Written by Eoin Colfer
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
48 pages – ages 7+
Published by HarperCollins on September 29, 2015
Synopsis- Fred is a good imaginary friend – he never complains about who summoned him, and he always tries to be the best friend possible – the imaginary friend each child wishes for. But sometimes, Fred dreams of finding his own friend, one who will like music, drama, and reading the way he does. One day, Fred gets his wish. A boy named Sam wishes for an imaginary friend. Sam and Fred are perfect for each other, and have similar interests. It’s all wonderful. Then, one day, Sam makes a new friend – a real friend. Is this the end of Fred’s perfect friendship? Will he start to fade again?
What I Thought- This was a good-hearted story about friendship, and loneliness. Fred knows how the system works – befriend a kid, play with the kid, and then the kid makes a friend which causes Fred then starts to fade away, and is taken away with the wind. You can understand how he feels, then, when his perfect friend “starts the cycle”. At 48 pages, the book is a bit longer than your usual picture book, but it works well with the story. Eoin Colfer, the author of the awesome Artemis Fowl series, has written an amazing first picture book. Keeping true to his writing style, he does it in a non-conventional format. Oliver Jeffers’ illustrations are a perfect fit for this story, and I love his way of showing “imaginariness” in Fred and the other imaginary friends. I really enjoyed this book.
I give this book five out of five bookworms.
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