Children have those lovely imaginations that allow them to put life into objects that adults don’t consider alive. This fantastic story by Dan Santat is narrated by Beekle. He is waiting, not so patiently, on an island far away to be imagined by a real child. At this point, he doesn’t have a name because a real child has to name him. He gets tired of waiting and sets sail to the real world, which is described as unimaginable. His hunger for a real child gives him great courage to continue on this brave journey. Before his real child finally finds him, Beekle astutely makes some observation about the real world.
The illustrations are amazing. The language is beautifully sparse, allowing the pictures to tell the rest of the story. This is a great book to share with little ones in kindergarten through third grade. Teachers of older students can also use it to jump start creative writing and art projects on imaginary creatures. This is a new classic that needs to be in every classroom.