Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Imaginary Fred Hardcover – September 29, 2015
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
From School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—As an imaginary friend, Fred comes to Earth when lonely children wish for him, becoming whatever they need him to be, whether a companion to throw a ball with or someone willing to become the ball. When his friends outgrow him, finding real friends, Fred starts to disappear and his blue pixelated form vanishes until there is barely a scrap of him left, "just enough for the wind to catch and whisk him into the sky." Jeffers's clean, expressive black lines serve to contrast the corporeal world of Fred's friends and the world around them with Fred himself, who has substance but no outline. One day a boy named Sam wishes for Fred, and at last Fred finds someone who shares his interests and might just be a real friend. Eventually, though, Sam finds a real friend and, once again, Fred feels himself start to disappear—until, that is, he meets Sam's imaginary friend, Frieda. Together, Fred and Frieda form an imaginary friendship so real they never fade away. Tongue-in-cheek details in Jeffers's illustrations, such as a pig getting hit by lightning in order to summon Fred to Sam's side, juxtapose ironically with Colfer's simple text in a manner that will doubtless please child readers, especially those fond of the artist's other work. VERDICT An effervescent bit of fun.—Anna Stover, Poughkeepsie Day School, NY
“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)
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
What I Thought- This was a good-hearted story about friendship, and loneliness. Fred knows how the system works – befriend a kid, play with the kid, and then the kid makes a friend which causes Fred then starts to fade away, and is taken away with the wind. You can understand how he feels, then, when his perfect friend “starts the cycle”. At 48 pages, the book is a bit longer than your usual picture book, but it works well with the story. Eoin Colfer, the author of the awesome Artemis Fowl series, has written an amazing first picture book. Keeping true to his writing style, he does it in a non-conventional format. Oliver Jeffers’ illustrations are a perfect fit for this story, and I love his way of showing “imaginariness” in Fred and the other imaginary friends. I really enjoyed this book.
*NOTE* I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
Oliver Jeffers's illustration style is reminiscent of New Yorker cartoons, and you may recognize his work (and his handwriting) from The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home. Line drawings in pen and ink, stylized characters which look as if they might have been drawn by a gradeschooler. In reading other reviewers comments, I came across mention of disliking the "tube noses" and I thought "Noses? Why should the noses matter?"....but you know, she's right. They are kind of ugly, dangling, sausage-like, from the hairlines, and they do draw attention. Small point though---loved everything else about the book.
This book reminded me a lot of a book for adults called Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend (very much worth reading, by the way) Imaginary Fred is sweet but not overly sentimental or "ooshy-gooshy" as my kids would say. And it's Eoin Colfer, the writer who captivated the middle-school set with his Artemis Fowl and W.A.R.P.books, so I am not at all surprised that he chooses just the right words to capture the attention of the young readers.
One day he becomes friends with Sam who likes to do the things Fred likes to do: act in plays, read, look at the clouds, imagine, figure out how the toilet works and pretend they are French. They have loads of fun until the usual happens. Sam meets a real friend who is a girl. Will Fred fade away?
Or will something unexpected happen in which Sam doesn't forget about Fred? And Fred gets to meet Sam's friend? Since I told you the book is upbeat, you can guess at the original plot development.
This book has more words than the usual child's picture book. Probably best for mature 4 year-olds through 7 years. I never had an imaginary friend, and this book makes you want one. Maybe I'll get one now.