NetGalley Review: The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold & Emily Gravett (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury Children's Published Oct. 23, 2014 224 Pages

Bloomsbury Children’s
Published Oct. 23, 2014
224 Pages

Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. However, Rudger is an imaginary friend and Amanda believed she was the only one who can see him . . . that is until Mr. Bunting arrives.

Mr. Bunting hunts and eats imaginaries and quickly puts Rudger in a corner leaving him alone and quickly fading. What is an imaginary friend to do when the one who dreamed him isn’t there?

If you only had to read one book that is not only cute, creative and a slight bit creepy then this is the book you need to read.

What stood out the most for me for this book is the creativity. Everyone or at least most has had an imaginary friend at some point and the connection that is built with this person, animal or thing is special. Harrold was able to build off this bond without the book solely being focused on the imaginary world. He was able to tie it into real life.

He also was able to freak me out a tad bit out. I wasn’t expecting the creepiness of the book. Between the illustrations and the descriptions, I was done. I am not even upset. It has been a while since I’ve read a children’s book that I’ve enjoyed and I liked this.

Short review I know but I am in love with the blend of imaginary and reality. I love how it pulls at your heart and make you think of your childhood without the creepy guy.

4.5 Pickles.

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