BOOK REVIEW 3: MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND

BOOK REVIEW 3: MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND

Wednesday again! And we are here with a book review. Today we´re going to talk about another American author. He´s Mathew Dicks, a novelist, teacher and blogger. ‘Memoirs of an imaginary friend’ is his third novel and it won the 2014 Dolly Gray Award for children´s Literature. This author publishes in the UK under the pseudonym Matthew Green. Do you know him? If not, you must. Go on and read this review, but once again, take care! There are some spoilers!

 

TITLE: Memoirs of an imaginary friend.

AUTHOR: Matthew Dicks.

LITERARY GENRE: Science Fiction.

 

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Budo: He is the narrator of the story, a six year-old imaginary friend who almost looks like a human friend. He is incredibly clever because his creator imagined him that way.
  • Max Delaney: He is a six-year-old boy who suffers from a kind of autism and he is the creator of Budo. Although he is really good at learning things, he has many problems to socialize with others.
  • Max´s parents: They are a couple who adore their special son, but they normally argue about what is the best for him.

TIME OF THE STORY:

The events take place in 2012.

 

PLACE OF THE STORY:

The story is set in Conecticut (in USA).

 

PLOT / SUMMARY:

Budo lives with Max and he loves Max´s parents as if they were his own parents. He goes to school every day, as Max does, and know all the teachers (he loves the sweet Mrs Gosk and hates Mrs Patterson). At school Budo meets other imaginary friends, somo of whom disappear really soon because children forget them to grow up. At night, as Budo can not sleep, he usually visits ill children´s imaginary friends at hospital.

When Mrs Patterson kidnaps Max one day, Budo helps him, and finally… (SPOILER) the experience makes Max grow up and forget Budo.

CONCLUSIONS:

This is one of the sweetest books you will probably read because it is a story about love and friendship.

On the one hand, it is the story of someone (Budo) who loves his friend so much that sacrifies his own life to save him.

On the other hand, the story is incredibly original and surprising because the author makes up a world where imaginary  friends are real (in a way) and it is very funny how he describes them (probably like children would do: one of them is a fairy, another one is a spoon…)

 

 

THE BEST THING OF THE BOOK:

The important messages that the novel gives us: the importance of being a good teacher, the way special children see the world, and the tragedy of being forgotten by a friend.

What is more, the vocabulary is very accesible and when the author introduces a new word, he normally explains it. This is because he writes about children´s world, which is fantastic.

 

THE WORST THING OF THE BOOK:

It is a bit short and you will want to read more.

 

Now, what do you think? Would you like to give this short novel a shot? Yes or no? Did you have an imaginary friend at kindergarten. Leave us a comment.

You can check out one of Graham´s review at https://soundcloud.com/user-346001313/the-hobbit-a-book-review?in=user-346001313/sets/esi-radio  (He talks about The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien).

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