An unimaginably clever read…

BeekleA little while ago, I lamented the fact that Drew Daywalt had created such a clever story with his The Day the Crayons Quit, and I was most disappointed that I had not come up with the idea myself. This post follows the same vein.

Dan Santat’s The Adventures of Beekle – The Unimaginary Friend is a wonderfully novel concept; on an island far away, imaginary friends wait to be imagined so they can start their adventures. Beekle, however, is always left behind. What’s an unimagined imaginary friend to do?

Santat’s story is so clever. For starters, there is lateral thought put into both the illustrations and the story. A child reading this can enjoy the surface story but, for the more developed little one, there is rewarding subtext to consider and discuss.

The pictures are quirky and, at times, melancholic, but not in an off-putting way — more-so in an emotionally appropriate way. Finally, the concept is novel and makes me grumble, ‘UGH! Why didn’t I think of this?’.

This story is probably most appropriate for children ages 4-7, but I’d still recommend it to kids on either end of that because…well… it’s wonderful.

Go buy this story. It’s worth it. Meanwhile, I’ll sit here shaking my fist at yet another literary genius.

The Adventures of Beekle the Unimaginary Friend is available at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18295821-the-adventures-of-beekle.

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A big shouting day? Why, I’m guessing you’ve encountered a few.

Big shouty dayThis book is silly and fun and terribly, terribly accurate. Written and illustrated by Rebecca Patterson, the story is about a little girl who just having one of those days. Nothings seems or feels right and it is just plain frustrating! We’ve all had those days, but the beauty of childhood is that you can actually shout at anything and everything to really express yourself. Truth be told, I’m a little jealous of the little girl. A passive-aggressive smile just doesn’t cut it for me, but alas that is one of the pitfalls of adulthood; it’ll have to do.

Of course for this little girl, her shouting day is inevitably impacting on a terribly, terribly patient mummy who is, by the end, super frustrated herself. One of the things I love about this book, and I try and incorporate into my own writing (wink-wink/self-promotion/nudge-nudge) is that the satisfying end to this book is that she still retains her spunk; girls need a bit of that!

The story is well written, engaging and so accurate! Have a look at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13632292-my-big-shouting-day