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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend - Matthew Dicks

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks follows the adventures of imaginary friend Budo as he helps Max, his boy, through daily life.

As a child with autism, Max faces many challenges when it comes to social situations. Because of his unusual behavior he doesn't have any friends at school. After doing the right thing, he even managed to get tangled up with a bully. But Max enjoys going to school because Mrs. Gosk, his teacher, makes school fun.

Max's only friend is Budo, his imaginary friend. Budo likes Max and helps him as much as possible. When Max ends up in a dangerous situation, their friendship is pushed to the limits. Unable to communicate with other humans, Budo enlists the help of other imaginary friends to save Max.

Max's parents are loving parents, and their struggle with figuring out how to best care for their unusual child makes their relationship difficult. While Max may not understand the arguing, Budo understands and illustrates the pain many children feel when family members cannot get along. The natural friendship between Max and Budo sucked me in and kept me engaged throughout the entire novel.

Recommended Reading:
The Wild Things - Dave Eggers

Recommended Viewing:
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

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