Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer
  

Imaginary Fred

Written by Eoin Colfer
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 There are so many adjectives you could use to describe this book - extraordinary, dazzling, original, funny, irresistible, quirky, imaginative, clever, stunning - but none go far enough. A truly unique work of art, it combines the talents of two superstars of the children's book world into something so simple yet so clever. It is a must for every family to share and will bring a positive glow to each and every reader and listener for no sooner than it pulls at the heart strings it will have you chuckling out loud too. A truly special picture book and a classic in the making. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Synopsis

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer

WINNER OF CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR, IRISH BOOK AWARDS An extraordinary collaboration between Irish Children's Laureate, Eoin Colfer, and picture book superstar, Oliver Jeffers!

Sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one. An imaginary friend like Fred...Fred floated like a feather in the wind until a lonely little boy wished for him and found a friendship like no other.

The perfect chemistry between Eoin Colfer's text and Oliver Jeffer's artwork make for a dazzlingly original colour gift book.

Reviews

The first collaboration from two children's books superstars (it also marks Colfer's picture book debut) is a quirky and comical delight, bursting with warmth and wit. Bookseller

Jeffers's spidery vignettes are perfectly synced to Colfer's bubbly, confiding narrative. Publishers Weekly [USA]

Praise for ‘Lost and Found’

‘Beautifully illustrated, simple warm story…little children will love to share it.’ Carousel

‘My picture book of the year, a joyful exploration of the power of friendship.’ Irish Independent

Praise for ‘How to Catch a Star’:

‘The best recent picture book by light years… stylishly spellbinding.’ Telegraph

‘Hail to new talent… If only all picture books could be this good.’ The Bookseller

About the Author

Eoin Colfer

Both Eoin Colfer’s parents were teachers and young Eoin was taught by his dad Billy at Wexford’s Christian Brothers primary. Eoin remembers his dad’s presence in school as “witty…[he] made school fun.” Colfer junior’s first attempt at serious writing came in the sixth grade. “I wrote a play for the class about Norse Gods. Everyone died in the end except me.”

Eoin followed in his parents’ footsteps and trained to be a teacher but his writing didn't stop and his first book, Benny and Omar, appeared in 1999 and instantly achieved bestselling status in Ireland. Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

Apart from the hugely successful Artemis Fowl series his books include The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World, And another thing.... and his most recent adventure novel W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin.

Eoin Colfer was nominated for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award.

picture copyright Michael Paynter.

Here's a hilarious clip from Eoin Colfer Virtually Live:

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT EOIN COLFER... Praise for Artemis Fowl

“Wildly original… and you thought fairy stories were just for kids.” - T2 (The Telegraph)

“It’s a highly original adventure story with an action-packed plot which twists and turns right to the end – a kind of William Gibson meets the Hobbit/Irish Legends. It has all the right ingredients.” Marc Lambert, Children’s Programme Director at the Edinburgh Festival

“Make sure you buy it!” Denise Van Outen, Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast

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Format

Paperback
48 pages

Author

Eoin Colfer
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Author's Website

www.eoincolfer.com/

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Publisher

HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

6th October 2016

ISBN

9780008126162

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