Michael Foreman - Author

About the Author

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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

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...

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.

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.

Michael Foreman: Travels With My Sketchbook

Michael Foreman: Travels With My Sketchbook

Author: Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Join Michael Foreman on an incredible journey around the globe. His prolific career as an illustrator has taken him through war-torn Vietnam to the vast forests of Siberia, from Mao's China to Japan, the Arctic to the South Seas and from the top of the world to the bottom of the ocean. Armed with a pencil and watercolours, Michael's signature style captured the sights and sounds of all he encountered. These are his incredible memoirs.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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?

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.

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?

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 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 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?!!

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.

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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