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Imaginary Friends [Kindle Edition]

Darren Pillsbury
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A laugh-out-loud, tear-jerking, heartwarming holiday story for the whole family!

It was a normal Christmas Eve until Jeff Tanner's son Davey snapped a turkey wishbone and made a crazy wish.

Now Jeff is seeing strange things that no one else can - bug-eyed babies, walking teddy bears, and tiny freaks galore.

What's worse, they don't like him. Not one bit.

Now Jeff has to figure out why they're angry, and quick, before his life is ruined by a million, invisible...

IMAGINARY FRIENDS.

Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they're not there.


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  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076DGVY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Imagination November 8, 2007
Format:Paperback
Imaginary Friends is a short, but delightful book that is not only entertaining with it's phenomenal premise, but also full of heart.

The characters are well-fleshed out and the story itself provides a powerful message that you are sure not to forget. Imaginary Friends is a story about love, acceptance, finding oneself, and most importantly--the power of imagination.

A fantastic read for any age group, Imaginary Friends is sure to tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This would make a really cute movie... December 17, 2007
Format:Paperback
What if, as an adult, you could see all the imaginary friends of all the children around you (but no one else could?) And what if these imaginary friends really didn't like you? That's the premise of Darren Pillsbury's book Imaginary Friends. Even though this probably could be classified as a young adult novel, it packs more than enough enjoyment for a grown-up reader like myself. And I found myself seeing this as a really cute family movie that'd be fun to watch...

Jeff Tanner is a toy executive trying to hold his family together after the death of his wife in a car accident. One of his sons (Brian) has withdrawn into a world where all he does is draw monsters. The other son (Davey) is a wise-cracking youngster who has a number of imaginary friends known only to himself. Add in a grandmother who lives with them and a next-door neighbor who provides day care for the two (and who Jeff has a bit of a crush on). During a Christmas dinner, Davey makes a wish with the turkey wishbone, and all of a sudden Jeff can see a number of strange creatures running around and creating havoc in the house. Of course, only Davey finds this normal, as they're his imaginary friends. All the rest of the family is convinced he's going off the deep end. Even leaving the house doesn't help, as every other imaginary friend in the world is out there to torment him. And we're talking "torment", as they are out to cause him physical pain...

The driving story behind the premise is that Jeff is putting Brian into a military school in an attempt to draw him out of his self-imposed shell. No one is convinced this is a good idea, Jeff included, but he doesn't know what else to do.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshingly Talented New Author Arrives on the Scene! November 18, 2007
Format:Paperback
Meet Darren Pillsbury - and oh yes, his cadre of Imaginary Friends he introduces in this debut novel IMAGINARY FRIENDS. Pillsbury has managed to achieve that elusive ability to write a book for the entire family, whether that family is an intact family unit, an extended family, or for individuals who are eager to read uplifting, very funny, well written stories with a dash of the philosophical element that leaves the reader thinking. Pillsbury has a rich imagination and the ability to transfer that to the written page very successfully. He is a writer to watch.

Jeff Tanner works for WACK-O! TOYS INC. as a toy designer. He lives with his two small boys, Brian and Davey, and is a single parent since the death of his wife Susan three years ago, an event that left Jeff grieving and hollow but at the same time committed to raising his two sons to the best of his ability: Brian is the older and is withdrawn, spending his time sketching strange people and monsters; Davey is the clown with a rich imagination who was too young when his mother died to remember her. Susan's mother Granny Jobson lives with Jeff and the boys and is in her own somewhat detached world, spending her idle hours dancing with the memory of her deceased husband. Too near by for comfort live Jeff's parents - Grandmother and Grandfather Tanner - who disapprove of Jeff's meaningless occupation as a toy designer and are rigid in their response to the world and its occupants.

It is Christmas time and while this odd family gathers to celebrate (and remember the importance of Susan's impact), the household is somewhat disrupted by Davey's imaginary friends who create an ongoing ruckus. The atmosphere changes dramatically when Davey snaps the turkey wishbone and PRESTO!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Jeff Tanner is an up and coming executive and toy-designer at the WACK-O! toy company. It is a smallish player in the toy market that emphasizes products with maximum short-term profit rather than longevity and quality. The company is run by a blowhard named Caruthers. Jeff and a few others disagree with this, but they have bills to pay. Tanner has another big problem. His beloved wife and mother of the boys, Susan, the glowing heart of the family, died a few back and left Jeff with two young sons to raise. When the story begins Brian is 8 and Davey is 5. Brian has completely closed into himself and draws constantly. Davey is explosively outgoing, but in a delightfully exasperating way. Susan's mother, Granny Jobson, lives with Jeff and the boys, but a neighbor, Elise, watches the boys while Jeff is at work. Elise also cares for her mother who is exhibiting early signs of Alzheimer's. Jeff's parents are the heavies of the story, not because they are bad, but because they are simply so boringly adult, respectable, and insistent upon realistic expectations.

You can see the dramatic potential of this story and I don't want to give too much away because it is a delightful family story that is set right around Christmas. A few other details are that their local mall has a big Christmas tree display with ornaments from the local folks including a hall of fame from past years. Each year Jeff, Brian, and Davey go to see the ornaments including Susan's. They have mixed feelings in being proud that she is in the hall of fame and displayed every year and wishing they had her decoration at home. Oh, and Davey keeps getting blamed for odd occurrences in the home like pyramids of toilet paper in the bathroom.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love darren Pillsbury
I've read all the peter and the monsters books and they are great and so is this book it's really funny
Published 5 months ago by tgilpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute
I really liked this book. It was very cute and kept me interested in what was going to happen next.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Imaginary Friends
Cute book! Easy read when you have some free time.
I would say not as good as his "Peter" series, but then again it's a short story, can't fit everything in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by heather
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for 12 and up..
Was really funny and highly entertaining.. loved the fact that the book captured and held my attention without using adult content or sex. Highly recommend :-)
Published 9 months ago by Christina P.
5.0 out of 5 stars very creative
This was so much fun to read. The main characters were interesting and the writing style kept me engaged. I am looking forward to reading more of this authors stories.
Published 9 months ago by CNL
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a good book!
I am so glad I bought this book. It made me laugh out loud,
it made me cry and made me worry, then laugh some more.
I will re-read this book it is that hilarious. Read more
Published 11 months ago by starlyt
4.0 out of 5 stars a strange sweet holiday story.
Very sweet, wish I still had an imaginary friend. I'd love/hate to have such a smart snappy kid like Davey!
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not read this book after eating chili
I think CGI technology would be up to the task of creating a wonderful romantic comedy/holiday heartwarmer/children's movie out of this book, but I fear it would never live up to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read it more than once
It's not exactly a feel-good read, which implies that it's nothing but light and funny. But "Imaginary Friends" had me laughing out loud, jumping a small noises (it's a bit... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Reads A Lot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Great story that definitely kept me guessing, along with some great themes of family, integrity, and dealing with grief. Very enjoyable read.
Published 13 months ago by DaisyJo37
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