page, you will find videos from Shoo’s award-winning YouTube Channel, talking about Walker and the making of it, showing you how to draw Characters from the book and how to draw lots of dogs!

12 Page Teacher Resource pack Pdf download

All Walker wants is a dog, but his mother is allergic. So he decides to set up his own business walking everyone else’s dogs. This works better than he could have imagined when he finds he can talk to dogs and understand what they say to him! The dogs tell him of a terrible puppy farm hidden in the woods by Arlington Wherewithall, the richest, most famous man in the area. Nobody will listen to him, so it is down to Walker and the dogs to stop the farm and save the puppies.

Here is a Virtual School Visit/Festival event for The Big Dog Festival in Dumfries in Scotland which I recorded during the Corona Virus Lockdown of 2020.

Watch these Walker Videos

Below are a series of videos about the making of Walker and how to draw different types of dogs.

What? Walker’s eyes popped wide open. “You mean you can get paid for walking dogs? Now I know what I want to do when I grow up. When can I leave school?”

Lots of How to Draw Dogs videos!

Did my editor like my artwork?


Did my editor like the artwork I finished for Walker – the boy who can talk to dogs?

She did, but she didn’t like the character in the image on the left. It reminded her of someone when she was young who she thought was a werewolf.

My immediate reaction was to think, “Oh yes! There the plot for book 4 in the series!”

A little though and I realised that wasn’t going to happen, so I made Mr Bonus, the Latvian village shop keeper and Walkers  business inspiration, look a little softer around the eyebrows. I think it make him look a bit like Lemmy from Motorhead!

Click the picture at the top to watch how I go about revising a piece of artwork.

I’ve since changed a few other illustrations as I noticed inconsistencies with the text as I went through the final edit with illustrations in place. Of course I should have noticed before I did the artwork!

Walker is out on the 14th of March and you can preorder the book at Amazon with the link below, so you can be the first to read it!