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A quirky, funny, and utterly irresistible story from Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers, two of the finest children's book creators on the planet.Did you know that sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one? An imaginary friend like Fred.Fred floated like a feather in the wind until Sam, a lonely little boy,A quirky, funny, and utterly irresistible story from Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers, two of the finest children's book creators on the planet.Did you know that sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one? An imaginary friend like Fred.Fred floated like a feather in the wind until Sam, a lonely little boy, wished for him and, together, they found a friendship like no other.The perfect chemistry between Eoin Colfer's text and Oliver Jeffers's artwork makes for a dazzlingly original picture book....

Title : Imaginary Fred
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ISBN : 9780062379559
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Imaginary Fred Reviews

  • بثينة العيسى
    2019-02-02 23:58

    Ahhh! Such a lovely book!

  • Laura
    2019-01-31 18:33

    4.5 Stars”Being alone is no fun. The first five minutes are okay, but it’s downhill from there. And if you’re alone, you’re alone.It’s not as if you can wish a friend to life.”Or can you?Imaginary Fred focuses on one of my favorite topics. Imaginary friends! I adore the magic and wonder of having an imaginary friend. From Jimmy Stewart’s Harvey to the Drop Dead Fred movie, I’ve always been captivated by the idea. Just because we can’t see them--doesn’t mean they’re not there. :)Let’s meet Fred. You can see him on the pages in dazzling blue. The scenes are black and white for the most part except for Fred. He glows and fades depending on the strength of the child’s belief or need for him. I knew I was reading something special when my heart made a sad thump and ache when Fred started to fade. Friends go in and out of our lives, but to really see and witness the slow fading in Fred broke my heart. Do we really grow out of friends? The one point I didn’t enjoy here was how some of Fred’s friends appeared rather mean—laughing at him or making him do chores. Why would you make your imaginary friend vacuum? Yuck! You could do anything and everything together. I guess I just thought every kid would feel the imaginary friend magic and do something wonderful with that gift.Oliver Jeffers is one of my favorite story tellers and readers will see his whimsical touch in the pictures. His characters always feel so unique and Jeffers like. You can see one of his books from across the room! But this is my first Eoin Colfer read. His words spin a tale and mood both magical and realistic on the page. A story that feels possible. A story that focuses on friendship and all its power and glory.Friends come in all shapes and sizes and visibility. And they all--we all--should be remembered.I’ll remember you, Fred!

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-02-04 23:47

    Short but funny and well-written. I honestly don't see what's so great about it though, one of my friends sent me a copy of it, raving about "how cool it is", but I think it's just another picture book, nothing special about it but still has a good story.

  • C.P. Cabaniss
    2019-02-19 18:57

    This was an adorable picture book about friendship, imaginary and real. I think I would have loved this as a small child and it's definitely one that will be added to the collection for my future children. Eoin Colfer always writes the best stories and the illustrations by Oliver Jeffers were perfect. A really fun picture book.

  • Kendra
    2019-02-09 15:41

    STOP BEING PERFECT, OLIVER JEFFERS.(Eoin Colfer, you may continue being perfect.)

  • Becky
    2019-01-22 19:43

    Imaginary Fred is a friend to many... but only for a short while. When Fred's companions make real friends, he fades away and returns to the sky to await his next pal. But things change when Fred meets a boy named Sam.Y'all know I adore Oliver Jeffers as both an author and illustrator... but I missed his colors in this one! Not that he always uses a ton, and I do understand that the colors were reserved for the imaginary. But still.That aside, the story and illustrations are adorable (as usual). I'm a big fan of Artemis Fowl, and when I heard Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers were collaborating on a picture book, I knew it was gonna be good. And it was!

  • Kimiya Roudgar
    2019-02-05 19:50

    This is the first book I'm reviewing before reading,even before it's published!But I trust Eoin Colfer with a book like I trust no other author.He's the best and the Artemis inside of him is a good enough reason for me to read anything he writes.Waiting

  • Angie
    2019-01-21 23:51

    Lovely to think that imaginary friends would last forever with friends of their own...Fred is a great friend and he finally met the right people. Love the illustrations!

  • Marisol Vazquez
    2019-01-30 17:54

    really cute book about friendship.

  • Mehsi
    2019-01-31 23:50

    5+ stars. This was an amazing imaginary friend tale, one I would highly recommend!I am just going for a basic review, while I could put stuff under spoiler tags (which I always do if I really want to discuss stuff that is spoilerish), I won't do that here, and just speak of the book in general and not go deeper into it. This because there is so much to spoil in this book, and I don't want that, I want the readers to feel the same emotions and be surprised when moments of surprise pop up. I started the book with interest and intrigue, but that changed to happiness and amazement at this amazing book.Sam, our friendless guy, is a great character. I felt sorry for him, that he was friendless, and so I was really happy when he found Fred. They fit together like 2 peas in a pod, though I can just imagine how confused the parents were when they saw their son and then something (since I am sure they saw the horse) floating next to it. :)I was worried that Sam would do the same as all the other kids, and I won't tell you if my worries came true or not, but let me just tell you that I am delighted with what happened.Fred, he was just awesome. The best imaginary friend anyone can wish for (though the wishing process seems painful, that poor postman), but I also felt sad for him, that he had so many friends who just left him when they found a real friend. I was delighted when he met Sam, a friend who just matched him so well in so many things. Reading: check! Interest in various things in life: Check! Drama: Check! There are also two other things I would love to discuss, but can't due to spoilers. So I will keep it general. I just loved that twist when that thing happened, I was so worried it would end up a certain way.The ending to the book? Fantastic! Beautiful! Sweet!The illustrations just fit perfectly with the book. Most of the book is in one colour (blue), but there are also random bursts of other colours, and I have to say it was very effective. At the right moments you would have a sudden burst of colour, I just loved that they did it this way.All in all, this is one picture book I would really highly recommend. Kids, but also adults, will love this book.I hope that this duo (Eoin Colfer/Oliver Jeffers) will be making more book for children together, both already made great books for children on their own, but this collaboration? They should do it again!Review first posted at

  • Elaine Mullane
    2019-01-30 22:33

    2.5A welcome collaboration between Irish Children’s Laureate, Eoin Colfer, and picture book genius, Oliver Jeffers, Imaginary Fred is the story of how, with a little electricity or even some magic, an imaginary friend might appear. And just when you need one!This is a story from the point of view of Fred, an experienced but now lonely imaginary friend. All is happy again when he meets new friend Sam, but Fred soon starts to worry that Sam will get a "real" friend. Will Fred be replaced? A fun narrative and an enjoyable, offbeat tale of friendship and abandonment issues that children will enjoy.

  • Liz B
    2019-02-07 15:46

    This is a neat little work of imagination about the lives of imaginary friends. I really like Oliver Jeffers' illustrations (no matter what he's illustrating), and I like the storytelling voice Eoin Colfer uses for this picture book.It doesn't do anything super interesting (in terms of using it as a model text for older kids) but I will hang onto it instead of returning it to the library so I can read it to my son & see what he thinks.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-14 22:53

    A longer picture book and a charming story. I love Oliver Jeffers' line work; in the double-page spreads, I felt like I was in a Madeline book, and other times, I thought of Quentin Blake. This is a slightly different take on the imaginary friend (interesting to have read right after Leo: A Ghost Story), and having Fred appear as dotted pixels that fade in and out works perfectly.

  • Lauren
    2019-01-30 18:43

    Friendship creates bonds like no other and in this book, Fred is a wonderful friend for as long as his real friends will have him. But as we grow and change, some people stay while others drift away. And Fred gets very use to this process. That is, until he meets Sam, who swears they will be friends always. I knew I'd adore this book from the start, as Oliver Jeffers is one of my favorite illustrators. I think this duo did an amazing job telling such a necessary tale.

  • Mississippi Library Commission
    2019-02-19 21:54

    Imaginary Fred is a sweet picture book about friendship, real and imaginary. We really enjoyed the imaginary world Colfer and Jeffers built. This slightly longer than average picture book is perfect for older picture book readers with vivid imaginations.

  • Jeremy
    2019-01-24 22:55

    I don't seems like Eoin Colfer borrowed a lot from A.F. Harrold's The Imaginary. To me, it's not enough to be a big name kids author and borrow your ideas, you have to at least make it your own.

  • AngieMoore
    2019-02-14 23:34

    Great story

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-22 15:42

    I just loved this concept of a parallel universe of imaginary friends and the twist of the imaginary friends befriending each other!

  • Jürgen Peeters
    2019-02-01 23:52

    Mijn recensie van 'Een vriendje voor altijd' verscheen op Cutting Edge

  • Jody
    2019-01-24 23:57

    Eh ... this was just ok. It didn't do a great deal for me. I wasn't overly fussed on the illustrations, and I couldn't connect with the story at all.

  • pati
    2019-02-03 18:36

    It started off kind of simple, but then it took an incredibly imaginative twist! I love it!

  • Kayla
    2019-01-27 19:59

    I never had an imaginary friend when I was younger. Maybe because I had books instead.That sounds incredibly corny, but it was true. Whenever I was lonely, I could always find someone to be friends with me, and maybe fictional characters are their own kind of imaginary friends. I've been obsessed with them long enough to not really know the difference. Imaginary Fred is an amazingly cute, quirky story about what it is to be a friend, what it is to be recognized, and what great things the imagination can do for you. Sam has always wanted a friend, and Fred has had many people befriend him during his imaginary friend gig . . . but they all, inevitably find real friends for themselves. And forget all about him.Sam and Fred have an amazing relationship and friendship and I love all of the messages told in this story. I don't want to spoil any of them (and, really, this book is short enough, so you need to go and read it yourself if you're so curious, and just because it's that good). Messages about friendship, about identity, creativity, love, caring, altruism . . . And, yes, I know children's books always have some kind of hidden agenda, right? They're always trying to teach something. Or at least a lot of tiny little things. Imaginary Fred does it right because while the messages aren't hidden, they aren't spelled out for the kids, either. It lets younger readers do all of the critical thinking on their own.But, really, the illustrations and story are cute enough for readers of any age.

  • Jordan Wheeler
    2019-01-27 23:30

    I just heard this read aloud and it was enchanting. To be honest it made me want to cry a little bit. I think it's wonderful how this talks about the problem of loneliness openly on the first page of the book. It invites children (and adults) to admit that this a problem everyone faces at some time and not only to admit it, but to say that it's okay. It's not something we should be ashamed or scared of. Yes, it is horrible, but it's okay. I think this would be a fantastic conversation to have with children of any age because speaking openly about it makes us aware and empathetic with each other so then we can help fix the problem. The book shows that the antidote to this is friendship, so we could talk in the class about how we become a good friend to each other.I also love the theme of imaginary friends. I'd love to come with stories and descriptions of imaginary friends with my class. If we did this the possibilities would be endless!The illustrations in this are lovely. The 'real' children are simple line drawings, whereas the imaginary friends are made of coloured circles, which makes them look blurry and not well-defined. The language is full of a variety of nice grammar which could be very helpful!Overall, I found the book very soothing but also very insightful. I'm definitely considering using it with my class next year.See read aloud version here -

  • Susan
    2019-02-06 18:36

    I looked at our local library for books that might appeal to a 7 year old, my great grandson. He lives thousands of miles from me and his daddy is not home because he's doing his military duty. I haven't read a children's book in many years, so I was overwhelmed a bit. I chose 3 books: this one, one by Dr. Seuss about going to sleep, and one about Monarch butterflies. His mom and I set up our first FaceTime date. I told him I had 3 books and read the titles. He chose this book. It was great for this 7 year-old, although I had to improvise a couple of times, because I thought the part about forming a quartet would not really be relatable to him. I would read and then hold the pictures up to the screen of my laptop. The pictures in this book are not that great; pencil outlines and minimal color, but we made it work. He told me he figured the "real" kid and his invisible friend were about 7. Then I told him I was glad he picked this book because when I was 7 I had an invisible friend too. We had a great talk and, of course, he wanted the butterfly book next. So we set up another FaceTime bedtime story for tonight. Isn't technology great! Not as great as great grandson's of course, but still great.

  • Ronda
    2019-02-04 18:52

    Whimsical, fun, but possibly a bit confusing for some younger or more sensitive readers. I suspect it will go over better with some of our older, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, particularly.those with a fondness for more slapstick style humor, but have been surprised before as to a book's popularity. The illustrations added much to the story in the form of sight gags, though I do wish the noses had been drawn differently. The lines going up the forehead to represent noses for the boys reminded me entirely toomuch of the, ahem, body part drawings some of.our boys have been snickering over.

  • Beth Pollard
    2019-02-11 18:33

    I really like how it is the imaginary friends who stand out in their bright colours, rather than the real people, as you would expect them to be depicted more simply and faintly- the emphasis is on them and their importance. Also, I assumed that the book would be told from Sam's point of view, so I found it interesting that the book is told from the imaginary friend's perspective, which adds to its unique quality.

  • The English Bookshop at Cook & Book
    2019-01-24 19:53

    One of the best authors for children's books meets one of the best illustrators. That match made in heaven brings us this delightful story on friendship, imagination and confirms that parents really don't know anything. Some of the loneliness that comes with childhood is portrayed here with humour and spirit. MUST READ! For kids and parents.

  • Suzie Bookgirl
    2019-02-16 20:29

    This is a lovely story about an imaginary friend who is used to being left behind as each of his 'real' friends no longer needs him. But one day something strange happens and his 'real' friend doesn't leave him behind.

  • Jadwiga
    2019-02-14 22:45

    The story was nice, but the big pull for me will always be the illustrations by Oliver Jeffers. I must say I was a little disappointed with this one.

  • Aviecayl Uy
    2019-02-10 22:58

    Overall, I liked "Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer. It is a feel-good storybook, which mainly highlights friendship.