Thursday, 5 November 2015

Imaginary Fred Book Review

We were recently sent the book 'Imaginary Fred' written by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers to review. Both are children's writers and illustrators but this is their first collaboration together which was released at the end of September. I think it is recommended for children aged 4+.

Imaginary Fred is the story of an imaginary friend. It is written from his point of view and tells a story of how he longs for a real, long term friend as he always gets dumped and forgotten about. He then gets called upon by a boy called Sam. They instantly hit it off as they have so many things in common. Fred thinks this friendship is going to be long lasting, however Sam finds a new 'real' friend called Sammie. Imaginary Fred becomes very worried that he is starting to disappear but is delighted to see that Sammie also has an imaginary friend who's name is Frieda. They become quite a quartet and imaginary Fred and imaginary Frieda become friends for life.

The book we received was a hardback version. I always seem to prefer these to read over a paperback. I was worried that Eva would not be very intrigued by the colour scheme and illustrations in the book as she's normally used to such bright, vibrant colours. Most of the book is black and white but the two imaginary characters are coloured. I found the illustrations to be adorable and quirky. They are very simple but extremely effective.

I started reading the book and I will fully admit for the first few pages both of us weren't that keen, however I am pleased I persisted. I was worried that the story was too old for her and she wouldn't understand it at all. 
I think Eva became heavily involved in the story once Fred had met Sam and their friendship tale started. She loved hearing about the activities they enjoyed and was very inquisitive when a new yellow coloured character appeared in the book. She was asking appropriate questions and engaging well with the story and illustrations. She couldn't wait to hear more about what the gang were up to. I think even though at times the story is perhaps too old for her to fully understand she is able to understand the true tale of the book and that is of friendship and how you can find it anywhere and that there are no rules to it. 

She now asks to read this everyday and she often explains to other people about what she has read in the story. As a parent, I find this really encouraging as I know she is enjoying a book if she is starting to remember the story and wants to engage in a conversation about it.

Overall, this is a charming, quirky book for both adults and children to enjoy. There are sparks of adult humour hidden in the story. I find the story completely unique and I love the fact that it is written from imaginary Fred's point of view. It is a long story for a children's book but don't let that put you off. You can buy it here from amazon, Imaginary Fred.

Have you heard of this book before? 


  1. Fabulous book with lovely illustrations. A must for the young ones in your life

  2. Sounds like a fantastic book! My sisters little girl would love this X

  3. I haven't heard of the book but I love the illustrations. It sounds great for little ones.

  4. This has nearly made me cry... what a beautiful concept! I love Oliver Jeffers, we love Lost and Found... really need to get a copy of this now too! x

  5. I love Oliver Jeffers, too. Will look out for this one :)

  6. I love Oliver Jeffers - this looks a great book for when Pickle is a bit older.Kaz x

  7. Ooh I hadn't heard of this book before but sounds really original and I love quirky stories - thanks for sharing

    Laura x