Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold –NOT RECOMMENDED

Harrold, A.F. The Imaginary 240 pgs. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2014. $12.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: PG.
Amanda has an imaginary friend named Rudger, together they have wonderful adventures. But when a scary man name Mr Bunting comes after Rudger to eat him, trouble starts and Amanda is hurt, possibly killed. That’s when Rudger starts to disappear, but with a little help and new real child to keep him alive in her imagination, Rudger continues to worry about Amanda, and the continuing danger from Mr. Bunting.
I absolutely did not care for this book. It was dark in a completely depressing and dismal way. The artwork is nightmare inducing and I would never give this book to an elementary student, though I think middle school students would find that imaginary friend plot a bit juvenile. My life was better before I read this book.
EL -NO  Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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