Imaginary Fred (Hardcover)

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By Eoin Colfer, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
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It seems like all the children's literature powerhouses are teaming up lately, and Imaginary Fred is no exception, with words by Eoin Colfer (of Artemis Fowl fame) and pictures by acclaimed illustrator Oliver Jeffers (The Day the Crayons Quit). Imaginary Fred has been the devoted imaginary friend to many human children, but each time, his more material counterparts grow out of him and Fred begins to dissipate back into the clouds, to await another child to call him into service. When Fred finally finds Sam, he knows he's met someone he can stick with. But when Sam makes another human friend, Sammi, Fred begins to worry that he'll again be dismissed to the wispy clouds. Jeffers highlights the imaginary characters and objects with colored pixelation, an effective tactic to demonstrate such characters' instability. The ending, however, asks readers to questions how insubstantial the imaginary characters truly are. 

— From Niki's Picks


From the internationally bestselling author Eoin Colfer and the New York Times Bestselling illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit comes a quirky, funny, and utterly irresistible story.

Did you know that 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 Sam, a lonely little boy, wished for him and, together, they found a friendship like no other.

The perfect chemistry between Eoin Colfer's text and Oliver Jeffers's artwork makes for a dazzlingly original picture book.

About the Author

Eoin Colfer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series as well as two adult crime novels, Plugged, which was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Screwed. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories. From his much-loved debut, How to Catch a Star, Oliver has gone on to create a collection of award-winning and bestselling picture books (including the illustrations for The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt), which have been translated into many languages all over the world. Originally from Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Oliver used to have an imaginary friend called Egbert. But Egbert stole his bicycle and was last seen pedaling west as hard as he could. That was seventeen years ago.

Praise For…

“In this smart collaboration, Colfer and Jeffers introduce Fred, a seasoned imaginary friend. Jeffers’s spidery vignettes are perfectly synced to Colfer’s bubbly, confiding narrative.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An effervescent bit of fun.”
— School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062379559
ISBN-10: 0062379550
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
Pages: 48
Language: English