The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

Written by Dan Santat

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Imaginary friends are a rich source for writers and ‘unimaginary friend’ Beekle’s story is rather special. A pudgy little blob of white, he waits to be picked with the other imaginary friends, but he’s still there alone after they’ve all gone. So he does the unimaginable and sets off alone to find his friend himself. The voyage is frightening, but beautiful, the real world grey; a muted place where no-one stops to hear the music. Only in a children’s playground does it light up and it’s near there that Beekle finds the friend he’s been waiting for, and learns that she’s been waiting for him too. The text is short, Santat’s detailed, fantastical pictures carry most of the story. The uplifting message about finding the courage to make your own way will resonate with children and adults alike. ~ Andrea Reece


The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

On one very special day an imaginary friend is born on an island far away. Here, he and his other imaginary friends play all day and each night they sit beneath the stars, hoping and waiting for their turn to be picked, to be imagined, by a real child. But this particular imaginary friend waits and waits, and still no child imagines him. So he does the unimaginable - he sets off into the real world. Once there, he searches so long that he is just about to give up, when a shy, bookish girl named Alice meets him. Gradually they discover they are perfect for each other...and Alice has the perfect name for her imaginary friend: Beekle.


A sweet, mind-bending gumdrop of a tale New York Times

Bursting at the seams with charm Huffington Post

Charming Guardian, The Best New Children's Books

A feel-good tale about friendship, childhood and finding your place in the world -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller

A wonderful book about friendship, imagination and courage... This is a book to treasure, and its enduring message about friendship will not date. Books for Keeps

About the Author

Dan Santat is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator. His picture book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, won the 2015 Caldecott Medal for distinguished illustration. He also wrote The Guild of Geniuses and created the Disney Channel animated series The Replacements. He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and various pets.

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40 pages
Interest Age: To 5


Dan Santat
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

6th October 2016




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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