Leon and Bob
Leon has an imaginary friend called Bob. A new family moves in next door and Leon makes friends with the child whose name is... you guessed! A sensitive and beautifully placed story which has great emotional depth and in which words and pictures work intimately together. A key moment occurs when Leon mounts the long stairs to the neighbours' house and turns round to find 'Bob' isn't there any more. The pictures show a realistic urban setting incorporating old terraced houses with high-ceilinged rooms in which the sense of space emphasises Leon's loneliness.
On the theme of imaginary friends, see also:
John Burningham: Aldo (9780099185017), Red Fox £7.99
Dan Santat: The Adventures of Beekle (9781783443857), Andersen £7.99