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Shoo Rayner - Author

About the Author

Shoo Rayner began his career as an illustrator in a garden shed near Machynlleth. He drew for Michael Morpurgo and Rose Impey, but editors kept encouraging him to write. Many years, and over 175 books later, Shoo, well known for his many fast-paced series for newly confident readers, has been building a worldwide following for his award winning how-to-draw videos on YouTube. Shoo Lives in the Forest of Dean with his wife and three cats.

Photo taken from publisher's website.

Featured books by Shoo Rayner

Dragon White

Dragon White

7+ readers

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2015

After his son was beaten in the competition to fly your own dragon in Shoo's first book about Tan, 'Dragon Gold', Ryan's dad is out for revenge. He knows there is a secret about Tan, Harri's supposedly 'toy' dragon. Ryan, Harri's new best friend, knows Tan is real and his dad forces him to give the secret away, testing Harri and Ryan's friendship to the limit. Ryan's dad is now obsessed with getting his own dragon in time for the May Parade...

ebook of the month
Dragon Gold

Dragon Gold

7+ readers

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2014

What would you do if there was a school competition to make a dragon that can fly? Ryan always wins everything, thanks to his incredibly competitive dad. Ryan will have the state-of-the-art gadget like always. Harri would love to know what it feels like to win, just once, but there's no chance. And then someone new walks into Harri's mum's shop. Someone almost invisible. What you would do if there was a competition to make a dragon - and you had a dragon? 

ebook of the month
The Christmas Stocking Joke Book

The Christmas Stocking Joke Book

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/1989

Laugh until you cry with The Christmas Stocking Joke Book by Rayner Shoo. The ideal stocking-filler, bursting with fun-filled festive jokes and cartoons, this a joke book every child will love. A trusted Christmas favourite!

Other books by Shoo Rayner

A Helping Hand Band 6/Orange

A Helping Hand Band 6/Orange

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2019

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Twiggy the stick insect decides to leave the safety of his tree and see if he can help his fellow neighbours. But will they take his generosity for granted? This funny story is wonderfully written and illustrated by Shoo Rayner. Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. The focus sounds in this book are: /ee/ y, e, ey /j/ g, ge, dge /oo/ u /w/ wh /v/ ve /igh/ y /c/ ch /f/ ph /ai/ a, eigh /s/ se /z/ se /l/ le /ch/ t, tch Pages 22 and 23 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Hounds of Horror

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Hounds of Horror

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2019

What happens when Dug and his sister, Mini have to cross the woods to find Grandma ... at the same time as a pack of hungry wolves are out? This brilliant new mini series introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading. Each book is book banded at level 9 or 10, perfect for 6-8 year old independent readers.

Pandora The most Curious Girl in the World

Pandora The most Curious Girl in the World

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2018

Pandora The most Curious Girl in the World

Pandora The most Curious Girl in the World

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2018

Euclid The Man Who Invented Geometry

Euclid The Man Who Invented Geometry

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Archimedes The Man Who Invented the Death Ray

Archimedes The Man Who Invented the Death Ray

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2017

The Christmas Stocking Joke Book

The Christmas Stocking Joke Book

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Viking Vik Three Exciting Viking Stories

Viking Vik Three Exciting Viking Stories

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Dug in Danger

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Dug in Danger

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2017

This brilliant mini series for the independent reader introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated in colour by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. Follow Dug and family as he races against a raging river to save his pet wolf, Woof and his family's tent! You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too! Race Ahead with Reading is a perfect introduction to reading chapters. There is a sense of achievement at completing each chapter and the series encourages children to really take the driving seat with their reading. Each book is book banded at level 9 or 10, perfect for 6-8 year old fluent, independent readers who want to build confidence and really race ahead with their reading!

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Midsummer Mayhem

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Midsummer Mayhem

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2017

When Dad celebrates the first glimpse of Midsummer sun, Dug wonders how they can keep track of the sun's movements. With the help of some sticks, heavy stones and oxen Dug comes up with a brilliant plan - but can he keep out of trouble? This brilliant new mini series introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with original, page turning reads in five bite size chapters.

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Metal Man

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Metal Man

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2017

This brilliant new mini series introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too! In this story, Dug is bored, but then he watches Mini creating rock babies and gets an idea - why not create his very own metal man! The first ingredient is wax from honeycomb - and that means collecting some from a nest of angry bees...! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading. Each book is book banded at level 9 or 10, perfect for 6-8 year old independent readers.

Little Horrors Shiver with Fear - Shake with Laughter!

Little Horrors Shiver with Fear - Shake with Laughter!

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2016

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Hounds of Horror

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Hounds of Horror

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2016

What happens when Dug and his sister, Mini have to cross the woods to find Grandma ... at the same time as a pack of hungry wolves are out? This brilliant new mini series introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading. Each book is book banded at level 9 or 10, perfect for 6-8 year old independent readers.

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Metal Man

Race Ahead With Reading: Bronze Age Adventures: Metal Man

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2016

This brilliant new mini series introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too! In this story, Dug is bored, but then he watches Mini creating rock babies and gets an idea - why not create his very own metal man! The first ingredient is wax from honeycomb - and that means collecting some from a nest of angry bees...! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading. Each book is book banded at level 9 or 10, perfect for 6-8 year old independent readers.

Monster Boy Three Monster Stories

Monster Boy Three Monster Stories

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2016

Scaredy Cats

Scaredy Cats

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2016

Ricky Rocket - Ricky Rocks the Planet!

Ricky Rocket - Ricky Rocks the Planet!

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2016

Dragon White

Dragon White

7+ readers

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2015

After his son was beaten in the competition to fly your own dragon in Shoo's first book about Tan, 'Dragon Gold', Ryan's dad is out for revenge. He knows there is a secret about Tan, Harri's supposedly 'toy' dragon. Ryan, Harri's new best friend, knows Tan is real and his dad forces him to give the secret away, testing Harri and Ryan's friendship to the limit. Ryan's dad is now obsessed with getting his own dragon in time for the May Parade...

ebook of the month
Tak Tak Level 4

Tak Tak Level 4

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Collins Big Cat Arabic is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 4 books are for children who are ready to start to read stories with simple single words or non-verbal sentences with 2 or 3 short words, and with total support through illustrations and extensive use of repetition. Double spacing is used between words to ensure children see where each new word in a sentence begins and ends, with the focus on reading core words. It's a game of hide and seek and Baba the crab is looking for Tutu, but he can't find him anywhere. As he hunts around the seabed he finds lots of other crabs in different hiding places, but will he ever find Tutu? Written and illustrated by Shoo Rayner this is a fun story with lively, colourful artwork.

Sesame and Apricot Level 3 (Kg)

Sesame and Apricot Level 3 (Kg)

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 3 books introduce the concept of the `story', and include simple phonic sounds and very high-frequency words with simple spellings. Sesame and Apricot love to chase each other - along the street, through the park, round and round... But when one animal is in trouble, the other is sure to help. Shoo Rayner's illustrations in this wonderfully humorous book bring the two central characters vividly to life, and provide lots for beginner readers to talk about. Included at the end of the book, following the story, is a simple story map that can be used to recap and check understanding. Lively and engaging illustrations to keep children interested

Fighting Forum Book 5

Fighting Forum Book 5

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2015

Gladiators arrive at Fort Finis Terrae and put on a thrilling show. Brit gets tricked by Druscilla into fighting Brutus, the boss's son! He knows he mustn't win, but he also doesn't want to lose. With the help of a new young gladiator, Brit learns some unexpected fighting tricks!

Roman Brit: Stinkius Maximus Book 3

Roman Brit: Stinkius Maximus Book 3

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2015

It's the smelliest winter Brit can remember - the heating is broken, and the toilets have frozen solid! Will Brit have to crawl into the icy, pongy sewer, or can his BIG new friend help him fix the heating system in time?

Roman Brit: Dead Heat Book 6

Roman Brit: Dead Heat Book 6

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2015

It's a boiling hot summer in Fort Finis Terrae! The locals are getting restless, and demand a sacrifice to try and end the drought. Will Brit and Festus be forced to give up their new best friend Romeo the hare?

The Ginger Ninja

The Ginger Ninja

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/03/2015

The Big, Bad City Band 07/Turquoise

The Big, Bad City Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

Little Red Hen is looking for Granny's house in the big, bad city. Should she trust the smiley stranger who wants to help her? * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - A traditional tale * The story is followed on pages 22 and 23 by a map of Mr Fox's whole route, which is a great way to recap and discuss the story with children and gives an opportunity to extend into further work outside the reading session. * Curriculum links: geography: `Pupils should be taught to use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map'.

SuperDad

SuperDad

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2014

Dragon Gold

Dragon Gold

7+ readers

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2014

What would you do if there was a school competition to make a dragon that can fly? Ryan always wins everything, thanks to his incredibly competitive dad. Ryan will have the state-of-the-art gadget like always. Harri would love to know what it feels like to win, just once, but there's no chance. And then someone new walks into Harri's mum's shop. Someone almost invisible. What you would do if there was a competition to make a dragon - and you had a dragon? 

ebook of the month
Project X Origins: Yellow Book Band, Oxford Level 3: Food: What's for Lunch?

Project X Origins: Yellow Book Band, Oxford Level 3: Food: What's for Lunch?

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In this non-fiction book, What's for Lunch?, Max explores the types of food you find in lunchboxes and looks at where the fruit and dairy products come from. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Red Book Band, Oxford Level 2: Pets: Pickles' New Home

Project X Origins: Red Book Band, Oxford Level 2: Pets: Pickles' New Home

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Pickles' New Home, Ant's hamster, Pickles, gets a brand new cage. Cat and Ant shrink and turn Pickles' new cage into an adventure playground. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Pink Book Band, Oxford Level 1+: My Family: Tiger's Family

Project X Origins: Pink Book Band, Oxford Level 1+: My Family: Tiger's Family

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Tiger's Family Tiger's Mum makes cakes. This is great until they fall on the floor! Fortunately Mum is on hand to make some more. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Purple Book Band, Oxford Level 8: Buildings: The Snow Den

Project X Origins: Purple Book Band, Oxford Level 8: Buildings: The Snow Den

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Team X are enjoying the snow in The Snow Den when they have the great idea of keeping warm by building an igloo. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7: Hide and Seek: Hide and Cheat

Project X Origins: Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7: Hide and Seek: Hide and Cheat

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Hide and Cheat follows Team X as they enjoy a game of hide and seek, but we soon discover who is playing by the rules and who is cheating - especially with the help of the new micro-tracking device on Cat's watch! Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Head to Head: Power Racers

Project X Origins: Gold Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Head to Head: Power Racers

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Power Racers follows Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger as they compete in a car racing game, which they found in Tiger's garage. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Orange Book Band, Oxford Level 6: Invasion: Go Away, Molly!

Project X Origins: Orange Book Band, Oxford Level 6: Invasion: Go Away, Molly!

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Go Away, Molly! Max's little sister Molly wants to play with Max, but Max just wants to read his comic. When Max shrinks, he finds some quiet places to read, but Molly soon shakes things up when she finds the toys Max is hiding in. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Light Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 4: Toys and Games: Robo-Rex

Project X Origins: Light Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 4: Toys and Games: Robo-Rex

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Robo-Rex, Tiger's toy robot accidently turns into a giant when Tiger presses his watch. Luckily, Tiger has an idea to stop Robo-Rex and switch him off just in time! Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Purple Book Band, Oxford Level 8: Habitat: The Monster of the Deep

Project X Origins: Purple Book Band, Oxford Level 8: Habitat: The Monster of the Deep

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The Monster of the Deep, Team X decide to clean the rubbish out of the pond in the park. However, they soon discover something lurking in the water and must act quickly to save the fish. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Dark Claw

Dark Claw

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2013

Bluebeard's Cat - Scaredy Cats

Bluebeard's Cat - Scaredy Cats

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Map Pad Band 01a Pink/Band 10 White

Map Pad Band 01a Pink/Band 10 White

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Follow Dan as he uses his computer Map Pad to guide him on a treasure hunt. This funny story is written by well-known children's author and illustrator Shoo Rayner. *Collins Big Cat Phonics Progress books are specifically designed for struggling readers, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. This title has a text level of Band 1A / Pink A, which offers emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations, and an interest level of Band 10 / White. *Text type: A humorous story *Children can recap Dan's treasure hunt using the story map on pages 14 to 15. *Curriculum links: Citizenship

Frankatstein - Scaredy Cats

Frankatstein - Scaredy Cats

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2013

Fly Away Home Band 01b/Pink B

Fly Away Home Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Poor Ladybird is lost and flies around the garden looking for somewhere she can call home. Her early efforts are rebuffed by the other animals, until finally she finds somewhere she can be happy: a ladybird-patterned T-shirt, where other ladybird friends soon come to join her. * Pink B/ Band 1B books offer emergent readers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A patterned story with predictable structure. * The storymap on pages 14 and 15 shows the route Ladybird took in search of a home, providing opportunities for speaking and listening.

Axel Storm: Death Valley

Axel Storm: Death Valley

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Axel Storm's parents are rock stars - and they just want Axel to be a normal boy! But when he goes to stay with his crazy uncles, Axel always ends up stealing the show... Axel Storm is in hot, dusty Death Valley to help his uncle round up the cattle for winter. But when the huge beasts go on the rampage, Axel has to act fast! Can he use his cowboy skills to stop the terrifying stampede?

Axel Storm: Cola Power

Axel Storm: Cola Power

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2011

Axel Storm's parents are rock stars - and they just want Axel to be a normal boy! But when he goes to stay with his crazy uncles, Axel always ends up stealing the show... Axel Storm's uncle has invented an amazing new plane which could change the future of travel - but only if it wins the Power Cola Flying Competition! Axel must take to the skies in his toughest challenge yet...

Nip Nip! Band 01a/Pink a

Nip Nip! Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

It's a game of hide and seek and Dad the crab is looking for Tim, but he can't find him anywhere. As he hunts around the seabed he finds lots of other crabs in different hiding places, but will he ever find Tim? Written and illustrated by Shoo Rayner this is a fun story with lively, colourful artwork. * Pink/1A - a simple story with a familiar setting * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are s, a, t, i, p, n, m, d * A picture of the seabed on pages 14-15 shows all the crabs and their hiding places to help children recap the story

Monster Boy: Minotaur Maze

Monster Boy: Minotaur Maze

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2009

Mission Alert! Mino the Minotaur is missing! Connor must investigate, which means going into the dark, terrifying maze where the monster was last seen. Has Connor met his match?

Monster Boy: Dino Destroyer

Monster Boy: Dino Destroyer

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Mission Alert! T-Rex is on the rampage! He's chomping through everything in sight. Can Connor stop him before he destroys the town?

Rigby Star Guided: Year 2/P3 Turquoise Level: Guided Reader Pack Framework Edi

Rigby Star Guided: Year 2/P3 Turquoise Level: Guided Reader Pack Framework Edi

Author: Shoo Rayner, Julia Donaldson, Jillian Powell, Jane Langford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2009

Rich, multi-layered stories and texts with cross-curricular links specially developed for guided reading by top-quality authors and illustrators. Every title has its own Teaching Version which provides page-by-page support to develop word recognition and language comprehension skills. Expertly levelled to Book Bands ensuring the right book is used at the right time for every child. Every title has links through to learning objectives and Assessment Focuses.

Viking Vik: Viking Vik and the Trolls

Viking Vik: Viking Vik and the Trolls

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2008

Watch out - there are giant Trolls about! But the sweetest, juiciest cloudberries grow on the other side of the bridge. Will Viking Vik, Freya and Wulf get across to pick them without being eaten alive?

Viking Vik: Viking Vik and the Longship

Viking Vik: Viking Vik and the Longship

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2008

The Longships have gone to sea, leaving Viking Vik behind. Wulf wants to sail after them. But a storm is coming and something strange is swimming towards them. Could it be the legendary Sea Serpent?

Just So Stories: How The Leopard Got His Spots

Just So Stories: How The Leopard Got His Spots

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2008

The Leopard is happy to be sandy-yellow and greyish-brown all over. But when he goes to the speckly-spickly forest, he begins to wonder if spots would be better...

Just So Stories: How The Whale Got His Throat

Just So Stories: How The Whale Got His Throat

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2008

When the Whale has eaten up every fish he can find. Can the little fish escape the big Whale? And what happens when the Whale finds out that Man tastes nice too?

Just So Stories: How The Camel Got His Hump

Just So Stories: How The Camel Got His Hump

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2008

Is the Camel the laziest creature on earth? The other Animals want to get him out of the Howling Desert to do his fair share of work. Can the Jinn help?

The Monster Joke Book Band 12/Copper

The Monster Joke Book Band 12/Copper

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

What do monsters eat for breakfast? Dreaded Wheat! is just one joke from this extended collection of monster jokes that are arranged by theme. Some jokes will be familiar to children and some will make them groan with delight. Colourful pictures help bring the jokes to life. * Copper/ Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - A joke book. * An advert for a 'Monster comedy night' is included on pages 30 and 31. This can be used to help readers think about how they might promote their own Monster Comedy Night. * Curriculum links - ICT: Combining text and graphics. * This book is paired with a non-fiction book on a similar theme: Weird Little Monsters by Nic Bishop.

Bot on the Moon Band 02b/Red B

Bot on the Moon Band 02b/Red B

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Bot , the golf-loving robot, is going for a trip in his rocket ship. Find out what happens when he lands on the moon, in this funny book by author/illustrator Shoo Rayner. * Red / Band 2B - A simple fantasy story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes practised in this book are oo (moon), z and ar. Other phonemes practised are sh and ng. * A story map on the final spread lets children recap and discuss the story. * Shoo Rayner also wrote Red 2A Cat and Dog in a Mess. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Cat and Dog in a Mess Band 02a/Red a

Cat and Dog in a Mess Band 02a/Red a

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

When Cat and Dog play in the park, Dog gets into a mess. Cat tries to tidy him up, but ends up getting even messier! This funny story features the lively characters Cat and Dog and is written by Shoo Rayner, author of Red 2B Bot on the Moon. This is a Red A/Band 2A book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme and is a simple story of fiction with a familiar setting for early readers. Character profiles on the final spread help children compare and contrast Cat and Dog. The focus phonemes in this book are e, s and c (ck). Other phonemes practised are a, t, i, n ,c, o, r, m, d, g, u, l, h ,f and b. Cat and Dog in a Mess is paired with the simple non-fiction recount about cats, Red 2A Pet Cat, Big Cat. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. More stories about Cat and Dog can be found in Collins Big Cat guided reading series. Cat and Dog in a Mess is one of the top 10 books found to be `easiest' to read - most accessible and appropriate for the reading level - in the 2019 What Kids are Reading report from Renaissance Learning. Other top 10 `easiest' books to read from the report include Bad Bat (9780007412891), No, Sid, No! (9780007421923), Sam and the Nut (9780007334995), The Magic Egg (9780007329182), Best Bird (9780007412853), Get Fit (9780007421961) and Got It! (9780007421930).

Cat and Dog Play Hide and Seek Band 02a/Red a

Cat and Dog Play Hide and Seek Band 02a/Red a

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Shoo Rayner's comic duo play hide and seek, with hilarious consequences, in this lively story with a predictable structure and patterned language. Where is Cat? Dog is looking in all the wrong places: under the table, behind the chair. Finally, Cat's whereabouts become apparent when Dog switches on the light. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type - A story with a predictable structure and patterned language. * A story map on pages 14 and 15 illustrates an aerial view of the route that Dog takes. * A wordless text featuring Cat and Dog is also available. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Rigby Star Guided Year 2/P3 Turquoise Level Guided Reader Set

Rigby Star Guided Year 2/P3 Turquoise Level Guided Reader Set

Author: Shoo Rayner, Julia Donaldson, Jillian Powell, Jane Langford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2005

Part of Rigby Star Guided series this is the only programme built specifically for guided reading. Its rich, multi-layered stories and non-fiction texts by top quality authors and illustrators are guarantreed to captivate children and facilitate discussion.

Scaredy Cats: Bluebeard's Cat

Scaredy Cats: Bluebeard's Cat

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2005

Hear the tale of Bluebeard's cat - and her master's nasty, spooky secret...

Scaredy Cats: Catula

Scaredy Cats: Catula

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2005

Hear the tale of Dr Catula, the vet who adores cats so much they'll never escape his clutches!

Cat and Dog Band 00/Lilac

Cat and Dog Band 00/Lilac

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Cat steps out through the cat flap, unaware that Dog is about to pounce. A frantic chase follows, which almost ends in catastrophe. But there is a suprise twist in the tale when Dog rescues Cat. * Lilac/Band 0 - wordless book that tells a story through pictures and is designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Text type - Fiction. * The final spread shows the route of Cat and Dog's chase through the park and can be used by the children to discuss and retell the story. * Shoo Rayner also wrote and illustrated the Pink B story, Fly Away Home * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

Fly Away Home Band 01b/Pink B

Fly Away Home Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2004

Poor Ladybird is lost and flies around the garden looking for somewhere she can call home. Her early efforts are rebuffed by the other animals, until finally she finds somewhere she can be happy: a ladybird-patterned T-shirt, where other ladybird friends soon come to join her. * Pink B/ Band 1B books offer emergent readers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A patterned story with predictable structure. * The storymap on pages 14 and 15 shows the route Ladybird took in search of a home, providing opportunities for speaking and listening. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

Little Horrors: The Shadow Man

Little Horrors: The Shadow Man

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2004

Yeeerk! Sam and Kim are scared of their own shadows after playing the spooky Shadow Man game. The creature wasn't for real, was it? Or could the freaky footsteps behind them belong to a real shadowy spectre? More frighteningly funny stories!

Little Horrors: The Bogey Man

Little Horrors: The Bogey Man

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2004

Urgle-gah!Sam and Kim are freaked out when they see that the model of teh BOgey Man is missing fr the Ghost Train. Are they just a couple of scaredy-cats? Or could one of the grisly ghoulies have come alive for the ride?More frighteningly funny stories!

Rigby Star Independent Orange Reader 3: Home Sweet Home

Rigby Star Independent Orange Reader 3: Home Sweet Home

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2003

Rigby Rocket offers a wide range of engaging stories and non-fiction texts. Written by much-loved children's authors, the books have been expertly levelled to ensure your children are able to read them independently.

Craig M'Nure

Craig M'Nure

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2002

This book is suitable for reluctant readers of 8-13 with a reading age of eight years. It is printed on cream paper, which is proven to be more restful on the eye. The font is specially designed to encourage a smooth and easy read. There are frequent page breaks, short, headed chapters and illustrations on almost every page. A wide range of specialists, including children themselves, have read and commented on the book prior to publication.

Little Horrors: The Spider Man

Little Horrors: The Spider Man

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2002

Uurgh!Sam and Kim tremble with terror when they meet the strange Spider Man. Is he just spinning them a yarn? Or will they get caught in his sticky web? More frighteningly funny stories!

Road Rage

Road Rage

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2002

Dark Claw is enraged that brave young warrior Muss, Onlee One, has foiled him in his attempts to control the universe, and seize power over all the vile Muss. But the evil Khat is more determined than ever to destroy them, and Onlee One in particular! Enlisting the help of the slimy and devious Rat queen, Ratula, Dark Claw hatches a plan to kidnap Onlee, and his horrid little friends, Chin Chee and Hammee. No one can resist the allure of Road rage-racing, and Dark Claw is hoping that Onlee One's competitive streak will be his undoing. But is he right? We'll have to wait and see . . .

Lighthouse Year 1 Green: Laughing Hyena

Lighthouse Year 1 Green: Laughing Hyena

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2001

This collection of infant reading books works as the skills-focused backbone of guided reading resources, with step-by-step skills coverage and the full range of genre. The scheme correlates to the NLS and the Scottish 5-14 Attainment targets for children. The readers in this scheme feature a wide range of genres (including non-fiction) and are levelled to Book Bands , the grading system recommended by the NLS. Within each Lighthouse band the books are organized in order of challenge, so each session moves children on. Each reader has an accompanying teaching notes booklet which gives guidance on teaching a range of reading skills.

Rigby Star Guided 2, Turquoise Level: Is the Wise Owl Wise? Pupil Book (single)

Rigby Star Guided 2, Turquoise Level: Is the Wise Owl Wise? Pupil Book (single)

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2000

Genre: Animal Fantasy story Learning Objectives: Language Comprehension Strand 8: Engage with books by exploring interpretations. Writing Opportunities Strand 9: Draw on knowledge and experience of texts in deciding and planning what and how to write (e.g. using text as a model for structuring own writing).

Aunt Jinksie's Miracle Seeds

Aunt Jinksie's Miracle Seeds

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/1996

LET YOUR IMAGINATION TAKE OFF WITH COLOUR JETS Irresistible stories for children who are beginning to enjoy reading alone. Juniper's family is unusual, especially her aunt Jinksie. She's a brilliant research scientist, although no one knows what goes on in her secret lab. When a tropical rain forest suddenly appears in the back garden, Juniper has no doubts about who is to blame. And when the mutant plants go on the rampage, Aunt Jinksie is called on to save the day -- if she can!

Ginger Ninja 2 Return Of Tiddles

Ginger Ninja 2 Return Of Tiddles

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/1995

Just when the pupils at St Felix School are starting to relax, Tiddles, the terror, is back to his old tricks again. Tiddles can't stand it that Ginger is more popular, better at pawball, and owner of the best fishybix in town - and he means to get his revenge on the school hero, and teach him a lesson he won't forget. But the Ginger Ninja is one step ahead of him - of course!

The Christmas Stocking Joke Book

The Christmas Stocking Joke Book

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/1989

Laugh until you cry with The Christmas Stocking Joke Book by Rayner Shoo. The ideal stocking-filler, bursting with fun-filled festive jokes and cartoons, this a joke book every child will love. A trusted Christmas favourite!

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