The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold and Emily Gravett (Illustrator)

22443909How did I get the book?
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn’t exist, but nobody’s perfect.

Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend – until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he’s sniffed out Rudger. Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up?

A brilliantly funny, scary and moving read from the unique imagination of A.F. Harrold, this beautiful book is astoundingly illustrated with integrated art and colour spreads by the award-winning Emily Gravett.

200words (or less) review: For a change I’m going to show you the tweets that went with reading The Imaginary. There weren’t many, I was too busy being lost in A.F. Harrold’s wonderful creation.

I came home, sat down, turned the first page and a couple of hours later the book was read. This was the immediate reaction:


The Imaginary came with all the things you could possibly want. Wonderful storytelling, fantastic characters, not just Amanda and Rudgar (who are brilliant don’t get me wrong). I adored all of them; Zinzan, Snowflake and Fridge.
Mr Bunting, who was an excellent villain, and The Imaginary Girl – who I felt a little sorry for (That might just be me… )

The whole world of The Imaginary is magnificent. You’re lost in it, just like you should be in a good book. Doesn’t matter what your age is.

And then you have Emily Gravett’s illustrations on top of that – so beautiful.

The Imaginary is going in my list of favourite books I’ve read this year.
No doubt about it. 😀

Recommend it?

Sunshine Star


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