Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer Illus. Oliver Jeffers.
Pushing boundaries has always been a characteristic of Eoin Colfer’s writing now he has an accomplice in superb illustrator Oliver Jeffers who pushed his own boundaries with the picture book The Day the Crayons quit.
Imagine if two lonely children, both with imaginary friends meet and become friends and their imaginary friends like each other too and also become friends. But first the two children Sam and Sammi have to find that they no longer need imaginary friends and the imaginary friends Fred and Frieda need to know that they are not going to disappear as they have before but can be imaginary friends together.
Put this all together with illustrations that show the lonely children in black ink drawings and the imaginary couple in shades of blue and yellow and you have a recipe for an outstanding picture book for early readers and for children who are lonely need hope and have an imagination.
A great book made out of genius.