Michael Foreman

Michael Foreman


Michael Foreman is one of the outstanding creators of children’s picture books today, whether working alone on such classics as Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish and War Boy, or illustrating the work of authors as diverse as Shakespeare, Wilde and Terry Jones.

Born: Pakefield, Suffolk, March 21st 1938
Jobs: Art Director, Artist, Author
Lives: London & Cornwall
First Book for Children: The General, 1961

Michael Foreman was born in the fishing village of Pakefield. His father had died a month before he was born but “during the war the other boys’ fathers were away, and that helped me; not having a father didn’t seem unusual”.

His mother ran the newsagents. “We didn’t have any books at all when I was a child,” Michael remembers, “although I did read all the magazines we used to get in. My favourite was John Bull because it always had a drawn c...


Pakefield, Suffolk

The Wind in the Willows

Over the Rainbow

My one remaining toy soldier from childhood. He has lost his head.

Field of Dreams

When did you start writing?
My first book, The General was published in 1961 when I was 21 years old. I was still an art student and had been at art school since I was 15.

Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
From life, what I read, where I go, what I see and the people I meet. From history, from dreams, from daydreams, from an object, an old coin, a stone, the sea.

Can you give your top 3 tips to becoming a successful author?
1. Write everyday, and get into the habit of seeing ideas in everything.
2. Make working at writing and illustrating a way of life...


Published by Puffin

Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish jacket image
  • Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Oct 28 1993
  • 3 - 5 years
Seasons of Splendour jacket image
  • Seasons of Splendour
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Feb 27 1992
  • 9 - 11 years
The Saga of Erik the Viking jacket image
  • The Saga of Erik the Viking
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 29 1988
  • 8 - 12 years
Fairy Tales jacket image
  • Fairy Tales
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 28 1987
  • 9 - 11 years
The Selfish Giant jacket image
  • The Selfish Giant
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Oct 26 1995
  • 0 - 3 years

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