There once was a general who fell off his horse, only to discover the beauty of flowers and nature. From that day on, he vowed to change the world around him by embracing peace. Created in 1961 — and retaining the essence of that decade — this picture book illustrated by three-time Kate Greenaway Medal winner Michael Foreman is lovingly restored in a beautiful edition sure to appeal to longtime fans and new readers alike.
"This fine new edition is both a work of art and a period piece. Michael Foreman’s illustrations lie somewhere between Ronald Searle and John Piper, and his ranks of soldiers and aerial views of cities are resolved into abstract patterns that now seem of their time. It is also a book with a valuable message worth any child taking to heart." Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, Feb 14, 2010
"As Foreman’s first picture book, The General is incredibly assured, His trademark dexterity with watercolour is consummate in his glowingly luminous depiction of the general’s medal studded uniform and in his depiction of the ploughed field where a former soldier sows seed for the next harvest. Also characteristic are his confidently humorous characterisations of generals and troops. His mosaic city map reminiscent of Paolozzi and his stylised flowers are very 60s and now full of retro charm. A handsomely produced 50th anniversary edition that is a real treat!" Books for Keeps Editor's Choice, March 2010