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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend (edition 2013)

by Matthew Dicks

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Title:Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Authors:Matthew Dicks
Info:Thorndike Press (2013), Edition: Lrg, Hardcover, 620 pages
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Tags:autism, friend, friendship, kidnapping

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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

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  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
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  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
What a wonderful book! Written in first person we meet Budo, the friend (he is NOT imaginary) of Max, an 8-year-old special needs child with Asperger's Spectrum. Budo is Max's best friend and he helps him and protects him whenever he can. Budo never sleeps so he knows more than Max does about lots of things because he watches adult television and listens to the parents, teachers, and other adults when Max can't. When Max is in peril, though Budo suspects that he is endangering himself, he goes to Max's rescue. Every child should have a Budo, Tiny, Graham, and Oswald to nurture and protect them. Highly recommended. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Sep 3, 2015 |
Just the premise of this book is intriguing. It is told by Budo, the imaginary friend of Max, an eight-year old boy with special needs, most likely an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In fact, Max’s exact diagnosis is an ongoing issue with his parents. This discussion does not matter to Budo, who accepts Max for who he is and understands his every thought and action. It sometimes becomes difficult to remember that the narrator is a made-up character who exists only for Max and the imaginary friends of others. Since he does not have the same issues as Max, Budo is uniquely positioned to help Max get through the difficult days of too many people, too much touching and too much noise. But since Budo can only do what Max has imagined that he can do, he is also limited in his ability to help during a time of crisis. There are moments of humor, moments of tension, and moments of sadness, all combining to make this book difficult to put down.
Telling too much more would be a spoiler. The author is an elementary school teacher who seems to possess an incredible understanding of the thoughts and feelings of a child with Max’s problems. The creation of Budo as the narrator is brilliant and although Budo is only five years old (ancient for an imaginary friend, we are told), his wisdom, empathy and understanding does not appear to be inappropriate for his age. Perhaps Max needed to create someone smart enough to help him navigate his difficult life?
Highly recommended! ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
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Here is what I know: My name is Budo.
But you have to be the bravest person in the world to go out every day, being yourself when no one likes who you are.
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A tale imparted from the perspective of long-time imaginary friend, Budo, traces his awareness of his advancing age and constant thought of the inevitable day when eight-year-old Max, an autistic boy, will stop believing in him.

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