In this wonderful story an imaginary friend longs to be picked by a child. When it seems to take forever he loses patience and takes matters into his own hands. His journey to find a child of his own takes him into our world. It was delightful to see through Beekle's eyes with a rich new perspective. With such detailed and beautiful illustrations and a story about finding a place to belong, my six year old son and I never tire of reading this bedtime favorite.
Dan Santat's Caldecott Medal-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend is a humorous and thoughtful celebration of friends.
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.
The #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat--creator of After the Fall and Are We There Yet?--combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art in an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one's place in the world.
About the Author
Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Are We There Yet?, and After the Fall as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.
Caldecott Medal Winner
New York Times Bestseller
#1 Indiebound Bestseller
Huffington Post Best Overall Picture Book of 2014
PBS Parents Best Picture Book of the Year
NPR "Great Read"
ALSC Notable Book for Children
A Chicago Public Library Best Picture Book of the Year
"[A] sweet, mind-bending gumdrop of a tale."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Bursting at the seams with charm."
—The Huffington Post
* "There's something here that feels just right as an "unimaginary" friendship creates a joyous, recognizable bond. A terrific addition to any library."—School Library Journal (starred review)
"Beekle [is] a crowned white gumdrop of lovable cuteness...Welcome, Beekle. It's nice to know you."—Kirkus Reviews
"This story would comfort children looking for new friends and would also encourage children to reach out to someone different."—LMC