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Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn't exist, but nobody's perfect.Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend – until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he's sniffed out Rudger. Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend toRudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn't exist, but nobody's perfect.Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend – until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he's sniffed out Rudger. Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up?A brilliantly funny, scary and moving read from the unique imagination of A.F. Harrold, this beautiful book is astoundingly illustrated with integrated art and colour spreads by the award-winning Emily Gravett....

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ISBN : 9780802738110
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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The Imaginary Reviews

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-05-25 06:06

    I am a BIG fan of imaginary friends (Helloooooo. I am a writer.) So obviously I knew this book and I would be marvellously happy in each other's company. Plus it's super cute. And the illustrations...aHHHHH. This is why I read MG, folks, because while YA is my favourite thing in ever, it is seriously lacking in the illustration department. Basically I adore the artist's style and how most of the drawings were black and white with a single splash of colour. The story is, naturally, about a girl (Amanda) and her imaginary friend (Rudger) whom she found in the back of her closest. They have all sorts of imaginary adventures and there's like an imaginary-friend-eating-monster that comes to spice things up. The monster-dude had a really dark and creepy companion and...well, I was really impressed that the book managed to be creepy but not terrifying. I could totally imagine 10-year-old me liking this.ALTHOUGH. I have to admit...would 10-year-old me really connect with Amanda and her imaginary friend? I mean, they were super cute and I LOVED Rudger. But (I guess she was 8 or 10) I just wasn't sure she would still have an imaginary friend. I mean, I guess that was the point of the book: Amanda had a wild imagination and that was unusual. (For kids her age?) But if I'd been a kid reading this, I would've been skeptical of Amanda. (Now, as an adult reading it, I like it just fine.) IF THAT EVEN ALL MAKES SENSE. ERMAGERD. WHAT AM I SAYING.Amanda herself was an interesting character. Like, I liked her...but the book definitely underlined that she was a) self obsessed, and b) ONLY interested in her own world. Because she frequently hurt Rudger's feelings and totally was oblivious to him being upset. So Amanda was kind of a jerk. But an endearing one?? And Rudger was 100% adorable. He was always being bullied about but was still sweet and squishy. I LIKE.Basically...I WANT AN IMAGINARY FRIEND NAMED RUDGER. My childhood was obviously lacking. (I never had an imaginary friend, okay? Let me cry.) I loved the this book is just so pretty to look at. And the story line was fabulous and I basically whipped through it in an hour. It reminded me of Toy Story, actually. It also reminded me that growing up is overrated. Always be yourself -- unless you can be Peter Pan and never grow up and always have an imagination. (PS This is my 300th review for 2015. SQUEEE.)

  • Figgy
    2019-06-02 07:05

    Featured on my 2014 favourites list!‘What is this?’ she said, her back to the wardrobe.‘Oh,’ said Amanda. ‘That’s my coat.’‘And what’s it doing in there?’‘Hanging up?’ Amanda suggested cautiously.‘But, darling,’ her mum said in a quieter voice. ‘It’s all wet. Look, it’s dripping. Hang it up downstairs by the radiator. I’ve told you before, don’t just stick it in the cupboard. It’ll get mouldy. When are you ever going to learn?’‘On Monday at school,’ Amanda said.Meet Amanda Shuffleup.She’s funny, imaginative, and has a best friend named Rudger.Rudger’s not real, but nobody’s perfect.He stood up. He could do this. What would Amanda have done if she’d been in his shoes? Probably complained her shoes were too big, but after she’d’ve gone through the door and faced whatever was on the other sideThey’re the best of friends, and they do everything together; travel to other planets, journey through the jungle, make their way twenty thousand leagues under the sea.But then Mr Bunting knocks on the door of the Shuffleup house, and catches a whiff of imagination.Once he catches that smell, he keeps turning up everywhere Rudger goes.The rest of this review can be found here!

  • Mangrii
    2019-06-12 05:07

    A.F. Harrold nos narra la historia de un amigo imaginario llamado Rudger, el amigo real de Amanda. Pero resulta que Amanda es atropellada por un coche, y Rudger se queda solo. Lo que no sabe es que si eres un Imaginario y la persona que te imagina ya no puede hacerlo, comienzas a desaparecer. La trama nos mostrará el camino que recorre Rudger para tratar de encontrar a Amanda haciendo que otras personas lo imaginen. Pero mientras tanto, el señor Bunting, un extraño hombre que se come a los Imaginarios, lo perseguirá para tratar de hacerlo desaparecer para siempre.Me he enamorado de esta historia. Me ha tocado hondo. Puede que porque haya sido un niño solitario, porque tenga mucha imaginación o por que tenga esa nostalgia infantil siempre conmigo, pero A.F. Harrold me ha tocado el corazón con una varita lectora y me ha clavado su historia. Un estilo narrativo impecable (y magníficamente traducido por Gemma Rovira) nos lleva por una historia sobre la amistad, el amor de la familia, la imaginación, la soledad y el miedo a crecer. Una lectura entretenida para el niño y con múltiples lecturas para el adulto.La edición es una gozada, con esas ilustraciones de la edición original de Emily Gravett que Blackie Books ha traído para su publicación. Una narración sencilla que se acompaña de ciertos componentes tétricos que recuerdan a historias de Gaiman como Coraline o a la magia que desprendía Roald Dahl en sus novelas. Ganadora del premio UKLA para la categoría entre 7-11 años, Los Imaginarios se convierte en mi mejor lectura infantil/juvenil en lo que va de año. Disfrutadla si podéis y gustáis de este tipo de lectura.Reseña más extensa:

  • Erica
    2019-06-18 02:59

    I'm a little sad I couldn't read this as a kid and then again as an adult; I suspect the story would change greatly between the two readings.This story seems like what we'd get if we asked Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman to collaborate. It's a little off-kilter, it's imaginative with a bent for strangeness, and there's a frightening adult whom other adults don't fear. There was even one chapter that sounded just like Gaiman's voice as I read it.So.Imaginary friends.Who had one?I did. I had several, actually, and from a really early age. I don't remember what my first friends looked like but, from what I've been told, they had a rich life in the carpet. They had cities and there was a mayor and I had to pick them all up, every single one, before anyone vacuumed. I was 2 or 3 at the time.I was also BFF with The Flash right before kindergarten and hobbits came down from the mountains to visit me regularly when I was 6, or so. It was pretty great.I understood Amanda's world just fine.What killed me, though, was her mom's world and the double loss the woman had to endure at the end of the book. I will admit, there were a few tears shed over that.This story is quirky and fun, light-hearted but with a bit of creepiness. I recommend it to kids who love Dahl's work and those who have hearty imaginations.

  • Patricia Bejarano
    2019-06-04 10:07

    Un libro increíble, que aunque esté recomendado para niños a partir de 8 años, creo que rompe fronteras entre los genéros de literatura. Porque sí, va dirigido a un público infantil, pero un adulto va a disfrutar este libro aún más, porque es maravilloso. Jamás había leído un libro donde el tema principal fueran los amigos invisibles, el por qué de su existencia y cómo funciona su mundo, y me ha parecido una auténtica pasada la originalidad con la que se trata el asunto. Y ya no hablemos de la prosa tan lírica que se marca el autor, que es una gozada. Y ¿las ilustraciones? Otra maravilla. Los imaginarios ha sido una lectura que ha hecho volar mi imaginación, que me ha hecho sentir (y volver a ser niña en muchos momentos) y que devoré en poco tiempo. RECOMENDADÍSIMA.

  • Sarah Churchill
    2019-05-28 09:13

    I loved every moment of this, through every funny, moving and downright scary part.

  • Pamela
    2019-05-30 10:15

    Perhaps I am blind and don't know it (that would be some Inception-level insanity right there), or horribly tasteless, or uncultured, or what have you, but I simply can't see why people are raving about this book. I found it depressing and with very little character growth. Most of the characters were unlikable and not in a snarky way.Amanda Shuffleup finds a boy in her wardrobe one day, except she's the only one who can see him. He's her imaginary friend! Yay!Okay, fine! I'll give it a shot. She names her imaginary friend Rudger. To me, this was the first stumbling block. I kept reading it as "Roger," which makes a bit more sense. How would one pronounce "Rudger"? Hard "g" or soft "g"? Rud-jer or Rud-ger? Then I kept thinking of Rutger Hauer and things got all Blade Runner on me.Amanda, darling little thing that she is, uses Rudger to scam people out of all kinds of stuff. Extra cookies? Rudger needs two, but she'll eat them for safe keeping! You want her to eat what? Rudger doesn't eat that. Amanda's mother is presented as being *open minded* when in reality she is her daughter's yes-man (er, yes-woman). Alas, there is an Evil Man out to try and take Rudger away from Amanda and gobble him all up! After a failed imaginary friend-napping attempt, Amanda is far more concerned with her broken piggy bank and winning a game of hide and seek than the fact that her nominal best friend was almost taken away. I suppose you could argue that children are inherently selfish, blah blah blah, but Amanda is the most self-absorbed child I've come across in literature since Mike Wormwood in Matilda. There's this infuriating car scene where Amanda just yammers away and Rudger is suffering, poor fellow, and she deigns to forgive him for the ruckus caused by the almost-napping. While at the store, Amanda and Rudger are cornered by Mr. Bunting, the Evil Mustachioed Gobbler of Imaginary Friends, who thankfully unfortunately hits Amanda with his car. She goes off to hospital and Rudger ... starts to fade. Now, look. If I were Rudger, I'd thank all the saints of the imaginary friends and fade away into nothingness, blissfully untouchable and unaware of Amanda's mindless chatter. BUT NO. Rudger falls in with a group of unattached imaginary friends looking for new children to glom on to. All Rudger can think about is getting back to Amanda. Clearly, Rudger has some masochistic tendencies. I suppose I was intended to find the variety of imaginary friends positively dee-lightful, but I just kept wishing Rudger would disappear and be out of his misery.Total spoiler here: he ends up finding Amanda with the assistance of Mrs. Shuffleup's old imaginary friend, and together they defeat the evil Mr. Bunting and wake Amanda from a coma, so she can go about her old ways. The end.I didn't notice that Amanda learned anything, or changed her tune, at all. She's still whingey, nasty Amanda. Toss in a totally out of place Indiana Jones reference and some "eh" illustrations by Emily Gravett (she is not my favorite illustrator), and you've got a hot mess from which children will learn that they needn't be polite or caring to have an awesome (imaginary) BFF.This review has been brought to you by a bitter spinster librarian. I'm off to go knit some cat hair into a girdle now, thanks.I received an ARC of this title from Netgalley.

  • Claudia Badiu
    2019-05-31 06:09

    Povestea e frumoasă, ca o zi din copilărie în care îți imaginezi o mulțime de lucruri și în care fantezia colorează până și cele mai cenușii situații. Cartea e pentru zilele în care vrei să-ți reamintești...

  • Rashika (is tired)
    2019-06-02 06:09

    ***This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoThis is such a heartfelt book that is bound to make you feel all mushy and warm inside. If you, like me, were an avid watcher for Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, I think this book will be right up your alley and will probably have you flipping through the pages as fast as I was flipping through them. The only real disappointment I had while reading this book was that I read an e-arc so that meant I couldn’t experience the gorgeous drawings in this book in all their glory.I haz so many feels from reading this book and I am not even sure where to start experessing them. For starters, you should know, this book can be surprisingly dark considering the fact that it’s meant for children.This book is actually more focused on Rudger, the imaginary friend, than Amanda and I thought that was interesting. It’s about what happens when he gets separated from his human and the evil imaginary friend eating monster he has to deal with. I though Rudger was a fantastic character even if he did make that one incredibly questionable decision (which he owned up to a minute later so I couldn’t help but forgive him) and I just loved him so much. He is so sweet and adorable and you just want to hug him.Amanda may have become a secondary character in this book but I still adored her. She may have been annoying at times but she was a child and children tend to be self centered. It’s funny because she never really acknowledges that she was wrong but you know that she knows and you know that she has grown by the end of the book and that’s enough. She is a funny, witty character and you can see why she and Rudger are best friends. This is the kind of book where there is a chance that the parent will be awful but Amanda’s mom aka Fridge’s Lizzie (you’ll get that reference when you read the book), is a great parent. She knows that Amanda has an imaginary friend but her first instinct isn’t to take her to the psychiatrist. When she was worried, she called her mom and she drew her own conclusions based on the fact that it didn’t seem to be affecting her daughter negatively and decided to play along (although Amanda does know that Rudger isn't real).This book has it’s villain and boy was the villain a jerk faced jerk.  Mr. Bunting eats imaginary friends because that helps sustain him and now he’s after Rudger.  DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN. It’s not surprising how all of this turns out but at the same time, the author had me worried for a while there!I absolutely adore this book and if you’re looking for a fun children’s book, I wouldn’t hesitate to push it at you *pushes the book at you* (I am a serial pusher). So go readdd this amazingness, it’s WORTH IT.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-06-07 07:47

    Littered with stunning and brilliant illustrations and themes of the importance of creativity, The Imaginary introduces its readers to Amanda, an average British girl living with her apparent single mom. Although Amanda does have a few real friends (most of whom ignore her), her best friend in the world is Rudger, a creative and intelligent little boy who is her constant companion. But Rudger isn't real. Unlike Amanda, Rudger is an imaginary friend.Rudger can't seem to catch a break at all throughout the book. From being targeted by a suspicious man in a Hawaiian tourist t-shirt who keeps showing up in odd places, to learning abut the dreaded "child psychologist", he's in danger at every turn. But with a little imagination and a lot of friendship from Amanda and her mom, and from old friends of long ago, Rudger might be able to stay around for as long as possible.

  • K.J. Charles
    2019-06-08 05:55

    Wonderful children's book, one of the best I've encountered in a long time.Emily Gravett's art is outstanding, and beautifully integrated. The story is funny and scary and moving. Mr Bunting scares the crap out of me, let alone my kids, who were shocked into terrified silence (yesssss). Really excellent. disclaimer: professional connection. I have lots of professional connections to lots of books and authors, and I never rave about books I don't love.

  • Dyah
    2019-06-05 02:05

    Though I'm not a fan of Amanda's character, I like the overall story. It's quite shocking for a middle grade story. And the illustrations are pretty nice.

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-04 05:55

    Clever, warm, sweet, but also terrifying, with a subtle current of darkness even under the main 'bad guys' of the story. Like, for example, (view spoiler)[what about that poor girl that was Bunting's imaginary friend? What was her story? (hide spoiler)]I appreciate that one reviewer compared this to Dahl and Gaiman. I'd also add that if you're familiar with Emily Gravett you know why she's the perfect choice as illustrator. And I'm grateful that she did lots of illustrations for it!I will consider more by the author, and of course I will continue to read more by the illustrator.

  • FuchsiaGroan
    2019-05-29 03:46

    Preciosísimo libro, en todos los sentidos. Una gozada las ilustraciones, y una gran historia de aventuras, amistad e imaginación, con muy buenos personajes, tanto los niños como los adultos, y una trama original y entretenida.De esas novelas que pueden disfrutarse a cualquier edad. Estoy convencida de que mi yo niña se habría entusiasmado con la historia y la habría releído mil veces.

  • Stefan Bachmann
    2019-05-28 01:48

    This reminded me of Coraline. Only I thought it was better than Coraline. :) It's a tiny bit creepy, very funny, super imaginative (get it, because it's about imaginary friends, haaaaa, wow Stefan), and the illustrations are plentiful and whimsical and sometimes terrifying. For some reason I was expecting this to be tragic à la A Monster Calls, but it's not, and apart from a few PG scary bits and a touch of dark humor, it's all positivity and jolliness and adventure. I loved it.

  • Erica
    2019-05-25 07:07

    This might be my most favorite middle-grade novel I've ever read. I can't even count the number of times I stopped while reading to read a part out loud to my husband or show him one of the illustrations. The world that A.F. Harrold has created (and Emily Gravett has enhanced with her art) is just so joyful and poignant and delightful. Highly recommended.

  • Jane Beedell
    2019-06-03 05:03

    Mr Bunting makes the perfect villain. A beautiful story about children's imagination that keeps you hooked until the end

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-06-02 04:49

    For more reviews, gifs, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.Erica Barmash first mentioned this one on Twitter months and months ago. Middle grade, as I keep saying, isn’t my jam most of the time. However, all of her praise made me want to check out The Imaginary, so, when the time came, I requested it, crossing my fingers I wouldn’t regret my choice.I’m so grateful that I tried The Imaginary, because I think, without Erica’s promo, I probably never would have looked at it twice. The Imaginary is this gorgeous, surprisingly creepy story about imaginary friends and growing up.The introduction, as introductions often are, is a bit misleading. It does, however, set the tone for The Imaginary really well. I mean, the first sentence is “Amanda was dead,” so this book isn’t going to be all fluffy magic times. There are silly, humorous moments, but there are also really dark ones too. The best comparison I can devise is A Monster Calls, though that’s taking on a heavier subject. Both are surprisingly dark, with beautiful stories made more arresting by the use of incredibly perfect illustrations. The Imaginary‘s intended audience skews a bit younger, but both are very powerful and a feast for the eyeballs.One of the downsides of advance review copies is that you tend not to get the final illustrations. In this case, I did get to see seven of the ten full color illustrations in full color, though they were put together at the beginning of the novel. From those, it’s clear that Emily Gravett makes excellent use of color, popping certain things out of a gray background. Personally, I love the illustrations in black and white, so this wasn’t really a hardship.I can only imagine the finished copy will be stunning. The illustrations are amazing, but, even more than the larger pictures, I adore the small touches that combine to make this book so pretty. There are a few pages with white font on a black background or where an illustration interacts with the text. Page breaks have a little cat in a whole bunch of poses. Not to mention the fact that there’s this one page that will haunt me because the illustration does horror so effectively.The Imaginary posits what life is like for imaginary friends. Rudger is Amanda’s imaginary friend. The idea of imaginary friends is considered from two main angles: that of the imaginary friend and that of those looking on at the imaginary friendship. I think these two different considerations make The Imaginary an excellent choice for both children and older readers, particularly parents who might be side-eyeing their child’s imaginary friend.I don’t think that I had an imaginary friend when I was a child, but I feel really horrible thinking I might have had and forgotten one. Most likely my imaginary friends were all the book characters I clung to, rather than one like Rudger. It’s unbearably sad to consider the way they disappear once the person who dreamed them up forgets them. The library of forgotten imaginary friends is at once the most comical portion of the book and the saddest.I iz not alone. I got frands!More than anything, The Imaginary delights in the imagination. One mother sends her child to a psychologist because she doesn’t approve of imaginary friends. Amanda’s mother, however, indulges Amanda, even going so far as to make food for Rudger, though he doesn’t eat it obviously. Combined with Rudger and Amanda’s story, looking at these two parents, it was impossible for me to see the other girl’s mother as doing anything but stifling creativity. Imaginary friends fade with time, but they’re sometimes an essential part of development.I highly recommend taking the time to read The Imaginary. It’s under 220 pages and there are pictures, so why not? Seriously SO GORGEOUS.

  • Patt
    2019-05-22 07:58

    UNA MARAVILLOSA HISTORIA PARA TODOS LOS PÚBLICOSEs un libro con una portada maravillosa, que captó inmediatamente mi atención. El principio de la historia engaña un poco porque parece que va a ser algo oscuro, misterioso, pero hacia la mitad se vuelve algo más cercano a la novela de aventuras y tiene un toque más infantil que el principio. Sin embargo, la idea que rodea toda la narración es estupenda: una oda a la importancia de la creatividad y a la imaginación. Además, hay algunos personajes que, si bien no están perfectamente perfilados, son de esos a los que se les toma cariño enseguida. Y no podría olvidarme de las preciosas ilustraciones que decoran sus páginas y de la cuidadísima maquetación de la novela que hacen que sea un verdadero placer leerla."Los imaginarios" es de esos libros que son a priori infantiles, pero que tienen capas que se pueden ir desentrañando a medida que la edad del lector aumenta. No podría estar más de acuerdo con la frase de J. A. Bayona que se incluye en la faja promocional del libro: "He tenido la suerte de descubrir de adult[a] el libro que me habría encantado leer de niñ[a]".Reseña en el blog:

  • Rachael
    2019-06-10 05:02

    I loved this book, from it's cute illustrations to the gripping, twisty-turny, spooky and full of friendship story. Ever had an imaginary friend? Maybe you had one as a child and over time you forgot about them? This book will remind you how special imaginary friends are, especially to a child who is full of imagination. Follow Amanda and her imaginary friend, Rudger, on their adventures and find out what happens to imaginary friends when their real friend goes away! This book gave me goosebumps, made me laugh and tear up. Full of emotion and adventure, I'll be recommending to everyone. Just to note, I read an advanced copy and not all the illustrations were included but the ones which were added greatly to the atmosphere of the book and really brought the characters to life.

  • Kelly Hager
    2019-06-14 08:05

    It's definitely an interesting book, although I'm not sure that it's going to be that appreciated by kids. It's something I think would appeal to a lot of adults, however. (It's a little dark, for one thing, and there's also really not a lot that happens, per se. People who want a lot of adventure may be disappointed, but this book made me think about how quickly childhood is over. (I promise it's not depressing, though!)The synopsis says it's scary, but I think it's more creepy than anything. There are unsettling parts, but nothing worse than what you'd find in Roald Dahl (think The Witches especially). I very much enjoyed reading this and while I doubt there will be a sequel, I would like to check in on Amanda again (preferably with Rudger).

  • Βεατρίκη Π.
    2019-06-09 02:10

    Τα βιβλία που αφορούν την ύπαρξη φανταστικών φίλων στη ζωή κάποιων παιδιών,πάντα με γοήτευε. Γι'αυτό κάθε φορά που ανακαλύπτω ένα βιβλίο με αυτό το θέμα, το αρπάζω κατ'ευθείαν από το ράφι του βιβλιοπωλείου!Το συγκεκριμένο,αν το διάβαζα ως παιδί,θα με είχε συνεπάρει. Στην ενήλικη μου ζωή όμως,δεν με τράβηξε όσο προσδοκούσα. Ήταν αρκετά παιδικό,αλλά ευφάνταστο,με αρκετά μηνύματα,και σε ορισμένα σημεία συγκινητικό.Με γοήτευσε όμως σε υπέρτατο βαθμό η εικονογράφηση! Εξαιρετικά σκίτσα,η εικονογράφος είναι λες και διείσδυσε στη ζωή της πραγματικής Αμάντα και του φανταστικού Ράτζερ. Ακόμη και η πιο ασήμαντη λεπτομέρεια,ήταν αποτυπωμένη εικονικά. Ειδικά αυτό,θα ενθουσιάσει τους μικρούς βιβλιοφάγους! Η έκδοση δε από Μεταίχμιο,εξαιρετική!

  • Nadine Larter
    2019-05-20 05:58

    My mind is being torn in two about this book. You see, I think children will like it. But I kind of like it when I like the children's books as well. I like it when it is written in a language that is kind of ageless, perhaps. I think that might be what it is. This is a truly wonderful story with some excellent imagination happening all over the place. I just didn't like the way it sounded in my head, which was a bit of a pity. Of course that's just me though. the illustrations are lovely, the idea is lovely, and honestly if a movie is ever made of this story I will gleefully take my children to go and watch it, and I will be more excited than they will be.

  • Karin Schott
    2019-06-01 07:09

    oohh..this is good! I know this is good because I am reading it out loud to my little guy. He alternates between,"ooh this is scary" to " keep reading please!"This is a completely original children's story that creates a convincing world with a terrifying bad guy and a determined, if occasionally, fading hero. There are lessons about friendship and staying true to a cause. The writing is wonderful and draws the reader in from the very start. The galley gives just a hint of the magical illustrations that grace this book. The final copy should be a real treat.

  • Ksenia
    2019-05-26 03:07

    What a beautiful story celebrating childhood and of course, the imagination. My favorite part? The mom. She did not question Amanda's imagination, nor did she try to tell Amanda that having imaginary friends is silly. She just went along with it. It all comes down to a bittersweet ending, that is pure wonder!

  • Joy
    2019-05-26 08:55

    Wow, this was absolutely brilliant. Amazing storytelling and such an imaginative book! Full review to come.

  • Carax
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  • Daisy Toomey
    2019-05-18 06:46

    I found The Imaginary a very surreal read, in the best of ways. The concept of Imaginary friends having a bit of a network threatened with issues such as fading and Mr Bunting, shed what I felt was a quite original light. The book is well paced in character development, with Amanda as a strong central character. I particularly liked the distinct portrayal of Mr Bunting as a “trickster” archetype and the rich descriptive language Harrold uses to highlight his bizarreness in comparison to the books other adults. Gravett’s beautiful Illustrations capture the characters and events perfectly. However after the unpredictable and wild events that occur in the Hospital, I couldn’t help but find the ending a little too predictable

  • Fiona Hill
    2019-05-28 03:59

    This book would be great for encouraging children to use their imagination in creative writing. The way the characters are portrayed and your ideas of them are developed without Harrold actually describing them is very clever. I also found this book very relatable, as I am scatty like Amanda and I also had an imaginary friend as a little girl. Year 6 could attempt creating characters and their personalities like Harrold does, without actually saying what they are like.

  • Ingrid
    2019-05-24 02:11

    Un cuento bonito sobre la amistad, los amigos imaginarios y hacerse adulto :_)