02 June, 2013

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks [Aimee, Howick Library]

As someone who once had an imaginary friend, I thought this book sounded like a bit of me. In fact, I managed to read it over the course of a single afternoon, wrapped up sick on the couch. The story is narrated by an imaginary friend named Budo. Such a cool kid! Yeah he may be imaginary, but his human friend Max has imagined him so well. He can do all sorts of stuff that your average imaginary friend can’t: he can walk through doors and windows, has the height and appearance of a regular little boy, and is really intelligent. This is all related to the fact that Max has Aspergers. Max is a smart, imaginative boy who lives inside himself, and Budo helps him cope with the outside world. When Max is abducted, it’s up to Budo to save him.

There are some really great characters in this story. Max’s teacher Mrs. Gosk is wonderful. She’s the kind of fun lovely teacher you may have had as a little one – if not, she’s the kind you wish you’d had. The cast of imaginary friends Budo interacts with are also great. There’s a talking puppy, a little girl named Graham, a wee bobble-headed boy, and a big talking spoon, among others. It’s obvious the author has a vivid imagination.

If you like something a bit different with odd characters, you may enjoy this. It might even have you wondering about the fate of your long-lost imaginary buddy ;)

Title: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Author: Matthew Dicks
ISBN: 9781250006219
Published: 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

- Aimee, Howick Library

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