The Resource The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend, Dan Santat

The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend, Dan Santat

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The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend
Title
The adventures of Beekle
Title remainder
the unimaginary friend
Statement of responsibility
Dan Santat
Title variation
Beekle
Title variation remainder
the unimaginary friend
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world."--
Tone
Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
  • Caldecott Medal, 2015.
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 In this picture book, imaginary friends are born on a distant island, where they await their real-life kid friends to dream them up and name them. One surprisingly expressive pudgy white blob gets sick of waiting, so he hops in a boat and embarks on an adventurous voyage to the real world, departing on a sunny sea next to a rainbow-scaled dragon and arriving in a gray, dingy city harbor. Once he reaches his destination, a fortuitous breeze brings him to bespectacled Alice, who names him Beekle, and it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship. It’s unclear why Beekle is so unimaginary, since the only thing that sets him apart is his initiative, but that’s an easily forgivable quibble. Santat’s plush illustrations fill each two-page spread with beautiful, varied layouts and a kaleidoscope of tones. Whether he’s lost amid a sea of black pants-legs, lonely on top of a bare tree, or joyful at discovering the loopy, colorful world of vivacious children with vivid imaginations, Beekle’s journey is lovely. -- Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 08-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 22)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2 — How long would you wait and how far a journey would you make to find your truest friend? Born on an island for imaginary friends, Beekle waits to be "imagined by a real child." He waits and he waits, but his turn never comes. Filled with impetuous courage, Beekle does the unimaginable and heads out across deep waters until he reaches the real world. He finds that life there is so harried that no one notices him. Eventually, as he waits at the top of a star-leafed tree, a small girl with a friendly face calls out to him with a picture in her hand. They learn to be friends, share adventures and snacks, joke, "and together they did the unimaginable." Santat's attention to detail in the mixed-media illustrations shares a child's eye for laughter and movement on full-bleed spreads with strategically placed text. Gazes of wonderment, broad smiles, and changes in perspective ensure an easy transition from page to page. Beekle's round white visage and taped orange paper crown are immediately identifiable in each scene, a sharp contrast to his surroundings against variations of dark neutrals on a city street or the brightly colored dragons of a child's imagination. Like Beekle's new friend, there's something here that feels just right as an "unimaginary" friendship creates a joyous, recognizable bond. A terrific addition to any library.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX --Mary Elam (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 4, p134)
  • On an island of imaginary friends waiting “to be picked by a child and given a special name,” one friend—he’s adorably pudgy, and wears a paper crown—resolves to wait no longer. He sets sail in a small boat, but the sea serpents and whales he encounters are not nearly as daunting as the real world, which is gray and pedestrian: “No kids were eating cake. No one stopped to hear the music.” At last, his human appears: she’s a geeky, mop-headed girl who likes to draw. A sweet sequence shows the two shifting and blushing next to each other; she turns to him with his new name: “Beekle.” He’s overjoyed. Santat (Crankenstein), a versatile and talented illustrator, ranges wide, drawing underwater ocean scenes, grim cityscapes, and appealing alien creatures. The third-person retelling weighs the story down somewhat—there’s no conversation—and the pace drags as Beekle’s search has more obstacles than it needs to. Affirming thoughts abound (“thinking about his friend gave him the courage to journey on”), but fans may miss the cracked humor of Santat’s more irreverent work. Ages 3–6. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed January 27, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 04, p)
  • If an imaginary friend is unimagined, does it become a real friend? Beekle (a crowned white gumdrop of lovable cuteness) lives on a fantastic island with other creatures "waiting to be imagined by a real child." After seeing his companions leave, one by one, Beekle loses faith that he will ever "be picked and given a special name," and so he does "the unimaginable" and ventures forth to find his friend. Upon arriving at a port city, he observes adults going about their daily lives in monochrome, dingy settings that lack any spark of color or vitality. Perspectives that often isolate the tiny Beekle in corners or surround him with large figures accentuate his loneliness. Everything changes when he arrives at a playground awash in color and sees children playing with their imaginary friends—many of whom had been on his island. But even here, he still cannot find his special friend. Feeling sad, he climbs a tree, and from his perch, he hears a voice calling to him. Lo and behold, he meets his special friend, Alice. She's imagined him after all, as evidenced by the picture he retrieves for her, which is of himself handing her a picture. In a delightful comic sequence, the pair become acquainted, and "[t]he world began to feel a little less strange." Welcome, Beekle. It's nice to know you. (Picture book. 3-7)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2014)
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Awards note
Caldecott Medal, 2015.
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10301350
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Santat, Dan
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Preschool
  • 480
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
  • LG
  • LG
LC call number
PZ7.S23817
LC item number
Adv 2014
Literary form
fiction
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  • -1
  • 2
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Reading level
  • 2.3.
  • 1.6
  • 2.3.
  • 2.3
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True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts RC
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Imaginary companions
  • Friendship
  • Imaginary playmates
  • Friendship
  • Friendship
  • Imaginary companions
Target audience
  • juvenile
  • preschool
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the unimaginary friend
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The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend, Dan Santat
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Contents
Winner of the Caldecott Medal 2015.-An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable -- he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world
Control code
ocn843955798
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Form of item
direct electronic
Isbn
9780316199988
Lccn
2013017700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other control number
9780316199988
Other physical details
color illustrations
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(OCoLC)843955798
Label
The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend, Dan Santat
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
Contents
Winner of the Caldecott Medal 2015.-An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable -- he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world
Control code
ocn843955798
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Form of item
direct electronic
Isbn
9780316199988
Lccn
2013017700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780316199988
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)843955798

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