Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup’s imaginary friend. It’s a funny old life, not really being there, but someone’s got to do it.
Nobody else can see Rudger - until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he’s sniffed out Rudger.
Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up?
A story of love, loss, imagination and not really being there, recommended for 8+ (ish), and illustrated throughout by the amazing award-winning Emily Gravett.
Longlisted for CILIP Carnegie and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals (2016).
Shortlisted for Leeds Book Award (2015), Sheffield Children's Book Award (2015), Redbridge Children's Book Award (2015), The English Association 4-11 Picture Books Award (2015), St Helen's School Library Service Book Award (2016), Haringey Children's Book Award (2017).
Winner of the UKLA Book Award (7-11 category) (2016) and British Book Design and Production Award (children's category and overall winner) (2015).
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I have a couple of copies of the American paperback, which has the original black cover (but an Americanized [sic] text). These are £9.00 including UK P&P...
Fancy some video reviews to stick in your eyes and ears, in English and Spanish? Or a book trailer in Portuguese from the book's Brazilian publisher? Try these... (Or search YouTube for others... there are more... trust me...)