The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Author & Illustrator Dan Santat
April 1st, 2014, Little Brown Books for Young Readers
This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.
If I spot illustrator Dan Santat’s work on a book, I must check it out. I don’t care what the story is about. I have to look at the pictures and of the course, read the story at some point. Dan Santat’s drawings are fun, detailed and have a distinct quality that makes me happy when I look at them. So, when I saw The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend at my public library, I had to check it out. Double whammy: not only did Dan Santat illustrate the story, but he wrote it, too!
The story begins with an introduction to an unnamed imaginary friend who is waiting to be imagined and named by a real friend. After waiting many nights, the imaginary friend courageously sets out on a journey to meet a real friend. It was scary, but the imaginary friend pushed through his fears. Great story about being brave and doing things that may be have not been done before.