Did you know that sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one? An imaginary friend like Fred.
Fred is the best imaginary friend you could ever hope for, but no matter how hard he tries, the same thing always happens: his friend finds a real friend in the real world, and Fred fades away, bit by bit, waiting to be wished for again . . .Then one day, a boy called Sam wishes for a friend, and Fred appears! For a while, everything is perfect. But what about the day when Sam finds a real friend? Could it be that this time, something magical might happen . . . ?
The perfect chemistry between Eoin Colfer’s text and Oliver Jeffers’s artwork makes for a dazzlingly original picture book. Eoin and Oliver are friends from the same place (Ireland), who now live an ocean apart, and wanted to collaborate on what has become such a beloved phenomenon of the childhood experience.
About the author: Eoin Colfer is the internationally bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, as well as several standalone novels, including the highly acclaimed Airman. His newest series is W.A.R.P. Eoin was born and raised in Ireland, where he was appointed Children’s Laureate. Eoin has two imaginary friends who are hilarious because they insist they are his actual sons and need stuff like food and clothing.
About the illustrator: Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories. From his much-loved debut, How to Catch a Star, Oliver has gone on to create a collection of award-winning and bestselling picture books (including the illustrations for The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt), which have been translated into many languages all over the world. Originally from Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Oliver used to have an imaginary friend called Egbert. But Egbert stole his bicycle and was last seen pedaling west as hard as he could. That was seventeen years ago.
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