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BeekleDid you ever have an imaginary friend? As the eldest I had two, Bubba and Kicka and from the stories I’ve been told, we had great adventures. Family legend hath that sitting on a bus I regaled the other passengers with my tales and when asked who these amazing friends were I replied, “My Imaginary Friends of course”.

Although when my siblings arrived, my imaginary friends left, when I saw The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat, I was immediately interested. An unimaginary friend?

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 your place in the world.

It’s a book about bravery, friendship, the power of storytelling… and to top it all off, it’s pretty as all get out. Santat’s bold visual style provides the perfect balance to this very tender tale. – BookRiot

This adventure into the land of friendship will tug at your heartstrings. – Kids’ Book Review

Dan Santat is one of the hardest working people in the industry today. And while his immense talent was always evident, Beekle takes his artistry to a new level. – The Huffington Post

Sweet, mind-bending gumdrop of a tale – New York Times Book Review

A versatile and talented illustrator, ranges wide, drawing underwater ocean scenes, grim cityscapes, and appealing alien creatures. – Publishers Weekly

The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend By Dan Santat is published by Hachette Australia and is available now from Dymocks.

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  1. I did think that I had a twin on the otherside of the world. Everytime I walked down the street to the shops, I used to look up into the sky and say hello and have a conversation even if other people were around. Don’t know what they would of thought! Well I was 40 umm I mean 7 years old.

  2. I didn’t but my eldest son did; he took him everywhere we went and would talk to him . i admit to being slightly embarrassed!

  3. My son (now almost 34) had an imaginary friend called Albin, not sure if it was meant to be Alvin or not, had him for a couple of years.

  4. No I didn’t but the cats In our house were attributed powers, activity and understanding well beyond their capability as they supposedly joined my daily adventures. None of my boys had an imaginary friend or if they did it was a well kept secret imaginary friend.

  5. It is an interesting topic. Some kids had imaginary friends and some didn’t. I wonder if they actually did have a ‘friend’ in that of a spirit. As I believe in ‘spirits’ I can’t dismiss it as a thought.

  6. My eldest would chat away to his “friend” on his toy telephone, his friend’s name was Northampton Splash

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