The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold

Posted February 27, 2015 by Sara | Novel Novice 2 Comments

The powers of imagination, friendship, and love are the driving force behind The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold, a whimsical and delightful new middle grade book, lovingly enhanced with original illustrations by Emily Gravett.

imaginary, theRudger 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.

The Imaginary is a powerful story about the will of children and their endless imaginations. From start to finish, this is just a beautiful book: a beautiful story, beautiful writing, and beautiful illustrations. The combination is a timeless classic that will endure for years to come, and find a place in the hearts of readers both young and old. It’s a reminder that the imagination is a truly powerful tool — a gift to be cherished and honored and utilized for as long as you can hold on to it.

Harrold has crafted a truly charming story, packed with whimsy and heart. And though the story itself already leaps from the pages, The Imaginary comes to life in even more ways with the beautiful illustrations from Gravett. Her drawings capture the charm of Harrold’s story, and makes the world come alive. The combination of story and illustration makes for a truly stunning package, and a book that will not soon be forgotten.

The Imaginary hits store shelves on March 3rd, and should not be missed.

Sara | Novel Novice

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