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The Adventures of Beekle

The Unimaginary Friend

Santat, Dan

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Adventures of Beekle
An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

Publisher: New York ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0316199982
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,19 cm
Alternate Title: Beekle


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Mar 20, 2015
  • iluvbooks7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My 9 year old and I both loved this book! I intend to purchase it for our library at home.

Mar 18, 2015
  • BklynKalliopiM rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Caldecott Winner 2015

The illustrations in THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE may be the closest to gamer-realm while also being the best mixed-media illustrations I've seen in years: they closely resemble video game and 3D animated movies with bright colors and bubbley shapes. While traditionalists may shy away from this type of illustration, I think kids today are hungry for this feast for the eyes (forgive the pun!), full of artistic expression and movement. With what look to be edited or smoothed over 3D animated illustrations mixed with traditional styles, it's no surprise that this title wowed the Caldecott committee. Coupled with the endearing story of an imaginary friend in search of his unimaginably friend, this story is quite new, and no doubt a standout. Best for ages 5-9.

Feb 19, 2015

This Caldecott winner tells the story of Beekle, an imaginary friend. There’s just one problem: he hasn’t been imagined yet. Tired of waiting, he sets to find his perfect friend.

Feb 05, 2015
  • Barberton_Public_Library rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beekle is an imaginary friend who grows weary of waiting for a child to imagine him in to existence and sets off in to the "real world" to find his friend. The beautiful artwork adds to the charm of this book and affirms the importance of imagination. Through Beekle children will learn, and adults will be reminded, that to get a friend, you must first set out to be one.

Jan 04, 2015
  • cjmsbj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing and carefully planned book. The text is short but highlights just the right emotions surrounding the character's journey. The illustrations are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen.

Nov 03, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beekle is an imaginary friend. But he hasn't been imagined yet. So he takes matters into his own hands. He travels in search of his friend who he has yet to meet. He has an idea of what he would look like. He searches everywhere, but can not find him. Finally, she finds him and they are a perfect fit.

I love this book! The illustrations are beautiful, rich, colorful and imaginative. I love how ordinary this book makes the imaginary friend. That even when adults don't have them, many children do. Beekle is an adorable character who does the unimaginable. This book encourages children to use their imaginations and to not be afraid of them. I also love how Beekle helps his new friend to become more social with other kids.

An all around winner!

Oct 09, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The imaginary friends Santat conjures also help to make this book incredibly special. There is a polygon panda, an octopus covered in tribal markings, and Chinese sea dragons. The sheer number and variations of creatures will have readers exploring every wondrous detail.

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Aug 17, 2014

I read this book to a group of 4-5 year old pre-schoolers and they we mesmerized by the illustrations. I have never seen children so entranced by a children's book before! The storyline is fairly straight forward and older children would probably be able to figure it out from the pictures alone. However I found that I needed to add some explanations to the pictures that were missing text for my age group. Because the illustrations are so rich it is worth taking your time to show or look at the pictures carefully as they add a lot to the world the book is trying to imagine.


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