Michael Foreman - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

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

Lucky Button

Lucky Button

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

A moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum, written by acclaimed children's author Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman. From award-winning master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, author of the acclaimed War Horse, comes a moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum. A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

Other books by Michael Foreman

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2018

Billy was a champion soccer star, playing for Chelsea in the 1930s. But that was before war broke out... Billy the Kid is told through the voice of an 80 year old man, who looks back on his life as Chelsea's champion striker until the outbreak of war in 1939 and on through his subsequent life. Billy joins Chelsea as a football apprentice, rises through the reserves to become a real champion. His passion for football sees him through the war years - even as a prisoner of war he organises a friendly against the Italians - but, having been injured by a mine he cannot play for Chelsea on his return to England. Billy turns to vagrancy and alcohol and for years he wanders up and down the country. He re-settles in London in a derelict house and is befriended by a family who move him to a shed in their garden. He, in turn, helps their son with his football who in his turn becomes a Chelsea player. Billy becomes a Chelsea Pensioner and his 80th birthday is celebrated when Chelsea play at home. A novel for both children and adults which deals with some difficult issues. Michael Morpurgo's storytelling is superb and this will be a welcome follow up to the previous Morpurgo / Foreman collaboration - Farm Boy.

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2018

Robin of Sherwood

Robin of Sherwood

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Arthur, High King of Britain

Arthur, High King of Britain

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

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.

The Little Sea Dragon's Wild Adventure

The Little Sea Dragon's Wild Adventure

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2017

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.

White Owl, Barn Owl

White Owl, Barn Owl

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Get to know these rare and beautiful birds in this warmly illustrated non-fiction picture book. The little girl in this book has never seen a barn owl, but one day her grandpa puts a nest-box high in the old oak tree. They wait and they wait until one spring night, just as the sky goes pink, a pale face looks out of it, then takes off towards them...

Michael Foreman's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2015 edition)

Michael Foreman's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2015 edition)

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2015

A beautiful new edition of the timeless classic featuring the Kate Greenaway Award nominated illustrations of Michael Foreman, one of today's best-loved artists. This is a gift book to be enjoyed by families year after year and a great addition to any child's home library. Without a doubt one of the greatest achievements in children's literature, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland introduces children to a whole world of humour, fun and invention. Featuring more iconic characters and locations than any other children's story, Alice's world introduces today's children to the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the evil Queen of Hearts, the tea party and, of course, the rabbit hole that starts it all. Michael Foreman's watercolours beautifully capture the world of Wonderland in all of its breathtaking glory. The Illustrator Michael Foreman's numerous books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world's leading illustrators. He has worked on a vast range of children's books, and has collaborated with Terry Jones on all of his books for children. He also writes and illustrates his own books, including War Boy and War Game - winners of the Kate Greenaway Award and Smarties Book Prize respectively - and After the War was Over. Also he has illustrated The Knight and the Squire and The Lady and the Squire, as well as the classic stories Peter Pan and Wendy and The Wind in the Willows. Michael lives in London and St Ives.

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.

Soggy and the Giant

Soggy and the Giant

Author: Moran Philp Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/2015

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 White Horse of Zennor

The White Horse of Zennor

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Since the beginning of time, strange and mysterious things have happened here . . . At the furthest edge of Britain, where the sea gently washes over the land and myths brush against reality, lies Zennor. These are unforgettable tales where magic lies around every corner. This haunting collection of short stories by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo includes magical illustrations by award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

Author: Hans Christian Andersen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

This splendid collection of best-loved stories from Hans Christian Andersen includes 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier'. Michael Foreman's haunting colour illustrations are charged with Andersen's essential magic, making this a must-have classic for any child's bookshelf.

The Mermaid of Zennor

The Mermaid of Zennor

Author: Charles Causley, Michael Coleman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2012

A magical mermaid picture book. On the rugged Cornish coast, where the land meets the sea, lies the village of Zennor. Here, there are stories and whispers of a villager capturing the heart of a mysterious and beautiful stranger - a stranger from the sea - a mermaid! From a landscape rich with myth and magic comes this classic folk tale, illustrated by award-winning artist Michael Foreman. 'A simple, magical story which enters your heart and stays there.' Books For Keeps

Cornish Tales

Cornish Tales

Author: Eric Quayle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Soggy the Sailor

Soggy the Sailor

Author: Phillip Moran Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Painting Out the Stars

Painting Out the Stars

Author: Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Three deftly spun, emotionally resonant stories with the feel of time-honoured fables but the freshness of a contemporary voice. When Tashi's mother falls ill and is unable to work, Tashi looks to the monkeys on a Himalayan tea plantation for help... Yazul and his clan, trapped inside their desert fortress by bandits, are saved from starvation by fiercesome dragon kites... Issa, the old mountain guide, has his life turned upside down when he stumbles upon a camel sheltering a baby girl in a desert storm...

Soggy and the Golden Treasure

Soggy and the Golden Treasure

Author: Philip Moran Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

Soggy the Sailor

Soggy the Sailor

Author: Phillip Moran Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2010

Not Bad for a Bad Lad

Not Bad for a Bad Lad

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2010

Not Bad For A Bad Lad

Not Bad For A Bad Lad

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2010

Everyone thinks this lad is bad, so it's no surprise when he's sent to Borstal. But then he starts work in the prison stable and something begins to change . . . An inspiring tale about what happens when someone is shown how to follow their dreams, with illustrations by Michael Foreman. Also includes a fact-packed historical section.

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?

Pup on the Pitch

Pup on the Pitch

Author: Sophie Smiley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Bobby's football team mascot is a dog, and Bobby wants one too. He dreams of a cuddly puppy who will join him as a defender on the pitch. But when a dog arrives next door, his love of dogs turns to terror. Can he overcome his fear? Will he be able to help his sister, Charlie, in her cup final, and even take on the local bully?

Say Hello

Say Hello

Author: Jack Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

A strikingly illustrated picture book with a strong anti-bullying message, from a father-and-son team. Based on the author's childhood experience, Say Hello tells the poignant story of a boy who is left out and all alone, while other children play happily together. Michael Foreman's beautifully spare illustrations perfectly complement the story's underlying message: When someone's feeling left out, low, it doesn't take much to say ... 'Hello!'

Soggy to the Rescue

Soggy to the Rescue

Author: Philip Moran Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2008

Matti's Miracle Band 15/Emerald

Matti's Miracle Band 15/Emerald

Author: Ann Jungman Format: Undefined Release Date: 20/01/2008

Berlin in 1938 is not a safe place to be if you're Jewish. For Matti and many other Jewish children it means being sent to England for safety. Placed with a foster family in the British countryside, Matti is happy but desperate for his parents to join him. He starts working on a plan, but will it work out in time? Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A story set in the past. A map of Europe on pages 46-47 shows Matti's route from Berlin to London. Curriculum links: History: What was it like for children in the Second World War? This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

White Owl, Barn Owl

White Owl, Barn Owl

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2007

The little girl in this book has never seen a barn owl, but when her grandpa puts a nest-box high in the old oak tree, they wait and they wait until one spring night, just as the sky goes pink, a pale face looks out of it, then takes off towards them.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2005

A magical story from the tales of the Knights of the Round Table. Here are thrills and enchantment, chivalry and courage, a challenge and a quest. Its hero is the greatest of all King ArthurOs knights, Sir Gawain. His adversary is the fearsome Green Knight, who rides into Camelot one New YearOs Eve with a challenge that strikes dread into ArthurOs court.

Man Of The Match

Man Of The Match

Author: Sophie Smiley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

This is the second story to feature Bobby, the Down's Syndrome football enthusiast, and his big sister Charlie. This time they are off to summer camp. Also with them is Paul, a boy who hides underneath a furry parka and will not speak. Bobby instantly decides that the two of them are best friends, and as he is potty about football, he tries to play it with him as much as possible. Charlie is being a responsible older sister and keeping a watch on Bobby, which is demanding enough, but she also has a challenge of her own. One of the planned camp activities is a relay race over water, and she is very scared of water. But thanks to the wonderful positivity that Bobby exudes all round him, Charlie beats her demons, Bobby plays football whether it's planned or not, and Paul? Well, Bobby gets him talking! He makes him Man of the Match!

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.

I'll Take You To Mrs Cole!

I'll Take You To Mrs Cole!

Author: Nigel Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/1998

Whenever he is naughty, a young boy's mother threatens him with Mrs Cole, who appears to be a disreputable character living nearby in total chaos. One day he runs away from home and finds himself outside Mrs Cole's house. She invites him in and he discovers that Mrs Cole's noisy, kindly house is welcoming and warm and far from being frightening. 'Funny, touching and true' Sunday Telegraph 'One of the most outstanding young children's picture books for some time.' Financial Times

Shakespeare Stories

Shakespeare Stories

Author: Leon Garfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/1997

Twelve Shakespeare plays presented afresh by Leon Garfield in narrative form. These are not simple retellings, but more like a refashioning of the dramas as stories, which remain true to the essential spirit of the original versions. The author has captured all the richness of character, plot, mood and setting in Shakespeare's works. It is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for the young.

Shakespeare Stories II

Shakespeare Stories II

Author: Leon Garfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/1997

The companion volume to the highly acclaimed SHAKESPEARE STORIES. Leon Garfield presents anew nine more of Shakespeare's memorable dramas. Together Leon Garfield and Michael Foreman have produced a literary and illustrative tour de force that pays homage to the world's most celebrated playwright.

The Saga of Erik the Viking

The Saga of Erik the Viking

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/1988

This is the tale of a Viking warrior by the name of Erik. But Erik is no ordinary Viking. With his trusty band of men he sets sail in search of the land where the sun goes at night - but he finds much more! The Sea Dragon, Dogfighters and giants combine to make his voyage a great saga of thrilling adventures. Written by Terry Jones, most famous for his membership of the Monty Python team, this is a wonderful tale, expertly spun, which won the Children's Book Award.

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/1987

Three raindrops have an argument on their way out of a cloud ... A silly King goes for a walk with a dog tied to each leg ... An enterprising herring, bored of the North Sea, decides to swim right round the world ... Thirty short stories of magic and adventure penned by Monty Python team member, Terry Jones. Embracing the tradition of the fairy tale, but adding Jones's inimitable comic imagination and originality, each story makes a perfect bedtime read for children - and grown ups! `Could become a modern classic ... the book is a joy' Brian Patten, Spectator.

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