Cat in the Manger by Michael Foreman

Cat in the Manger

Written by Michael Foreman

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A warm-hearted, beautifully told cat’s view of the Christmas story. The cat who lives in the manger is a cat with attitude, sometimes grumpy and often moaning but tonight it is looking forward to a quiet night with just the cows for company when some unexpected visitors turn up. The cat hates donkeys and it doesn’t like being tipped out of the manger but it soon becomes clear that something very wonderful is taking place that night. This beautiful, original and humorous take on the Nativity story is sure to become a Christmas classic. Its originality lies in the Christmas story being told from the perspective of a cat and very endearing it is too as the story of Christmas unfolds.


Cat in the Manger by Michael Foreman

A long time ago, in a faraway land, a cat lived in a barn. Of course, he had to share it with all the other animals: cows and goats, chickens and...mice! Then, one wintry night, the door flew open and in came a man and a woman on a donkey, to take shelter from the snow...

About the Author

Michael Foreman

Michael Foreman was our Guest Editor in March 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Michael Foreman was born in Suffolk in 1938, and studied at Lowestoft School of Art, St Martin’s, London, and the Royal College of Art, where he won a scholarship to the USA in 1963. He has worked as an Art Director at Playboy and King magazines and still works as Art Editor of the literary journal Ambit.

He has also made animated films in Scandinavia and for the BBC. His first book, The General, (a picture book published in 1961), dealt with disarmament and received rave reviews. Since then he has illustrated more than thirty of his own books and over a hundred by authors as varied as Shakespeare, J.M. Barrie, the Brothers Grimm and former Python, Terry Jones. He has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading illustrators and has won numerous prizes including the Smarties Prize, the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice), the Francis Williams Prize (twice) and the Aigle d’Argent at the Festival International du Livre in France. Michael is married and has three sons.

He spends most of his time in London, but regularly visits St Ives, Cornwall, where he owns the painter Ben Nicholson’s old house.

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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th November 2009




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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