Parents' Guide to

The Imaginary

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.

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THE IMAGINARY could be a great bedtime read-aloud book for parents to share with their tweens, who will enjoy the odd story that has just the right amount of darkness for their age. Mr. Bunting, for example, is scary but also weird with his bald head and loud Hawaiian-print shirts. Gravett's beautiful and eclectic art -- black-and-white drawings with occasional bright spot of color -- ranges from eerie to playful, mirroring the many moods of children's dreams and fantasies.

One other thing that's really great about The Imaginary is that Amanda can be really hard to be around: She eats Rudger's cookies, blames him for breaking her piggy bank, and can be insensitive to his feelings. Even so, she's special and fun, and Rudger remains loyal to her -- and she to him, when he needs her most. This is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure that will captivate kids -- and remind parents of the importance of free time for imaginative play.

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