Reading a book is one of Martha’s favourite activities and is an absolute staple in our bedtime routine. I love nothing more than watching her browse excitedly through her book collection, in her baby grow while she chooses the book we read before bed. Some of her favourites are by Oliver Jeffers….
Martha loves penguins and stars so “How to catch a star” and “Lost and Found” are her usual choices!
When this new release “Imaginary Fred” arrived I was very excited to see one of our favourite authors had teamed up with the highly successful Eoin Colfer.
Imaginary Fred is such a great story about friendship and the somewhat cheeky style it is told in will entertain a range of ages. The story is about an imaginary friend called Fred who floats around waiting for any child to summon an imaginary friend. Sadly, when they find a real friend he begins to fade as he is not needed anymore. He wishes hard for a friend just like him and he finds a wonderful friendship with a little boy named Sam. They have so much in common and they spend all their time together.
Everything seems perfect till Sam meets a girl called Sammi; like Sam she also loves art and music, even though Sam says he will never let Fred go he begins to fade. However, Sammi bring along her invisible friend Freida who is a perfect match for Fred! Eventually the pairs drift apart and despite the fact they shouldn’t exist Fred and Freida stay the best of friends and they never fade because….. “friendship is friendship. Imaginary or not, the same laws apply.”
The illustrations are the typical sketchy, quirky style from Jeffers. The characters are loveable and the story is very sweet. It is now another firm favourite of Martha’s and I love it too! It is also worth mentioning that the beautiful hard back edition we were sent would make a beautiful gift with Christmas coming up; as a parent I love nothing more than a book as a gift for Martha.
We were kindly sent this book by Mumsnet for review – I was not paid for this review and as always all opinions are my own.