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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Whimsical, breezy faux memoir told by an imaginary friend.

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age 6+

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age 6+

I absolutely love this book!

This book is probably best for children 8 or over, but it is so enjoyable and contains such good messages about belonging and connection that it will probably resonate with younger kids as well. I have read it to both my boys at different ages, the youngest being six at the time, and they both loved it. It is a very clever and whimsical book but also delves into questions of who we really are and what to our connections with one another mean, with a tender moment at the end that has left me choked up (in a good way) each of the three times I've read the book.

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There's lots to love in this highly fanciful, sometimes adult and sophisticated book narrated by an imaginary friend who struggles with the realization that he's not real. Jacques feels invisible and unseen -- because he is! Jacques' emotional journey takes him through friendships with other imaginary friends and stints working as an imaginary friend for several kids.

There are references throughout that are beyond the experience of middle-grade readers: anonymous support group meetings, accountants, defibrillators, bucket lists, and various abstractions -- for instance, a pancake shaped like a Mozart symphony. But kids will relate to the feeling of being unseen, of being last to be picked for the kickball team, and ignored at the lunch table. The premise is exceedingly clever, and the abundant whimsy and breezy humor add to the fun of viewing life through the eyes of someone who's imaginary.

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