The Adventures of Beekle – Dan Santat

The-Adventures-of-Beekle-Dan-Santat“He was born on an island far away where imaginary friends were created. Here, they lived and played, each eagerly waiting to be imagined by a real child.”

Imaginary friends have no names until they are imagined. Until that point they live on an island and wait. Some of them though, grow tired of waiting and opt to go looking for their friends in the real world. This is a story of one imaginary friend who enters the real world, which is big and scary, and not a place for lone imaginary friends. But he was so sick of being overlooked time and time again that he had to do something about it, and apparently his friend just needed him to come looking…

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This is one of the cutest stories I’ve read in a long time. The idea that imaginary friends exist in their own world even before we imagine them is amazing and I think anyone who had an imaginary friend when they were young will really love this story too.

Beekle isn’t Beekle until towards the end of the story but he’s the same ‘friend’ all the way through, he reminded me a bit of an Adipose from Dr who and anyone who has seen that will know how cute they are! I loved the idea that he got lonely and bored of waiting for his friend so decided to tale matters into his own hands, but then when he found her neither she or Beekle really even knew what to do! I also absolutely adored the idea that the best place to look for a friend is the play park too, and hopefully that idea will transfer onto a lot of the younger readers of the book!

I think this book also provides a bit of a social commentary of our world and the way adults live their lives. The pages where Beekle was searching for his friend and was only encountering adults were dull and grey, which was a stark contrast to those in the imaginary world and the play park! I want my life to be filled with excitement and intrigue like the major of this book was, not snoozes on the commute like those few boring pages were!

The illustrations really, really brought this book to life and I loved the imaginary friends and how they were so magical. I would love to get prints from the book because they’d make gorges artwork for a nursery or playroom!

The Adventures of Beekle was published by Andersen Press in February 2016. My copy was loaned from my local library.

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