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
Interest Age: To 5
More books by Dan Santat
Andersen Press Ltd
6th October 2016
Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press
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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