The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

Category: Book
By (author): Santat, Dan
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: April 2014
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 40
Size: 11.37in x 8.87in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*Winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal
This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one's place in the world.

Review Quote*Caldecott Medal WinnerNew York Times Bestseller#1 Indiebound BestsellerHuffington Post Best Overall Picture Book of 2014PBS Parents Best Picture Book of the YearNPR "Great Read"ALSC Notable Book for ChildrenA Chicago Public Library Best Picture Book of the Year
Review Quote*"How does an imaginary friend feel before he's been imagined? In Santat's sweet, mind-bending gumdrop of a tale, Beekle lives on a rainbow-hued island, 'hoping for his turn to be picked by a child.' Eventually, like Max in 'Where the Wild Things Are,' he takes to the seas and soon lands in the real world - which looks a lot like Manhattan. Though this island seems awfully drab, Beekle and his friend find each other at last. She's everything he's ever dreamed of, and the feeling is mutual."-The New York Times Book Review
Review Quote*Dan Santat is one of the hardest working people in the industry today. And while his immense talent was always evident, Beekle takes his artistry to a new level. The story (which is just bursting at the seams with charm) begins on an island of colorful creatures, each waiting to be imagined by a special child and thus transported to the real world.... As with all great books, Beekle has an air of inevitability about it. As if somewhere out there is an island of perfect stories just waiting for the right person to come along and imagine it into being. We should all be grateful that Santat, with his brilliant use of color and humor, was here to bring Beekle to life.-The Huffington Post
Review Quote** "Santat's attention to detail in the mixed-media illustrations shares a child's eye for laughter and movement on full-bleed spreads with strategically placed text. Gazes of wonderment, broad smiles, and changes in perspective ensure an easy transition from page to page...Like Beekle's new friend, there's something here that feels just right as an "unimaginary" friendship creates a joyous, recognizable bond. A terrific addition to any library."-School Library Journal (starred review)
Review Quote*"Beekle (a crowned white gumdrop of lovable cuteness) lives on a fantastic island with other creatures "waiting to be imagined by a real child." After seeing his companions leave, one by one, Beekle loses faith that he will ever "be picked and given a special name," and so he does "the unimaginable" and ventures forth to find his friend...Welcome, Beekle. It's nice to know you."-Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote*"This story would comfort children looking for new friends and would also encourage children to reach out to someone different."-LMC
Biographical NoteNew York Times bestselling illustrator Dan Santat, a Society of Illustrators' The Original Art Silver Medal winner, is the author/illustrator of Sidekicks and the illustrator of Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets. His website is www.dantat.com.