I’ve been working on various story ideas of my own recently and am mulling something over in my mind about imaginary children. I found a couple of excellent articles in the Guardian about them, including this one about imaginary friends in Children’s Literature: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/feb/12/childrens-literature-imaginary-friends-enid-blyton
I can’t think of many books that have them in, except for:
- Philippa Pearce’s little dog in A Dog So Small
- Lauren Child’s Soren Lorensen in the Charlie and Lola series
- Nikki Sheehan’s young adult novel Who Framed Klaris Cliff (which I am looking forward to reading)
Er… that’s it!
Can you suggest any other children’s books that feature imaginary friends that you could recommend?
Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? How long did you have one for, and what sort of things did you do? I read an article that said girls and boys treat imaginary friends differently, with girls adopting a more caring and nurturing role towards friends that fulfil an emotional need, and boys acting out the personality and antics of their friend, often giving them skills and abilities they aspire to possess.
Any thoughts gratefully received as I am fascinated in this area and am researching it fairly extensively!
Thank you in advance!