The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend (Hardcover)

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Syd's Staff Pick (June 2014): I love this story! It is the adventures of an imaginary friend, born into an imaginary world and waiting for a human to think him up and give him a name! When he is left all alone in his world, with no friend having imagined him, he takes it upon himself to venture to the real world and find his friend! Its an adorable, endearing, and hopeful children’s book, with absolutely beautiful illustrations!

— From Syd's Staff Picks

Beekle is from a magical place, where imaginary friends are born. He waits and waits and waits some more for his turn to be imagined by his future friend - but his friend never comes. So Beekle decides to take his fate into his own hands - he travels far to the city, in search of his future friend! This is a very sweet story of patience, determination, friendship and courage.

- Recommended by Marissa

— From July Staff Picks to Enjoy this Summer!


Dan Santat's Caldecott Medal-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend is a humorous and thoughtful celebration of friends.

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.

The #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat--creator of After the Fall and Are We There Yet?--combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art in an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one's place in the world.

About the Author

Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Are We There Yet?, and After the Fall as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.

Praise For…

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

"[A] sweet, mind-bending gumdrop of a tale."—The New York Times Book Review

"Bursting at the seams with charm."—The Huffington Post

* "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)

"Beekle [is] a crowned white gumdrop of lovable cuteness...Welcome, Beekle. It's nice to know you."—Kirkus Reviews

"This story would comfort children looking for new friends and would also encourage children to reach out to someone different."—LMC
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316199988
ISBN-10: 0316199982
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 8th, 2014
Pages: 40
Language: English