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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier Hardcover – September 8, 2015
A TIME magazine Top 10 Children's Book of 2015
The whimsical "autobiography" of an imaginary friend who doesn't know he's imaginary--perfect for fans of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Toy Story
Jaques Papier has the sneaking suspicion that everyone except his sister Fleur hates him. Teachers ignore him when his hand is raised in class, he is never chosen for sports teams, and his parents often need to be reminded to set a place for him at the dinner table. But he is shocked when he finally learns the truth: He is Fleur's imaginary friend! When he convinces Fleur to set him free, he begins a surprising and touching, and always funny quest to find himself--to figure out who Jacques Papier truly is, and where he belongs.
Readers will fall in love with Jacque's sweet, quirky voice as he gives them a look at life from an incredible new perspective
From School Library Journal
* “Cuevas’s novel—brimming with metaphors, gorgeous imagery, and beautiful turns of phrase—considers the fate of devoted but invisible companions. Have tissues on hand for the bittersweet ending.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Alternately amusing and philosophical, this quirky read will get kids thinking about love, loss, and life."—Booklist
- Publisher : Dial Books (September 8, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0525427554
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525427551
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 700L
- Grade level : 4 - 7
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.77 x 0.79 x 8.53 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the delightful, wildly imaginative tale of an 8 year old boy who discovers he is actually the imaginary friend of the little girl he’s always believed to be his twin sister, and it’s sincerely one of the best books I’ve ever read.
The story is, by turns, or sometimes all at once, absurd, thoughtful, sarcastic, touching, whimsically existential, hysterically funny, and then in the end so heartbreakingly poignant that, after spending nearly 95% of the book snorting, cackling, and outright cracking up, I ended in tears. Honestly, I found the conclusion so moving that I still feel a bit shaken by it. Not because it was sad, not at all, it was *beautiful* and joyful, and full of love.
Here, have a lovely quote:
“The truth is, that’s all anyone wants, to be known that way, to be seen. I don’t mean our hair or our clothes, I mean <i>seen</i>for who we really are. We all want to find that one person who knows the real us, all our quirks, and still understands. Have you ever had anyone see you? Really, truly, the deepest part that seems invisible to the rest of the world?
I hope you have.
I have always had Fleur.”
This is a children's story, but it’s really a story for everyone. A story about friendship, and figuring out who you are, about the importance of being seen, the value of memory and unconditional love. And how, in the end, it’s the people we love and who love us, who make us real.
This shocking discovery sends Jacques on an existential, life-changing journey of discovery to learn what makes us us? Braided with simple yet clever observations and naive interpretations are mature insights. As I share a few of my favorite morsels, I don’t have to worry about spoiling your experience when you read the story. This book is chock full of delight, whimsy, and wisdom.
Jacques says our world has a deficit of words. He gives us a list of things he’s observed that have no word. Like Jacques, they exist but somehow they are also lacking identification. Such things as “a square of light on a floor made by the moon … secret messages in alphabet soup … ships that want to stay sunken.”
In chapter 53 he ponders what makes people different and/or valuable. He comes to the conclusion that every person is amazing ~ and most people don’t realize that about themselves because of their perspective, “like a flower that looks down and thinks it is just a stem.”
This story is delightfully creative and filled with things we adults, busy with important stuff as we are, don’t take time to notice. Sounds, for instance. Jacques remembers the hum of Father’s lawnmower, ticking of clocks, sizzling pans and clicking spoons … the sound of my parents’ voices through the floorboards.” And light, “the shapes of the sleeping furniture.”
Kudos to Michelle Cuevas for bringing readers this book (and humbly taking second billing to Jacques). The cover so aptly portrays the essence of the story. Probably the best I’ve seen! CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND is captivating. I enjoyed it twice: One as I read it and another as I shared story and quotes with my husband. Jacques may be imaginary, but he has come to live at our house.