Imaginary Fred (Hardcover)
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 internationally bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, as well as several standalone novels, including the highly acclaimed Airman. His newest series is W.A.R.P. Eoin was born and raised in Ireland, where he was appointed Children's Laureate. Eoin has two imaginary friends who are hilarious because they insist they are his actual sons and need stuff like food and clothing.
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.
“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