Santat, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      Library Journals, LLC, 2014.
    • Publication Date:
      2014
    • Abstract:
      * SANTAT, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illus. by Dan Santat. 40p. Little, Brown. Apr. 2014. Tr $17. ISBN 9780316199988. LC 2013017700. PreS-Gr 2--How long would you wait and how [...]
    • ISSN:
      0362-8930
    • Rights:
      Copyright 2014 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
      COPYRIGHT 2014 A wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
    • Accession Number:
      edsbro.A363686598
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ELAM, M. Santat, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. School Library Journal, [s. l.], n. 4, p. 134, 2014. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbro&AN=edsbro.A363686598. Acesso em: 8 abr. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Elam M. Santat, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. School Library Journal. 2014;(4):134. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbro&AN=edsbro.A363686598. Accessed April 8, 2020.
    • APA:
      Elam, M. (2014). Santat, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. School Library Journal, 4, 134.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Elam, Mary. 2014. “Santat, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.” School Library Journal. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbro&AN=edsbro.A363686598.
    • Harvard:
      Elam, M. (2014) ‘Santat, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend’, School Library Journal, p. 134. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbro&AN=edsbro.A363686598 (Accessed: 8 April 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Elam, M 2014, ‘Santat, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend’, School Library Journal, no. 4, p. 134, viewed 8 April 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Elam, Mary. “Santat, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.” School Library Journal, no. 4, 2014, p. 134. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbro&AN=edsbro.A363686598.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Elam, Mary. “Santat, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.” School Library Journal, 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbro&AN=edsbro.A363686598.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Elam M. Santat, Dan. Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. School Library Journal [Internet]. 2014 [cited 2020 Apr 8];(4):134. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsbro&AN=edsbro.A363686598

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2014 August #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. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall

Imaginary friend Beekle waits and waits for a child to think him into existence. When it doesn't happen, Beekle sails off to the real world--a city full of boring adults--to find her. Santat's bright digital illustrations capture the vivid land of imagination, the drab adult world, and the giggle-inducing expressions on marshmallow-like Beekle's pudgy white face.

PW Reviews 2014 January #4

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.)

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