The Adventures of Beekle the Unimaginary Friend
Written By: Dan Santat
Published: Little Brown and and Company – New York, New York, April 8th, 2014
Awards: Caldecott Medal – 2015, Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Picture Books – 2014
Themes: Within the joyful read the themes of friendship/companionship, adventure, and finding a place where one belongs.
Summary: Where do imaginary friends come from? Where are they before we, you know, imagine them? What happens if no one ever imagines them? Well, Beetkle is one of those unimaginary friends – who has taken it upon himself to go out into the world to find a sense of belonging and a friend who can make him go from unimaginary to imaginary.
Response: How did the author make the story believable? Were you able to relate to the characters in any way? (any fiction genre)
Putting Beekle into the “real world” made him come to life. Through his experiences in trying to find someone to see him, he travels around experiencing real life situations. Recently, I have seen commercials for a TV show that is depicting an imaginary friend in someones real life. I immediately connected the two forms of media, and found it extremely interesting that various types of media are depicting an imaginary friend in real life. In Beekle, I liked how even though he was “unimagined” he still was out in the world like an imaginary friend would be.