Ray Marshall began his paper-engineering career in his native England in 1979. Coercing friend and illustrator friend Korky Paul into working on their first pop-up book they embarked upon The Crocodile and The Dumpertruck: A Reptilian Guide To London. At breakneck speed they ended up at the 1979 Frankfurt Book Fair with literary agent Sheri Safran. By the end of the book fair Sheri had sold the rights for Crocodile to publishers around the world and went on to form Sadie Fields Productions. Deciding this was the right direction, Ray quit his job as an art director with Avon Cosmetics (that’s right, Avon) and left the glamor world to work at home designing pop-up books.
Ray and Korky collaborated on several other books after the publication of Crocodile including Action Cats, Doors, Nursery Pops and Math Pops.
In 1985 Ray won England’s Smarties Prize for Children’s Books Award for Watch It Work: The Car, the first in a series of interactive books, followed by Watch It Work: The Train, and Watch It Work: The Plane.
Between 1980 and 1990 Ray designed 24 interactive books for children. For a complete list of books from that period please see “Published Work.”
In 1986 Ray followed his true love to San Francisco and opened a company called Paper Creations specializing in pop-ups for advertising.
In 1991, distracted by the arrival of the Macintosh computer (thank you Apple!) Ray formed Ray Marshall Design and took a “brief 20 year break” from pop-ups to focus on graphic design.
Encouraged by his family to design another pop-up book, Ray set to work on The Castaway Pirates. The Castaway Pirates, published by Chronicle Books in 2008, is his twenty-fifth book, and the first one he has written.
Ray lives with his wife (same love) and their two daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area.