Guest Editor - Michael Foreman Guest Editor - Michael Foreman

Our Guest Editor slot gives you a chance to discover a new author and find out more about the books and authors who have influenced and inspired them in their writing.


Guest Editor's featured books

Michael Foreman's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll, Michael Foreman - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Lewis Carroll's world favourite children's classic, loved by generations for its limitless imagination, has been brought vividly to life by one of the UK's most awe inspiring children's book illustrators, Michael Foreman. Lewis Carroll's make-believe world that's full of humour,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2010
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Michael Foreman's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L.Frank Baum - illustrated by Michael Foreman
This is a beautifully illustrated collectable edition of the classic children's story. It is illustrated by one of today's best-loved children's illustrators. It is a perfect addition to any child's home library.
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2010
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Michael Foreman's Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson, Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman's stunning illustrations brilliantly capture the fast-paced action and drama of Stevenson's classic, of high seas adventure, mysterious maps, peg-legged pirates and fabulous buried treasure that has sparked children's imaginations for generations. How difficult it must have been for...
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Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2009
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Michael Foreman's Peter Pan and Wendy
J.M. Barrie - illustrated by Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman's bright and beautiful illustrations vibrantly bring all the magical fun and adventure of Peter Pan's world to life. His story and that of the Darling children has thrilled and delighted children for generations.
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Format: Board book | Released 19/10/2009
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After the War Was Over
Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman makes history such fun and this book in particular is so inspirational. It tells the story of life after World War Two as soldiers return to begin life back home with families who have been without them for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 19/03/2007
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The Littlest Dinosaur's Big Adventure
Michael Foreman
An awfully big adventure for the Littlest Dinosaur when a little walk turns into a night time drama. Alone in the middle of a big, dark forest the Littlest Dinosaur needs to be as brave as he can be. The...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2009
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War Game
Michael Foreman
It was Christmas Day in the trenches in France during World War One and a remarkable football match took place. British and German soldiers put down their weapons and took up a game of football instead. For one day, the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/10/2006
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War Boy A Wartime Childhood
Michael Foreman
Brilliantly observed in words and pictures, War Boy is a first hand, eye-witness view of growing up in World War Two. Michael Foreman grew up in Lowestoft where bombing raids causing terrible damage were common as planes flew in over...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 28/10/2004
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The General
Michael Foreman
As relevant as when it was first published, Michael Foreman's very first book is beautifully reissued in this 50th anniversary edition. General Jodpur loves to train his soldiers making them the best fighting force in the world. But, one day,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2010
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The Little Ships: A Story of the Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk
Louise Borden, Michael Foreman
This is a wondrous book that has been unavailable for far too long. At last though it's back for a new generation of children to enjoy, and perhaps their parents too. Michael Foreman with Louise Borden have successfully brought to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2010
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The Littlest Dinosaur
Michael Foreman
A touching story about being different and not fitting in. The littlest dinosaur and the long necked dinosaur both find it hard to fit in because of their size. But when the littlest dinosaur needs help he turns to the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2009
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Why the Animals Came to Town
Michael Foreman
Prize-winning illustrator Michael Foreman sends an important message about taking care of our planet so that all the creatures that live in it can be kept safe in this stunning picture book. When a small boy wakes in the night...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/01/2010
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A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2009
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Guest Editor's chosen books

Rupert Bear Annual

March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman remembers: When I was a little boy, the only books we had at home were Ration books. However, on my newspaper round I became a fan of the Rupert Bear comic strip in the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2009
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Just William (90th Anniversary Edition)
Richmal Crompton
March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman shares his memories of Just William: "When I was about eight years old I joined the Life Boys. The Life Boys were to the Boys' Brigade what the Wolf Cubs are to the Boy...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2009
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Little Prince
Antoine De Saint-exupery
December 2010 Guest Editor Sally Grindley: "What is it with princes?! This Little Prince has come from a different planet, in a quite extraordinary short story with multiple themes, symbols and motifs. I was introduced to this book at school,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2004
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Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson
This is a much-loved favourite classic. Here are the thoughts of three favourite authors: Michael Morpurgo: 'A terrifically exciting tale of a dead man's map, mutinous pirates, skulduggery and buried treasure that will be thoroughly enjoyed by a...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/08/2007
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Friend or Foe
Michael Morpurgo
March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman: "Towards the end of WWII enemy prisoners of War were brought to our village to help bring in the harvest. We boys played football with them, the enemy, during their break times. Children face-to-face...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2007
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The Wind In The Willows (with an Introduction by Brian Jacques)
Kenneth Grahame
March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman remembers: "One of our teachers, Oscar Outlaw, realised that most of the class had no books at home. He started bringing in his own books and reading to us on Friday afternoons if it...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2008
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Michael Foreman

Michael Foreman is without doubt one of the foremost children’s book author/illustrators of the last 100 years. 2010 is the year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first book being published and that book, The General, is now available in a terrific new edition. Also this year, a gorgeous animal picture book – Why the Animals came to Town with an environmental theme to it and two absolutely wonderful classics, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.

Michael Foreman in his own words on books that have inspired him:

When I was a little boy, the only books we had at home were Ration books. However, on my newspaper round I became a fan of the Rupert Bear comic strip in the Daily Express. At Christmas, Mum bought me the Rupert Annual, my very first book. I think Rupert has influenced me in the use of animals to tell a human story, it enables children everywhere to identify with the characters no matter what their cultural background might be.

When I was about eight years old I joined the Life Boys. The Life Boys were to the Boys' Brigade what the Wolf Cubs are to the Boy Scouts, only with better uniforms (little sailor suits.) One year, to raise funds, it was decided we should put on aproduction of Just William in the Church Hall. Unfortunately, I was given the role of Violet Elizabeth Bott! However, we all became 'William' fans. We identified with him - even though he was posher than us. He was wild and fiercely loyal to his gang members and followed by any stray dogs. Just like us.

One of our teachers, Oscar Outlaw, realised that most of the class had no books at home. He started bringing in his own books and reading to us on Friday afternoons if it was too wet for games. First he read The Wind in the Willows. And then, Treasure Island. What a treat! We looked forward to rain.

The Little Prince is a beautiful, poetic marriage of word and image. A singular vision, timeless and universal. I love the ease with which we are transported to faraway lands and planets. I borrowed the image of the little man standing on a star in Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish. Sorry ...

Towards the end of WWII enemy prisoners of War were brought to our village to help bring in the harvest. We boys played football with them, the enemy, during their break times. Children face-to-face with the enemy is the theme of Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo. I have been fortunate to have worked with 'the other Michael' on more than twenty books. As Friend or Foe is not one of them, I feel I can recommend this as a classic Morpurgo - children centre stage - not in a fantasy, but in a huge real life drama.

Michael Foreman and Michael Morpurgo have collaborated on many books. Here’s what they say of each other:

Michael Morpurgo on Michael Foreman:

‘Michael is quiet and calm I don't think he even shouted when I sat beside him at a football match. He's also a bit older than me so he remembers the war from when he was a boy while I don't. I envy him for that. We are of the same generation although we've come from different backgrounds and different homes. It's nice growing old together; we have a sort of comradeship. Michael loves to travel and we have a lot of fun travelling together; we're a couple of kids we go on adventures together. But not all of the trips are fun. We went to Ypres in Belgium and went to a museum in Flanders Field. There was a letter written on the wall from the War Office to a mother whose son was shot for cowardice. I just imagined how awful it would have been for that mother at that moment. It moved me enormously. Normally Michael and I are chatty but neither of us could speak we just walked off in separate directions. It sounds bizarre, but that moment, as we walked away from each other, I felt closest to him because we were dealing with the same stuff. We share silences well maybe that's the secret. It's the test of true friendship when you don't always have to talk’.

Michael Foreman on Michael Morpurgo:
‘My friendship with Michael the "other one", as I call him was immediate. We've been close friends ever since that first book; in fact, more like brothers. Michael is warm, generous and has a tremendous spirit. He has a hand-on-heart warmth. That's why children like him so much’.
Michael has worked on more than 170 books, over 20 of which he wrote himself, including some autobiographical stories of his childhood during and just after World War Two. These are wonderful books to share with your children. He has two children and lives with his wife Louise in London and Cornwall.

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