Written by A. F. Harrold
Illustrated by Emily Gravett
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November 2014 Book of the Month A richly visualised story which explores imaginary friends and the very special role they play in children’s lives. Amanda and her imaginary friend Rudger have the best of times playing together. While Amanda’s mother accepts the existence of Rudger she can’t actually see him. He is only visible to Amanda until the sinister Mr Bunting and the pale girl who travels with him turn up on the doorstep. Mr Bunting is searching out imaginaries with sinister intentions. When Amanda is hit by a car Rudger goes on the run and learns the rules of being an imaginary. Emily Gravett’s illustrations capture the hazy world of the imaginaries brilliantly.
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
- Sam Harper, age 10 - 'I love the idea of a world full of imaginaries who can only be seen by people with big imaginations. A very funny, quirky and exciting story with fantastic illustrations and a brilliant climax.' Read full review >
- Lily Benner, age 10 - 'Cool, creepy, exciting and very different. I couldn't stop reading it.' Read full review >
- Lucas, age 9 - 'I just loved this book!' Read full review >
- Traviss Chaytors, age 11 - 'An unusual scary story but worth the read.' Read full review >
- William longlands, age 10 - '8/10 - a good book but not for me.' Read full review >
- Amelie Chatham, age 11 - 'If you have a vivid imagination this book is brilliant for you!' Read full review >
- Lucy Minton, age 10 - 'I would give this book full marks for a truly enjoyable read.' Read full review >
- Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12 – 'Wow,what a great book! A brilliant story unlike anything I have read before. I 'imagine' everyone(aged 9+) will enjoy this amazing adventure.'Read full review >
- Luke Bauer, age 11 - 'Who knows who you can find in the back of a wardrobe! This book was well presented with amazing illustrations which made the book come alive.' Read full review >
- Peace, age 9 - 'I enjoyed this book so much that I passed it on to my big sister, aged 11, who also loved it.' Read full review >
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The Imaginary by A. F. Harrold
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 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.
Full of comical characters and disastrous situations, it will keep children entertained from beginning to end. Booktrust on Fizzlebert Stump
AF Harrold writes with a very distinctive, unusual and utterly charming voice in this warm and funny tale. ... Fabulous. -- Jeremy Strong The Guardian
About the Author
Interest Age: from 9 to 11
A. F. Harrold
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
23rd October 2014
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