Book Review: The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend

March 6, 2015

The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
From Miss Terry at Main Library

On an island far away, the imaginary friends of children are born. There they wait for a child to imagine them into being. One imaginary friend waits until he can wait no more, and then sets out to find a friend on his own. He travels until he reaches the real world, where he sees many strange and sometimes frightening things. Just as it seems he will never find his very own friend, the perfect one finds him, making the real world seem a little less strange for both of them.

The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend, won the 2014 Caldecott Medal, the award that recognizes outstanding artwork in a children’s picture book. This book is a pairing of beautiful artwork with a story that will catch the heart and imagination of anyone who has ever been a child. It is an ideal conversation starter about imaginary friends as well as real ones.


Dan Santat was the featured artist for last summer’s Collaborative Summer Reading Program. This is the third picture book he has written and illustrated for children (although he has illustrated several more for other authors).

Read an article on Dan winning the Caldecott Award here.

Watch a youtube video of Beekle here.

And, the Beekle booktrailer!


 Check out all of Dan Santat's books in our catalog!


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