If these names look familiar, you’ve probably seen them both online before. Melanie is also known in Internet Land as Tea Lady Mel, and Sheryl is a freelance writer and owner of the online fashion store, Bricolage Boutique. But, to me, they are both dear friends from my childhood and I am so proud to be able to review their published work!
The 26 fables are inspired by memories from Sheryl and Melanie’s primary school days together, when they used to make-believe that their water-bottles had names  and went on magical adventures. I can even see one of the games that Sheryl and I used to play using stationery and pencil boxes  in the story ‘E is for Elly Eraser‘.
Despite the cuddly cover and whimsical full-colour cartoon illustrations, Imaginary Friends is a highly irreverent and impudent little book written for grown-up-children like myself. The stories are full of sardonic wit, interspersed with the occasional tender moment. I especially like the life lesson at the end of each tale (because all fables must come with a pithy moral or you will learn nothing, NOTHING, I say) which can be surprisingly meaningful and relevant in our modern society.
Although there were a few little stories that seemed to end rather abruptly, I still think that it’s a superfun e-book to read, and would make very good company during the daily commute! If you liked other children’s books for grownups like Avery Monsen’s All My Friends Are Dead or Adam Mansbach’s Go the F*** to Sleep, you will definitely enjoy Imaginary Friends! Imaginary Friends: 26 Fables for the Kid in Us is priced at a mere US$4.99 (a real bargain!) and is available in a range of e-reader formats on AmazonKindle, Kobo and MPH Online.
Debs G rates Imaginary Friends: 8 out of 10 stars!
If you’re still not convinced of the brilliance of this book, you can listen to excerpts from the book here:
Imaginary Friends – B is for Bertie Butterfly
Imaginary Friends – K is for Kip the Kingfisher read by Sheryl Khor
Or you can watch this little cute music video here:
By the way, this is Melanie’s second anthology of short stories written in the A-Z format, the first one being Small Spaces: An A-Z Story Squeeze, which is 26 stories about the thoughts and responses of people who live in constricting circumstances. This book is available on iBook and Kobo at the embarassingly low price of USD$0.99 so it’s worth checking out too!
1.I remember Melanie had a water-bottle with a cute cover that had a Little Twin Star print on it that was the height of fashion at the time. It called Janet. I only remember this because I was terribly envious of Janet, which I felt was a particularly imaginative name for a water-bottle. My water-bottle was called ‘Ellie’. No prizes for guessing what my water-bottle cover looked like.
2. The hardcore kind with multiple layers and buttons for secret compartments.
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- #bookreview – Imaginary Friends: 26 Fables for the Kid in Us (blog.annatsp.com)