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Jane Ray - Author

About the Author

As a child

Jane Ray grew up in Muswell Hill, London, in a house full of books and music (her father is a pianist). She always loved to paint and draw and first started making books at the age of five. She never much enjoyed going to school as it was an interruption to what she really wanted to do and she still can’t believe that she is actually able to earn a living, staying at home and painting and drawing.

As an adult

Jane trained at art school in 3-dimensional design (ceramics, glass-blowing, furniture and jewellery design) but came back to illustration which is what she always wanted to do when she graduated. She has worked, among other things, as a life model, a special needs teacher, a telephone cleaner and a mural artist. She has three children and works from a very nice shed at the bottom of the garden.

As an artist

Jane started out, after leaving art school, by designing greetings cards, wrapping paper, book jackets and posters, and selling her paintings. However, the making of picture books has become the most important aspect of her work and she has recently begun to write as well as illustrate. She finds the picture book to be the most satisfying of art forms. She often goes into schools to talk about her books and to work with children and finds this a stimulating alternative to the blank sheet of paper.

Things you didn't know about Jane Ray:

   1. Favourite food – Sunday roast with all the trimmings and all the family.
   2. She has two cats.
   3. She used to play the cello.
   4. She doesn’t like grapefruit.
   5. She wishes she could play the piano.
   6. She likes to sing in the bath.
   7. She doesn’t drink tea.
   8. She’d be a teacher if she wasn’t an illustrator, or she’d have a flower stall.
   9. She likes English weather!
  10. She loves her garden studio and works there every day, after a two-mile walk each morning.

 

Featured books by Jane Ray

The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

3+ readers

Author: Jane Ray Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/06/2014

Other books by Jane Ray

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Band 00/Lilac

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Band 00/Lilac

Author: Jane Ray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2019

The town of Hamelin is over-run with rats, and the mayor is getting desperate for a solution. When the mysterious Pied Piper appears their troubles seem to be over - but what happens when the mayor refuses to pay him? This wordless traditional tale is brought to life by acclaimed author and illustrator Jane Ray. * Lilac/Band 0 books are wordless books that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Text type: A wordless traditional story * Children can re-tell the story using the map on p.14-15. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Living in a Diverse World

Cinderella

Cinderella

Author: Jane Ray Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2017

A beautifully illustrated 3D retelling of one of our best-loved fairy tales, with artwork from the IBBY UK nominee for the Andersen Illustration Award 2018. A young girl with an unpleasant stepmother and two cruel stepsisters ... and a Fairy Godmother with a magic wand. The enchanting story of Cinderella is brought to life through award-winning artist Jane Ray's exquisite 3D peep-through illustrations - the six delightful fold-out scenes include a shadowy kitchen, a gorgeous nightscape in a magical garden and a sparkling ballroom filled with nobles, as well as Cinderella's iconic pumpkin coach. Illustrated in rich, dreamlike watercolours, this is the perfect gift for fans of fairy tales.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Author: Jane Ray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

The ultimate children's gift edition of the beloved classic ballet story, The Nutcracker. Christmas Eve is the most magical night of the year, when the house is scented with wood smoke and spices, and there are secrets under every bed . . . When the clock strikes midnight, Clara's new nutcracker doll comes to life and leads her on a thrilling adventure, battling with the wicked Mouse King and his troops, then journeying to the Kingdom of Sweets. Retold simply and lyrically, with enchanting illustrations that capture all the joy and excitement of Christmas, this beautiful book from award-winning book-maker Jane Ray, this is the ultimate contemporary edition of everyone's favourite Christmas ballet story!

The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales

The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales

Author: Jane Ray Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2015

The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

Author: Jane Ray Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2014

The Apple-Pip Princess

The Apple-Pip Princess

Author: Jane Ray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2008

Can the littlest princess and her tiny apple pip really bring hope and happiness back to her beloved kingdom? Sometimes it's the smallest things that make the biggest difference... This spellbinding tale with its green message from the award-winning and internationally respected Jane Ray is richly illustrated with exquisite detail. A future classic to treasure forever.

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

Author: Jane Ray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Oscar Wilde's moving story of the relationship between a magnificent statue and a little swallow is brought to life by Jane Ray's stunning artwork. Perched on high, the prince's statue can see all the misery of the city and begs the swallow to pluck off his gold leaf and distribute it amongst the poor. First published over one hundred years ago, the fairy tale is recognised as an enchanting masterpiece and this classic picture book is bound to be enjoyed by adults and children alike and treasured forever.

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

Author: Jane Ray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2005

Jane Ray's highly-acclaimed, bestselling edition of Noah's Ark has been cherished by many readers, for many years, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award in 1991. The text is taken from selected verses of Genesis, from the King James Bible. Now, with an gorgeous new-look cover, this book will retell one of the most-loved Bible stories and enchant thousands more readers for years to come.

Can You Catch a Mermaid?

Can You Catch a Mermaid?

Author: Jane Ray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2003

Have you ever seen a mermaid? Eliza has! And this is the bewitching tale of how she and a little mermaid became the most inseparable of friends . . . Eliza lives next to the sea, with her father, a fisherman. Eliza doesn't know why, but she's always felt different from the other children... So when her father goes fishing, Eliza plays alone. Until one day, a mysterious new girl appears on the beach, with long greeny-gold hair and pale, pale skin. The two soon become inseparable. But when the time comes, can Eliza let her new friend return to her home under the sea? An enchanting, touching tale about friendship, filled with a wonderful sense of magic, myth and mystery. Beautifully told and illustrated by the award-winning Jane Ray, this magical story is perfect for mermaid lovers.

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