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Title: Confessions of an Imaginary Friend
Jack Papier is the brother of Fleur and he is starting to get a sneaking suspicion that people are not that fond of him. Teachers ignore him and he is never picked for teams at school. But Fleur loves him, and that seems enough until he starts to realize that maybe he isn’t actually Fleur’s brother but her … gasp … imaginary friend. Now Jack is trying to discover who he is and if he can become real even if he isn’t technically “real”.
- I generally am not that fond of imaginary friend books, but this book blew me away. The humor was priceless. Jack actually attends an Imaginaries Anonymous meeting where they recite “I’m only as invisible as I feel, imaginary or not.” at the beginning of every meeting. Of course when he is reincarnated as the wienner dog who is his nemesis at the beginning of the story, I was full out chuckling.
- Jack himself is a wonderful character as he goes through denial at the realization he is imaginary, to wanting to understand what that means, to helping and nurturing those who trust him.
- The children who are helped by Jack are a varied and wonderful bunch. They are quirky and have their faults, but Jack manages to find the best in them.
This is the hardest question for me. This book is for kids with a wonderful sense of humor who enjoy touching stories.
This is wonderful book to read aloud with kids. Teachers would do well to tie this one in with a writing unit of perspective.
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