The Imaginary (Hardcover)

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By A. F. Harrold, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
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Amanda and Rudger are inseparable. Where Amanda goes, Rudger follows, until the day Rudger is ripped away from Amanda. Amanda and Rudger are best friends, but they are not ordinary friends: Rudger is imaginary and, if Amanda forgets him, he’ll disappear forever. With Mr. Bunting (a rumored devourer of imaginary friends) and his fabulously creepy imaginary friend lurking in the shadows and the seemingly impossible task of finding Amanda looming, Rudger must call upon all of his strength and love for his friend to guide him home. Emily Gravett’s phenomenal illustrations pair charmingly with the text and contribute to the magical and often sinister atmosphere of this novel. Highly recommended!

— Sara


Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup's imaginary friend. Nobody else can see Rudger--until the evil Mr. Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr. Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumor has it that he even eats them. And now he's found Rudger.

Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. He needs to find Amanda before Mr. Bunting catches him--and before Amanda forgets him and he fades away to nothing. But how can an unreal boy stand alone in the real world?

In the vein of Coraline, this gripping take on imaginary friends comes to life in a lush package: beautiful illustrations (10 in full color) by acclaimed artist Emily Gravett, a foiled and debossed case cover, printed endpapers, and deckled page edges.

About the Author

A.F. Harrold is an English author and poet who writes and performs for adults and children. He is the owner of many books, a handful of hats, a few good ideas, and one beard. He lives in Reading, England with a stand-up comedian and two cats. Visit him online at Gravett is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books, including Wolves, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration; and Orange Pear Apple Bear, a Quills Award finalist and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Emily lives in Brighton, England, with her partner, their daughter, and the family dog.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802738110
ISBN-10: 0802738117
Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English