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The Imaginary
by A. F. Harrold and Emily Gravett


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Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup's imaginary friend. Nobody else can see Rudger--until the evil Mr. Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr. Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumor has it that he even eats them. And now he's found Rudger.

Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life.  Read more...


 
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More About The Imaginary by A. F. Harrold; Emily Gravett
 
 
 
Overview

Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup's imaginary friend. Nobody else can see Rudger--until the evil Mr. Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr. Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumor has it that he even eats them. And now he's found Rudger.

Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. He needs to find Amanda before Mr. Bunting catches him--and before Amanda forgets him and he fades away to nothing. But how can an unreal boy stand alone in the real world?

In the vein of Coraline, this gripping take on imaginary friends comes to life in a lush package: beautiful illustrations (10 in full color) by acclaimed artist Emily Gravett, a foiled and debossed case cover, printed endpapers, and deckled page edges.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802738110
  • ISBN-10: 0802738117
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 240
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Imagination & Play
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Echoes of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Toy Story can be detected in Harrold’s (the Fizzlebert Stump books) eerie standalone fantasy. Creative children like Amanda Shuffleup can fashion imaginary friends like Rudger, a boy who unexpectedly manifests in Amanda’s wardrobe one day. Most of the time adults don’t see a thing, but then there are sinister strangers like Mr. Bunting, whose moustache hides a terrifying maw designed to gobble up imaginaries—even though Mr. Bunting seems to have an imaginary companion of his own. As if this weren’t bad enough, Rudger is threatened by Fading—slow, silent erasure caused by a child’s forgetting—when Amanda is injured in an accident. The intervention of Zinzan, a wise old alley cat, provides a temporary refuge, but Rudger can only overcome his plight by asserting his own memory and vision. Part horror story, part gentle parable, Harrold’s story moves along at a steady clip, thanks to some very tense sequences and Gravett’s typically polished illustrations, which feature spikes of lurid color and haunting imagery. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)

 
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