Thursday, June 4, 2015

Picture Book Review: The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend

The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat
Scholastic, 2014
Source: purchased for my daughter

This is the story of Beekle, an imaginary friend without a friend to imagine him into being.  So he takes matters into his own hands and journeys to the real world to find his friend.  

Filled with vibrant images of imaginary places, real places, adventures, and hope that contrast beautifully with starker images of what seems to be adulthood and loneliness, this book is truly beautiful.  I enjoyed the reflection of the real world that surprises Beekle due to the lack of kids and cake and the presence of naps.  When he finds a spot of color at the playground he’s sure this is a magical place where his friend will be.  The text is handwritten and adds an even more whimsical feel to the story.

A beautiful book for children with our without their own imaginary friend.  It may even spur a few unimaginary friendships.  I recommend this book for kids young and old.  Adults will surely smile knowingly at some of the pages as they recognize moments from their own lives and the lives of the children they know.

Image Source: Goodreads

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