A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows ocean creatures and big city life (which looks rather dreary!).
Life's more fun when you have a friend to share it with. Don't give up; keep trying to find what you need. If an imaginary friend helps you get through the day, that's OK. There's someone out there for each of us, even if we haven't found him or her yet.
Positive Role Models
Beekle is hopeful, kind, and adventurous. Alice is shy but nice and friendly.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dan Santat's The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, is a sweet, inventive picture book about a creature waiting to be imagined by a person so the two can be "perfect" friends. It won the 2015 Caldecott Medal for excellence and distinction in illustration and shows how a shy, artistic girl opens up once she finds the imaginary friend she's drawn.
Is It Any Good?
THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE is a charming, imaginative story that taps into the common childhood experience of having an imaginary friend. Here the twist is that the imaginary creature needs you as much as you need him. Author-illustrator Dan Santat's illustrations are wonderful, with glowing-white Beekle (who looks a tad like the Pillsbury Doughboy with a tiny paper crown) in stark contrast to the monochromatic urban landscape around him, where the grown-up city dwellers look like they're not having any fun.
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