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Catherine Rayner - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

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.


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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

The Go-Away Bird

The Go-Away Bird

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

From a star picture-book partnership, Julia Donaldson and the award-winning Catherine Rayner comes a gorgeous story about friendship and working together. 'The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest, With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.' One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . . The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children's author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.

Solamh an Crogall

Solamh an Crogall

Author: Catherine Rayner Illustrator: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2013

Augustus and His Smile in Romanian and English

Augustus and His Smile in Romanian and English

Author: Catherine Raynor Illustrator: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2011

Augustus and His Smile in Farsi and English

Augustus and His Smile in Farsi and English

Author: Catherine Rayner Illustrator: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2011

Augustus and His Smile in Welsh and English

Augustus and His Smile in Welsh and English

Author: Catherine Rayner Illustrator: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2008

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http://www.catherinerayner.co.uk/

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