Imaginary Fred (Hardcover)


Imaginary Fred (Hardcover)

A quirky, funny, and utterly irresistible story from Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers, two of the finest children’s book creators on the planet.

When Brooke was a toddler she had her imaginary friends, Turkey and Sally.  I’m not sure where they came from, but learned more and more about them as Brooke would bring them into conversations.  While she doesn’t talk about them anymore now that she is a BIG kindergartner, it was always fun to hear her talk to them and then, eventually, about them to Bob and I for about a year – maybe a little more.  I read about young children having imaginary friends and learned that it is actually quite healthy and creative for kids to role-play friends with their imagination.  It was a time when Brooke was getting older, making a lot of friends at preschool, and I imagine it was a great way for her to role-play events from the day when she was home.  Brooke is still as imaginative as ever although it is now with her drawings and homemade books while home and her ever-expanding friendships through school where it shines through.  However, we will always fondly remember Turkey and Sally as part of her childhood.

Imaginary Fred is a new book that talks about a boy named Sam and his imaginary friend named Fred.  Fred is a wonderful friend and the Dramatic Duo (as they call themselves) have a lot of fun together.  That is until Sam meets a new (non-imaginary) friend named Sammi and the book explores what actually happens to imaginary friends once they start to fade from a child’s memory.  Luckily, it seems that Imaginary Fred is able to hang out with another old imaginary friend of Sammi’s and not fade away and the two conclude that imaginary or not, all friendships are real and important.  The idea is so sweet that imaginary friends are able to continue on once they are created and Brooke seemed to get a kick out of the book.  Geared toward preschool through third grade, Imaginary Fred gives a wonderful account of a child’s friendships, real and imaginary, and how great friendships never die, although some may fade away.

Texas Book Festival!  Coming to the Texas Book Festival, Austinites?  The children’s book author lineup includes another awesome HarperCollins author!  Come hear read about Pig in a Wig, this Sunday at 1:00. 

Imaginary Fred (Hardcover)

List Price: $ 18.99 (Currently on sale at for $ 10.65)

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