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Michael Foreman - Author

About the Author

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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Featured books by Michael Foreman

Michael Foreman's Classic Fairy Tales

Michael Foreman's Classic Fairy Tales

7+ readers

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2013

Acclaimed children's author and illustrator Michael Foreman blends humour, sadness and romance in these irresistible retellings of classic stories that children will return to again and again. Dreamlike castles, mystical forests, inspiring heroes and terrifying villains are all brought to life in stunning watercolour illustrations full of vivid detail and enchantment.

One World

One World

3+ readers

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2011

A brother and sister spend their day playing on the beach by a rock pool. They create their own tiny marine world in a bucket and, with its wildlife, shells, oil and even a tin can, it is a microcosm of the larger world outside.

Other books by Michael Foreman

I Didn't Do It!

I Didn't Do It!

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Quick, quick! The Big Cycle Race is coming to town, and Milo does not want to miss it. On his way to the finish line, Milo unwittingly causes havoc that follows him all along the route... but when someone tries to steal the trophy, who will save the day?

War Boy A Wartime Childhood

War Boy A Wartime Childhood

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

A special new edition of Michael Foreman's award-winning memoirs about his wartime childhood. 'I woke up when the bomb came through the roof. It came through at an angle, overflew my bed by inches, bounced up over my mother's bed, hit the mirror, dropped into the grate and exploded up the chimney.' The Second World War is an exciting time for a young boy growing up in a small town in Suffolk - sometimes far too exciting! Life during wartime is vividly brought to life in this personal story filled with childhood memories - from hiding in air-raid shelters to playing in the bombed-out ruins and the arrival of American soldiers. War Boy is a modern classic that combines a touching personal story with factual information and wonderful illustrations. Also available in paperback: War Boy (9781843650874), War Game (9781843650898), After the War Was Over (9781843650881), Farm Boy (9781843650904) and Billy the Kid (9781844583669).

Stubby: A True Story of Friendship

Stubby: A True Story of Friendship

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Stubby was a brave soldier, a loyal friend... and a dog. From an army training camp to the trenches in France, this is the incredible true story of Sergeant Stubby, the dog who served bravely in the First World War, sniffing out gas attacks, catching spies and winning the hearts of his fellow soldiers.

The The Mermaid's Christmas Adventure

The The Mermaid's Christmas Adventure

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2019

Stubby: A True Story of Friendship

Stubby: A True Story of Friendship

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Stubby was a brave soldier, a loyal friend... and a dog. From an army training camp to the trenches in France, this is the incredible true story of Sergeant Stubby, the dog who served bravely in the First World War, sniffing out gas attacks, catching spies and winning the hearts of his fellow soldiers. `A wonderful story of courage, bravery, loyalty and friendship.' Early Years Educator `...a moving insight into the horrors of the war as seen through the story of the exceptional contribution of a stray dog.' LoveReading4Kids `...its lessons are important for each new generation' Evening Echo

Fortunately, Unfortunately

Fortunately, Unfortunately

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

When Granny leaves her umbrella behind, Mum asks Milo to take it to her. Along the way, Milo encounters pirates, dinosaurs and aliens as he is swept into a rather unexpected and truly amazing adventure... A Sunday Times Best Children's Books of the Year. 'Michael Foreman has a flair for turning a book into a special occasion.' Quentin Blake

Jamal's Journey

Jamal's Journey

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Jamal is a little camel so he must walk, walk, walk through the desert. One day he becomes separated from his friend, the boy, but a wise falcon helps to reunite them. They go on to explore the city and its exciting sights and sounds. A modern tale of friendship and adventure from the twice Greenaway Award-winning author/illustrator, Michael Foreman.

Wonder Goal!

Wonder Goal!

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2018

Like many children all over the world, a small boy dreams of winning the World Cup! But in the meantime, scoring the perfect, time-stopping goal would be just fine. And once you've done that, who knows what the future might hold? `A perfectly paced story about passion, dedication and what they might bring, accompanied by Foreman's tender drawings... You might say he has the hand of God... Vital reading for aspiring Harry Kanes everywhere.' THE TIMES (Book of the Week) 'Michael Foreman deserves all the applause he gets.' INDEPENDENT

Hello, Mr World

Hello, Mr World

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2018

A topical picture book about the effects of climate change, ideal for very young children. In this topical picture book, Michael Foreman - twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and described as the greatest illustrator-storyteller of his time by Michael Morpurgo - brilliantly shows what climate change is doing to our world and inspires us all to make a difference. Mr World doesn't feel well. He's hot and sweaty and finding it hard to breathe. What will the doctors find when they examine their poor patient?

A Child's Garden of Verses

A Child's Garden of Verses

Author: Michael Foreman, Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2017

So you may see, if you will look Through the windows of this book, Another child, far, far away, And in another garden play. First published to mark the collection's centenary year of 1985, A Child's Garden of Verses is now published in a beautiful, hardback gift format, with imitation cloth binding and head and tail bands. It includes a foreword by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith.

Hello, Mr World

Hello, Mr World

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2017

A topical picture book about the effects of climate change, ideal for very young children. In this topical picture book, Michael Foreman - twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and described as the greatest illustrator-storyteller of his time by Michael Morpurgo - brilliantly shows what climate change is doing to our world and inspires us all to make a difference. Mr World doesn't feel well. He's hot and sweaty and finding it hard to breathe. What will the doctors find when they examine their poor patient?

Tufty

Tufty

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Tufty the duckling lives with his family on an island in the middle of a lake. But when the ducks fly south for the winter, Tufty gets left behind. Lost and alone, Tufty doesn't know what to do, until he finds an unlikely new friend... Join this brave little duck as he finds a new home in an unexpected place, in a heartwarming book from acclaimed children's author and illustrator, Michael Foreman.

Jamal's Journey

Jamal's Journey

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2017

Jamal is a little camel so he must walk, walk, walk through the desert. One day he becomes separated from his friend, the boy, but a wise falcon helps to reunite them. They go on to explore the city and its exciting sights and sounds. A modern tale of friendship and adventure from the twice Greenaway Award-winning author/illustrator, Michael Foreman.

The Seeds of Friendship

The Seeds of Friendship

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

A powerful fable about friendship transforming the world from the award-winning and internationally best-selling illustrator Michael Foreman. A powerful and beautifully illustrated fable about friendship from the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman, who is best known for classics like War Boy and for illustrating Michael Morpurgo's stories. In this moving story, Adam feels alone in his strange, new city. He misses the colours and friendships of his faraway home. But when a teacher at school gives him a few seeds, she plants an idea in him - an idea that could transform his grey world for ever.

The Little Bookshop and the Origami Army

The Little Bookshop and the Origami Army

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2016

When the Mayor decides to close down Joey's favourite bookshop in order to build a big superstore, Joey calls upon his friend, Origami Girl, to help. Origami Girl creates an army out of characters from famous children's books to put a stop to the mayor and the builders before it is too late!

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 11: Thumbelina

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 11: Thumbelina

Author: Michael Foreman, Hans Christian Anderson, Kimberley Reynolds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2016

Thumbelina may only be the size of a thumb, but she is brimful of kindness and good nature. Stolen away in the middle of the night, she is forced to take refuge wherever she can find it. Slimy toads, mice and moles all offer her shelter, but it isn't always comfortable. Will she ever find a place that she can truly call her home? Enchanting storytelling and illustrations capture the magic of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Tufty

Tufty

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2016

Tufty the duckling lives with his family on an island in the middle of a lake. But when the ducks fly south for the winter, Tufty gets left behind. Lost and alone, Tufty doesn't know what to do, until he finds an unlikely new friend... Join this brave little duck as he finds a new home in an unexpected place, in a new book from acclaimed children's author, Michael Foreman.

Cat and Dog

Cat and Dog

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

When Cat is accidentally whisked away in a fish van, her kittens find themselves all alone. Left to fend for themselves they don't know how to survive, until an unlikely new friend comes along... an old dog who looks after them until mum returns.

The Little Bookshop and the Origami Army

The Little Bookshop and the Origami Army

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2015

When the Mayor decides to close down Joey's favourite bookshop in order to build a big superstore, Joey calls upon his friend, Origami Girl, to help. Origami Girl creates an army out of characters from famous children's books to put a stop to the mayor and the builders before it is too late!

Two Giants

Two Giants

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2015

Could a pair of socks help the Two Giants become friends again? Enthralling, warm-hearted and funny, this story about the transformative power of friendship is told by one of the world's leading author-illustrators, Michael Foreman. Two giants live in a part of the world where everything is perfect and they are the best of friends ... until they quarrel, that is. Then their beautiful world becomes dark and miserable. What will it take for them to become friends again? Could it be something to do with their prized socks? Originally published in 1967, this wonderful story returns in a beautiful new edition, with stunning artwork that has stood the test of time.

The Seeds of Friendship

The Seeds of Friendship

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2015

A powerful fable about friendship transforming the world from the award-winning and internationally best-selling illustrator Michael Foreman. A powerful and beautifully illustrated fable about friendship from the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman, who is best known for classics like War Boy and for illustrating Michael Morpurgo's stories. In this moving story, Adam feels alone in his strange, new city. He misses the colours and friendships of his faraway home. But when a teacher at school gives him a few seeds, she plants an idea in him - an idea that could transform his grey world for ever.

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

On 6th May 1915, Henry Friston, a 21-year-old seaman, rejoined his battleship after ten days in Hell. Hell was just 180 metres long and seven metres wide and was otherwise known only as 'X Beach', Gallipoli. Henry, ferrying the wounded from the battlefield, had not eaten or slept for three days. Then, somehow, in the midst of the bombardments, he met an unlikely companion - a tortoise. Retold through journal entries and through Henry's accounts to a young reporter, Ali's story has stunning colour illustrations by the author throughout.

Cat and Dog

Cat and Dog

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2014

When Cat is accidentally whisked away in a fish van, her litter of kittens are left to fend for themselves. 'Michael Foreman is deservedly in the first rank of children's illustrators with his mastery of brilliant watercolours.' Sunday Times

Moose

Moose

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Caught in a battle between a bear and an eagle, Moose uses their sticks and stones to erect a splendid building which all the animals enjoy. 'Michael Foreman is deservedly in the first rank of children's illustrators with his mastery of brilliant watercolours.' Sunday Times

I Love You, Too!

I Love You, Too!

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Little Bear doesn't want to go to sleep, so he tries everything he can think of to distract his father, and in the end it's an exhausted dad who falls asleep! 'Michael Foreman deserves all the applause he gets.' Independent 'Michael Foreman is deservedly in the first rank of children's illustrators with his mastery of brilliant watercolours.' Sunday Times

War Game (Special 100th Anniversary of WW1 Ed.)

War Game (Special 100th Anniversary of WW1 Ed.)

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/03/2014

The classic children's book about the First World war and the legendary Christmas Day cease-fire football match in no-mans-land. A special lavish new edition of a modern classic - winner of the Smarties Grand Prize Contains a special new introduction from Michael Foreman, additional new illustrations and 4 pages of extra background material on the Christmas Day in the trenches and football during the war. A heartfelt and informative story that takes the reader into the trenches. Beautiful and newly remastered illustrations using Michael Foreman's original watercolour paintings A masterpiece - The Times Literary Supplement The work of a major children's author at his peak - The Daily Telegraph An unforgettable experience - The Guardian

Superfrog and the Big Stink

Superfrog and the Big Stink

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Superfrog is back on another urgent mission - rubbish from the big, grey city is polluting his pond! Once again it is up to everyone's favourite Superhero to save the day! 'Michael Foreman is deservedly in the first rank of children's illustrators with his mastery of brilliant watercolours.' Sunday Times

I Love You, Too!

I Love You, Too!

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2013

Little Bear doesn't want to go to sleep, so he tries everything he can think of to distract his father, and in the end it's an exhausted dad who falls asleep! 'Michael Foreman deserves all the applause he gets.' Independent

Michael Foreman's Classic Christmas Tales

Michael Foreman's Classic Christmas Tales

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2013

Michael Foreman has chosen a magical mixture of stories and verses evoking the festive season for his beautifully presented festive family book. A must-have treasury of seasonal cheer for children and adults alike, illustrated by one of the best-loved artists working today, it contains all the classic Christmas songs, poems, and stories that you need for a wonderful holiday season. Includes: 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', 'Good King Wenceslas', 'The Snow Man' (Hans Christian Andersen), 'On the Prairie' (excerpt from Laura Ingalls Wilder), 'The Gift of the Magi', 'Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening', 'Christmas Underground' (excerpt from The Wind in the Willows), 'The Night Before Christmas' and many more...

Michael Foreman's Classic Fairy Tales

Michael Foreman's Classic Fairy Tales

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2013

Acclaimed children's author and illustrator Michael Foreman blends humour, sadness and romance in these irresistible retellings of classic stories that children will return to again and again. Dreamlike castles, mystical forests, inspiring heroes and terrifying villains are all brought to life in stunning watercolour illustrations full of vivid detail and enchantment. From the masterful cunning of 'Puss in Boots', to the hilarious 'Three Little Pigs', and the beauty and charm of 'Cinderella' - there is a story here for everyone. This is a timeless book of magic and adventure to be treasured by all ages. It contains classic stories such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Jack the Giant Killer', 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Rapunzel', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Snow White', 'The Emperor's New Clothes' and 'Thumbelina'.

Newspaper Boy and Origami Girl

Newspaper Boy and Origami Girl

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

When a group of bullies steal a poor newspaper boy's money, his bag suddenly flies into the air and the newspapers transform into Origami Girl. Joey is whisked away on away on a hair-raising chase with his new superhero friend in order to confront the bullies!

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

On 6th May 1915, Henry Friston, a 21-year-old seaman, rejoined his battleship after ten days in Hell. Hell was just 180 metres long and seven metres wide and was otherwise known only as 'X Beach', Gallipoli. Henry, ferrying the wounded from the battlefield, had not eaten or slept for three days. Then, somehow, in the midst of the bombardments, he met an unlikely companion - a tortoise. Retold through journal entries and through Henry's accounts to a young reporter, Ali's story has stunning colour illustrations by the author throughout.

The General

The General

Author: Michael Foreman, Janet Charters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

Michael Foreman's debut picture book, first published in 1961, is reproduced in all its glory. There was once a general who fell off a horse, only to discover the beauty of flowers and nature. From that day on he vowed to change the world around him into one of peace and beauty. The original artwork is beautifully restored, bringing this well-loved, humorous story to a completely new generation.

Superfrog and the Big Stink

Superfrog and the Big Stink

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Superfrog is back on another urgent mission - rubbish from the big, grey city is polluting his pond! Once again it is up to everyone's favourite Superhero to save the day!

Friends

Friends

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Bubble is a goldfish, who swims round and round unhappily in his tank. Cat is his friend and wishes he could show him the world. One day, Cat has an idea to set Bubble free. But is Bubble ready to swim off into the world and leave behind his friend?

Newspaper Boy and Origami Girl

Newspaper Boy and Origami Girl

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2012

When a group of bullies steal a poor newspaper boy's money, his bag suddenly flies into the air and the newspapers transform into Origami Girl. Joey is whisked away on away on a hair-raising chase with his new superhero friend in order to confront the bullies!

Oh! If Only...

Oh! If Only...

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Oh! If only . . . I had stayed home that day . . . If only . . . I hadn't met that dog . . . If only . . . he didn't want to play . . . And so begins a remarkably funny chain of events as one young boy and a dog unwittingly unleash the greatest havoc imaginable.

Friends

Friends

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Bubble is a goldfish, who swims round and round unhappily in his tank. Cat is his friend and wishes he could show him the world. One day, Cat has an idea to set Bubble free. But is Bubble ready to swim off into the world and leave behind his friend?

Superfrog!

Superfrog!

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

Little Frank lives in Pond City, where life among the lilies couldn't be better ... during the day, that is. At night time the pond folk quiver in their slippery skins as slimy bug-eyed monsters emerge from the watery underworld. One night, their dastardly deeds go too far, and Little Frank decides enough is enough. Can he stop the creepy crooks once and for all?

Fortunately, Unfortunately

Fortunately, Unfortunately

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2011

When Granny leaves her umbrella behind, Mum asks Milo to take it to her. Along the way, Milo encounters pirates, dinosaurs and aliens as he is swept into a rather unexpected and truly amazing adventure...

Jack's Fantastic Voyage

Jack's Fantastic Voyage

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2010

Jack's grandfather tells tales so tall that the other children say they must be made up. Jack thinks they are too, until the night Grandfather takes him on an incredible trip in his boat - and then Jack doesn't know what to believe...

A Child's Garden A Story of Hope

A Child's Garden A Story of Hope

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

Master storyteller Michael Foreman has created a timely and moving story of a child creating a garden of hope in the midst of poverty and war. Master storyteller Michael Foreman has created a timely and moving story of a child creating a garden of hope in the midst of poverty and war. A boy's world is ruin and rubble, with a wire fence and soldiers separating him from the cool hills where his father used to take him as a small child. Can a tiny, green plant shoot give him hope in a bleak landscape?

The General

The General

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2010

Wonder Goal!

Wonder Goal!

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Like many children all over the world, a small boy dreams of winning the World Cup! But in the meantime, scoring the perfect, time-stopping goal would be just fine. And once you've done that, who knows what the future might hold? Published to coincide with the 2014 Football World Cup. 'Michael Foreman deserves all the applause he gets.' Independent

The Littlest Dinosaur

The Littlest Dinosaur

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2009

A tiny dinosaur is born to a family of rather huge dinosaurs and everyone is mystified about why it is so different. As the littlest dinosaur grows, it feels left out and at odds with the world of its huge family, until one day its very size is the thing that rescues them all. A charming tale featuring every toddler's favourite - dinosaurs - with a sweetly told message about being happy being yourself.

Child's Garden

Child's Garden

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2009

Mia's Story

Mia's Story

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2007

A story of hope and dreams set in a poverty-stricken community in South America, from a master children's book creator. Mia lives with her family in a small South American village beneath the snowy mountains. Their house is put together from the dumped rubbish of the city - it is not much of a place. One day Mia's father brings her a puppy, which she calls Poco because he's so small. When Poco runs away, Mia travels far up into the mountains to search for him. There she finds some white mountain flowers, growing under the stars, as well as something much more powerful - hope.

After the War was Over

After the War was Over

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2007

Life for a young boy is different after the Second World War ends - the country is moving forward again and he is finding his place in the world. Once the victory parades are over and the barbed wire and unexploded bombs are cleared his attention is drawn to football, music, girls and art. Michael Foreman's personal story is the story of life in Britain in the `40s and `50s - from soldiers returning from war to jazz clubs and `teddy boys' - a time when everything changes. Like 'War Boy', 'After the War Was Over' is a lively and innovative combination of story and factual information with Foreman's trademark beautiful illustrations.

Can't Catch Me!

Can't Catch Me!

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2006

A little monkey doesn't want to go to bed. He dances through the jungle chanting 'Can't Catch Me!' So of course all the other animals try to do just that. You have never heard such a hallooing, and hollering, not to mention wallumphing and grazumping! But the little monkey is much too quick for everyone - except his mum!

War Game Village Green to No-man's-land

War Game Village Green to No-man's-land

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2006

A special lavishly illustrated new edition of Michael Foreman's classic story. It's 1914 when everything changes for a group of bys growing up and playing football in the Suffolk countryside. Far away, in a place called Sarajevo, an Archduke has been killed and a web of global events results in a call for all British men to do their duty 'for King and Country' and join the army to fight the germans overseas. The boys sign up for what sounds like an adventure and a chance to see the world. After basic training the boys sail to France where they find themselves fighting on the front line. Living in the trenches in constant fear for their lives is nothing like they expected and only a bombed-out wasteland, no-man's-land, separates their trences from those of their German enemies. Then, on Christmas Day, something remarkable happens as the German and British armies stop fighting and meet in the middle of no-man's-land. The enemies talk, play football and become friends. But the war isn't over, the two sides resume fighting and the group of Suffolk lads are ordered to charge across no-man's-land...

The Little Reindeer

The Little Reindeer

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

The smallest reindeer is exploring Santa's workshop when he accidentally falls into the giftwrapping machine, and finds himself being delivered as a present! The little boy who receives him is overjoyed and cares for him with devotion. One day he discovers that his reindeer is special - he can fly! When Christmas comes round again, the little reindeer disappears, but in his bed of straw the boy finds a thank you note...from Santa Claus. The Little Reindeer is an original and enchanting story, full of warmth and illustrated in glowing watercolours. In this new Christmas story, Michael Foreman has returned to the exciting New York scenes of Cat and Canary.

Seal Surfer

Seal Surfer

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2006

A boy and his grandfather watch as a baby seal is born on the rocks near their home and from that day a special friendship is created between them. Despite his disability, the boy is a keen surfer, and he enjoys many afternoons surfing with the seals. One day, however, he gets into trouble in rough seas, and the young seal saves him. Their friendship brings happiness and meaning at the important stages of the boy's life.

Cat on the Hill

Cat on the Hill

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2005

Summer in St. Ives is a good time for the stray cat. Visitors give him titbits to eat, and it is warm on his hill. Then, in autumn the tourists start to leave, and food is more difficult to come by. But winter is worse: it is a cold, lonely time - full of danger and constant hunger. Appetizing smells from the village drift up the hill, enticing him to risk the notice of the fierce village cats. And come Christmas, who will remember the cat on the hill? A family favourite throughout the year - and especially at Christmas.

Michael Foreman's Playtime Rhymes

Michael Foreman's Playtime Rhymes

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2004

This sumptuous volume contains over seventy of the best-loved, most exuberant action rhymes. Each is introduced and acted out by an appealing little bear and a colourful supporting cast of animals, humans and others! Join them for a dance round the mulberry bush, a walk through the jungle and a trip to the animal fair. Help them count ten fat sausages and five little piggies. Take your partners for the hokey-cokey and your place at the teddy bears' picnic. A section of notes at the back of the book gives information and diagrams on the actions that accompany the rhymes - so there's no excuse not to join in!

Michael Foreman's Nursery Rhymes

Michael Foreman's Nursery Rhymes

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2003

This volume contains over of the best-known and loved nursery rhymes. There are lullabies, action rhymes, nonsense verse, riddles and tongue-twisters. Each lavish double page has its own setting against which individual, thematically linked rhymes are illustrated. The artist has also introduced intriguing visual links from one scene to the next. Thus the Grand Old Duke of York goes up one side of a hill while, over the page, Jack and Jill tumble down the other side. This is a classic and hugely enjoyable nursery rhyme collection by one of the world's great picture book artists.

War And Peas

War And Peas

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2002

King Lion is sad because it has not rained in his country for too long, and now not ony will nothing grow, but also the land is too hard to dig. He decides to ask his rich (fat) neighbour for help. But he is mistaken for a beggar and a robber, and is pursued home by Fat King and his army ...and his supply trucks. The soldiers in their trucks are so heavy, that hey leave deep ruts in the land, and when it finally rains the land is well prepared for seeds. It's War, but not as we know it - or should that be Peace? Or even peas?!!

War Game

War Game

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/1995

Then from somewhere, a football bounced across the frozen mud ...Freddie made a spectacular dive, caught the ball in both hands and threw it to a group of Germans. A moving and compelling story that takes four friends from the fields of Suffolk to France in the midst of the First World War Faced by the Germans and the appalling conditions in which they fight, their excitement and enthusiasm begins to fail. Then, one Christmas Day, an extraordinary thing happens. One by one, soldiers from both sides cautiously emerge from their trenches and put aside for a few hours the war that has made them enemies to play the historic game of football in No Man's Land.

Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish

Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/1993

Dinosaurs have taken over the Earth! They're stomping and stamping all over the place. Young readers will love finding out why in this classic environmental tale from best-selling author/illustrator Michael Foreman. A fable for our time, and as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1972.

War Boy A Country Childhood

War Boy A Country Childhood

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/1991

Michael Foreman woke up when an incendiary bomb dropped through the roof of his Lowestoft home. Luckily, it missed his bed by inches, bounced off the floor and exploded up the chimney. So begins Michael's fascinating, brilliantly illustrated tale of growing up on the Suffolk frontline during World War II. He tells how he and his friends and family coped with bombing raids and deadly doodlebugs, how gas masks were great for making rude noises, and how nothing could beat rabbit pie! ' ...vivid, humorous and touching' - Guardian .

The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

Author: Michael Foreman, Oscar Wilde Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 27/05/1982

When the Selfish Giant builds a high wall round his lovely garden to keep the children out, the North Wind blows, the Frost comes and the Snow dances through the trees. The Giant wonders why Spring never comes to his cold, white garden. Then one day the Giant looks out to see a most wonderful sight . . . Oscar Wilde's much-loved fairy-tale is brought to life again with beautiful illustrations by Michael Foreman and Freire Wright.

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