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Imaginary Fred

Imaginary Fred

About the Book

Author: Eoin Colfer

Age Range: 5-7 Years 7-11 Years

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review

Many youngsters will know exactly what it means to have an imaginary friend – but what must it feel like actually to be one? That’s the intriguing question explored in this magical book, which is the result of a collaboration between two of the best loved names in children’s fiction: Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers. Both are, of course, formidable storytellers, and each brings his own unique brilliance to the tale of Fred, a figmental being in search of a playmate after having been dropped by yet another chum who has found someone ‘real’  to replace him. Fred is delighted when he’s called into the life of Sam, with whom turns out to have much in common (like music, making comic books and a desire to learn French) – and when his new pal meets Sammi his fears of rejection finally prove unnecessary, because she comes along with Frieda, a whimsical companion of her own. Sophisticated jokes are scattered throughout – both in Colfer’s beautifully poised prose and Jeffers’ distinctive artwork; and there’s a reassuring message about the ability of true friendship to survive inevitable progression and change. Superb.

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