THIS SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS will appear on Sunday morning. At PWR (powerfulwomenreaders), Saturday mornings are reserved for recommendations for kids’ books, just as Saturday mornings of TV programming were focused around cartoons for kids in the 50s and 60s.

This recommendation is for younger read-to-me kids who might have ,or just be growing out of imaginary friends.
Rovetch’s approach to “getting rid of” imaginary friends is unique. When a child begins to have real-world friends, imaginary friends are no longer necessary.

Trigwater is always getting Arnie in trouble. He does things like writing on walls, pulling little girls’ pigtails, and sailing a paper airplane across Arnie’s teacher’s nose. Arnie’s principal tells Arnie Trigwater must behave, or they will both be sent home. Arnie thinks about this a long time and has a long, serious talk with Trigwater.

Will Trigwater reform? And, something interesting happens when another student sees Trigwater. Another question answered by the wonderful illustration on the last page is, What happens to imaginary friends when children “outgrow” them?

This is a darned good read for you and your child or grandchild.

Families that read together, stay together!

*** RAE***


The Purple Booker created the Tuesday Teaser for bloggers to “tease” someone into reading their current read by quoting a few lines.

My teaser for today comes from Matthew Dick’s Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, a library book I finished last night. Here are a few lines from page 235 three fourths of the way through the story. Three imaginary friends are talking here:

” ‘ How did you know my name?’ Oswald asks…[This] might be the fairy’s chance to turn things around.

‘Baldo is my friend,’ the fairy says,’ I don’t want you to hurt him…Baldo needs your help, Oswald.’

I will not let him hurt the fairy like he has hurt me. But as I reach over to grab him…she shakes her head ever so gently. She is telling me to stop. Or to wait at least.

I obey.”

Max Delaney is an autistic little boy who has made up an imaginary friend named Baldo, from whose point to view the tale is told. As readers we see the physical/real world of Max, but we also see the world of imaginary friends Baldo comes to know as he aids Max in the perils of everyday life. This is definitely a unique story.