The Imaginary

by A.F. Harrold
with illustrations by Emily Gravett
ISBN: 9780802738110

I thought the premise of this book sounded interesting: trouble with imaginary friends.

The imaginaries are quite real to the children, not real to the adults (mostly) and — here’s the twist — quite real to themselves.

This is a chapter book with illustrations (some in color). At one point, I found myself wondering if the book wasn’t living up to its interesting premise or if I was being too hard on a book aimed at younger readers. Not that younger readers equals not well-written, rather a question of am I asking for more depth than is fair to expect?

There is some danger, and some sweeter notes that I think may be aimed more at parent who might be reading this book aloud. Overall it was not without charm, but not captivating.

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