It’s funny the people you bump into on twitter, the other day I stumbled across a tweet from a chap called Shoo Rayner. I was intrigued by his name and what he did and he had tweeted that he was looking for bloggers to review his Super Dad iBook story. With Father’s Day coming up on the 16th June and with us being in America I thought it would be a nice surprise story to put on our iPad for whilst we are away and make it our Father’s Day story from Roo to Daddy E.
If you don’t know who Shoo Rayner is then check out his brilliant website. He is a children’s author and illustration who creates the most beautifully illustrated stories for children – they remind me very much of the illustrations for some of my favourite books by Roald Dahl. Shoo Rayner battled dyslexia on his own and has become a leading, international children’s author and illustrator.
Because of his own challenges with reading he is highly committed to the cause of struggling and newly-independent readers, writing series books that they devour. Children love to read his pacey, highly-illustrated, funny, thoughtful stories which are based on unforgettable characters such as The Ginger Ninja, Monster Boy, Axel Storm, and Viking Vik.
Shoo believes that drawing is just as important as writing and loves to encourage children and adults to pick up a pencil and draw. His acclaimed online drawing school is encouraging thousands to have a go at drawing both at home and in classrooms worldwide.
On his website he has fascinating tutorials of how to draw things such as Frankenstein, planes, the Queen, teddy bears and lots more! I admit to having a go at some of them and they are actually really easy to do….even for someone who just about manages a stick dog and a square house when asked by Roo to draw something!
With his latest book Super Dad being put into iBook format it allows kids who are becoming tech savvy (and let’s face it what child over 3 isn’t these days) to bridge the gap between picture. The idea behind Super Dad actually came from Shoo’s 4 year old son.
Shoo says, “He always dressed up as batman when he was about 4. We were going to the States on holiday and he came to Heathrow all dressed up. I watched him marching up and down looking for criminals to sort out and was overwhelmed with a feeling of wanting to do something great for him. I began to think it would be amazing if he dressed up as Batman and turned up in the batmobile!
I forgot that bit over the holiday, but never lost the idea of Batman coming for tea.”
The story itself is he perfect story for Father’s Day and for “Dads and Lads” to share at bedtime.
The synopsis of the book is this… “My dad is very busy. He doesn’t always have time to play with me. Then one day Super Hero came to visit and we had the best day ever. But Super Hero looks very familiar. Perhaps My Dad knows why… after all, he is a Super Dad!”
I love the fact that it is easy to read, not too long, in fact perfect for a bed time story. It is bright, colourful and the pictures really do fit into to the story and give you something to talk about as you go through the book.
I have two promotional codes to give away so that you can download your copy of Super Dad by Shoo Rayner for the iPad and iPad 2. To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter guidelines below. Winners will be drawn at random and notified by email. This competition closes on Tuesday 12th June 2012 and winners are final.
To enter you MUST leave me a mandatory comment as to which super hero you would want to be and why? The other options are bonus entries for an extra chance to win.