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Created: 18th May, 2018

Imaginary Fred

Author: Eoin Colfer
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: HarperCollins

Fred is an imaginary friend, poised in the ether, waiting for the magic moment when a lonely child will need him. Eventually, though, each child makes a real friend and Fred finds himself fading. When Fred meets Sam and they discover how much they have in common, everything seems perfect. What will happen when Sam makes a real friend?

Oliver Jeffers’ minimalist black and white drawings are immensely expressive with colour used to bring imaginary friends into prominence, while the use of a dotted pattern suggests their impermanence.