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We Forgot Brock!
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We Forgot Brock!
The importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for Despicable Me, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc.
Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone can see Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock.

A night at the Big Fair is all fun and games until Phillip gets sleepy, heads home, and forgets Brock!

Brock misses Phillip. And Phillip misses Brock. Will they reunite? With the help of another pair of pals, they just might. Because even imaginary friends get lost sometimes. Finding them is part of the adventure.
The importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for Despicable Me, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc.
Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone can see Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock.

A night at the Big Fair is all fun and games until Phillip gets sleepy, heads home, and forgets Brock!

Brock misses Phillip. And Phillip misses Brock. Will they reunite? With the help of another pair of pals, they just might. Because even imaginary friends get lost sometimes. Finding them is part of the adventure.
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  • Text Difficulty:
    K - 1

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About the Author-
  • Carter Goodrich has illustrated sixteen New Yorker covers and was the lead character designer for Brave, Ratatouille (for which he won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for character design), and Despicable Me. He has designed characters for many other beloved animated films, including Finding Nemo; Monsters, Inc; and Open Season. Of the films he has worked on, four have gone on to win Academy Awards. A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, he has twice been awarded the gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York. His picture books include We Forgot Brock!, Say Hello to Zorro!, Zorro Gets an Outfit, Mister Bud Wears the Cone, A Creature Was Stirring, and The Hermit Crab. Carter lives in Los Angeles, California. Be sure to visit Carter at CarterGoodrich.com.
Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from May 18, 2015
    With his skull-and-crossbones T-shirt, amplified musculature, scraggly hair, and ninja swords, Brock looks like he rode his chopper straight off the set of Sons of Anarchy. But he’s actually the best friend ever, and Phillip adores him. Brock is also imaginary—“Whatever that means,” says the sympathetic narrator. Then one day, Brock is separated from Phillip at the Big Fair; lost and lonely, he’s taken in by a girl and her imaginary friend, the resplendently girly Princess Sparkle Dust. Pretty soon, “the three of them began to invent games and tell each other stories.” Has Brock moved on for good? Goodrich (Mister Bud Wears the Cone) draws Brock and the Princess Sparkle Heart with the loving crayonlike work (black for Brock, purple for the princess) of a child artist; they’re flattened, cut-out figures in a dimensional, full-color world, but their emotional vividness is as clear as can be. What starts as a familiar story of pretend play and dramatic irony turns into something stranger and more beautiful—a Möbius strip of fantasy and reality, with happy endings all around. Ages 4–8.

  • Kirkus

    June 15, 2015
    Phillip and Brock are best friends. They spend all their time goofing around together. The only problem is his parents can see Phillip but not Brock. This tale of a boy and his imaginary friend is told in one or two sentences per page, along with watercolor illustrations that depict a cheery, 1950s-feeling home. Phillip's parents play along with their son's imaginary friend, Brock. One evening when the family returns from the fair, disaster strikes. In a two-page spread, despair consumes Phillip's face as he sobs, "WE FORGOT BROCK!" Back at the fair, however, Brock meets Anne, who introduces him to Princess Sparkle Dust and offers to take him home with them. Though Anne and Princess Sparkle Dust try to cheer him up, Brock misses Phillip. Eventually the pair is reunited, and when Brock introduces Phillip to his new friends, they all become best friends, though his parents can still see only the two children. Goodrich plays with perspective, sometimes including his imaginary characters, done in monochromatic lines as if by a child, in an illustration and sometimes not, for funny counterpoint. Though the illustrations are sweet, the story feels slight, and it adds little new or exciting to the imaginary-friend shelf. In addition, the stereotypical renderings of Brock as a sword-wielding, black-and-white pirate and Princess Sparkle Dust as a big-haired, purple princess are unfortunate. Forget Brock. (Picture book. 4-6)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2015

    PreS-Gr 1-Enter swashbuckling, chopper-riding, pencil-mustache sporting imaginary friend Brock. Despite his parent's dubious looks and disbelief, Phillip finds Brock's jokes hilarious and generally enjoys spending "all their time goofing around together." That is, until one fateful trip to the fair when Brock and Phillip are separated after the former decides to ride the "Brain Shaker" and the latter falls asleep on his father's shoulder. Phillip wakes in a panic on the ride home, realizing they have forgotten Brock. Brock becomes frightened without Phillip, seeking the help of a little girl who can actually see him. Anne and her own imaginary friend, Princess Sparkledust, take pity on Brock and bring him home. Even though he enjoys his new friends, adventures aren't quite the same without Phillip. Luckily, Phillip is out looking for Brock and when the two are finally reunited, they have two new friends to show for their harrowing tale. Goodrich's illustrations perfectly portray the drama and humor of life with an imaginary friend. VERDICT This title will pair nicely with Dan Santat's The Adventures of Beekle (Little, Brown, 2014) in a themed storytime on imaginary friends.-Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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