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Catherine Rayner - Author

About the Author

Catherine Rayner was born in Harrogate and now lives in Edinburgh. She has a BA Hons in Visual Communication and Illustration from Leeds College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. Much of her inspiration – and occasionally modelling! – for her illustration comes from her pets: her horse Shannon, guinea pig Marvin, dog Ellie, cat Emma and two goldfish, Bruce and Sheila. Catherine was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award Best New Illustrator in 2006, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009.

 

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Prize winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has created stunning picture books introducing delightful characters including Harris, a hare with exceptionally large feet and Ernest, a moose who is determined to get himself into a book – no mean feat when you are too big to fit in the pages. Gorgeous, warmly coloured large scale pictures lie at the heart of Catherine’s work.

Featured books by Catherine Rayner

Smelly Louie

Smelly Louie

3+ readers

Author: Catherine Rayner Illustrator: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Louie the dog has just had a bath - and he is NOT happy about it. He smells all wrong. Determined to get his Special Smell back, he goes on a hunt for it and meets lots of smelly things along the way - a fox, some interesting dustbins and a marvellously muddy puddle to roll in. Will he succeed in getting his smell back? And, more importantly, will he be able to keep it this time ...?

Smelly Louie

Smelly Louie

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Catherine Rayner Illustrator: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal  Louie the dog has just had a bath - and he is NOT happy about it. He smells all wrong. Determined to get his Special Smell back, he goes on a hunt for it and meets lots of smelly things along the way - a fox, some interesting dustbins and a marvellously muddy puddle to roll in. Will he succeed in getting his smell back? And, more importantly, will he be able to keep it this time ...?

Other books by Catherine Rayner

My Pet Goldfish

My Pet Goldfish

Author: Catherine Rayner Illustrator: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2021

A charming new Nature Storybook all about looking after goldfish - inspired by the author's own pet fish. My Pet Goldfish is a delightful picture book with facts by the Greenaway Medal-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner. The child narrating this story has been given their first ever pet: a tiny fish with shimmering scales and bright beady eyes... Their very own goldfish! Sitting alongside the gentle narrative and dynamic illustrations, the subtext introduces facts about goldfish and their care - some gentle, some funny, some fascinating - making this a perfect choice for first-time owners. Catherine Rayner has a marvellous gift for capturing the souls of animals in a few, rich washes of colour. Daily Telegraph

Mini and Hardly and the Big Adventure

Mini and Hardly and the Big Adventure

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/08/2021

Mini is small, and Hardly is smaller - and neither of them are happy about it in this gorgeously illustrated, heart-warming picture book about unicorns from Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. Mini and Hardly are fed up of being small. Being grown-up would be so much better! They could eat what they want, stay up all night, and go on adventures. So . . . why wait? But it's not long before the two little unicorns find themselves on an adventure a little bigger than they'd bargained for. Perhaps being small isn't so bad - after all, it makes you perfect for the BIGGEST cuddles.

Arlo The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep

Arlo The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2021

Arlo The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep is a beautifully illustrated story with a gentle mindfulness message from award-wining author-illustrator Catherine Rayner. Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, it's an ideal bedtime book, and especially helpful for little ones who have trouble going to sleep. Arlo the lion is exhausted. He just can't drop off, no matter what he tries. It's either too hot, or too cold; too loud or too quiet. But then he meets Owl. She can sleep through the day, which isn't easy when most other animals are awake! Will Arlo ever get any rest? Perhaps his new friend has some special tricks she can teach him.

Ernest 10th Anniversary Edition

Ernest 10th Anniversary Edition

Author: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Celebrating ten years of this much-loved story, Ernest: 10th Anniversary Edition is a wonderfully imaginative book about a moose with a big problem from the award-winning Catherine Rayner. Ernest is a rather large moose with a rather large problem. He is so big he can't fit inside his book! What is a moose to do? Luckily Ernest is also a very determined moose, and he and his little chipmunk friend aren't going to give up easily. Will they find a way for Ernest to fit in? Featuring a surprise fold-out ending, children will love this brilliantly funny book from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner, illustrator of The Go-Away Bird by Julia Donaldson. Celebrating ten years of this much-loved story, Ernest: 10th Anniversary Edition is a charming addition to every child's bookshelf.

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