A children’s book that caught the imagination of an adult? How intriguing. I enjoyed reading about this book and it reminded me of my own younger days, do we still imagine as much as we grow up? As our children grow and read by themselves (this book is suitable for 8+ years), maybe we miss out on the sillier and more imaginative books? Adults might move on to fantasy but it’s easy to forget to pretend, and I sometimes miss the whimsy of illustration. This sounds like a quick fun read for an adult and a great book to read with a child or grandchild. Tattooed Mummy, Books Editor

“The Imaginary by A. F. Harrold is probably best described as a fantasy book best suited to children aged around 8+. A tale of imagination, loss and friendship, it poses the question ‘what happens to our fantasies when we don’t remember them any more?’

The central characters are Amanda and Rudger. No-one except Amanda can see Rudger, and he lives in her wardrobe, so I think it’s fair to say he is imaginary, and Amanda has an excellent imagination.

But then one day a man called Mr Bunting comes to the door and he can see Rudger. This is when the plot starts to get exciting… ”

The Imaginary has striking illustrations by Emily Gravett throughout. She makes great use of a stark mix of colour and black & white to add emphasis to her pictures. The way she interprets eyes is brilliant, they draw your attention every time.

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