Looking for a book series that takes you on a real summer reading adventure? You have to check out Imaginary Friends! It’s more than a book, it’s an entire interactive kit that brings the story to life.
Imaginary Friends is a series designed for kids ages 8-12, which makes me really happy because Jacob falls right in the middle of that group. I feel like that group is under-represented, as more people tend to focus on smaller children. Each book unlocks a new adventure, literally. Check out this video to see how it works:
What begins as a story on a page continues in the real world as you and your kids go on adventures to complete the quest. You’ll need to finish certain puzzles, scavenger hunts and more to find out what happens next!
Imaginary Friends: What Adventures Await Your Children?
CAPES IN THE FAMILY
“Capes in the Family by Gregg Taylor and Illustrated by Remie Geoffroi. In this story, Nick and Norris think their family is boring until killer robots kidnap their grandparents! In a secret lair, the boys discover hidden gadgets and costumes to become superheroes and defeat Doctor Cyborg.
Meet ridiculous superheroes like the Scarlet Hippie and Atom Woman who need your child to pilot rocket boots and join the story as an Agent.
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1
“Everything was perfect, right up until the house exploded.
Well, all right, that isn’t entirely true. Not perfect. Not really. For Norris Tuttle, perfect would have been another summer spent at science camp. An unnaturally gifted inventor since sometime shortly after he turned two, Norris was the sort of person who could take an empty soda can, two uncooked lasagna noodles and a wastepaper basket and make a working ham radio. Which is annoying at the best of times, but really, really annoying when a ten-year-old boy does it, and why, Norris maintains to this day, his fellow science campers had sabotaged his perpetual motion machine last year, and the dimensional rift it opened had not really been his fault.
All of which may or may not be true, but it did mean that Science Camp for Norris was out of the question this year, which is why he was at Grandma and Grandpa Tuttle’s house when it exploded.”
About the Author: Gregg Taylor is the creator of the Red Panda Adventures, a classic radio series reinvented as a popular podcast. Remie Geoffroi has illustrated characters for ChickaDEE magazine and worked for many major magazines. Together they have created an adventure that will evoke nostalgia in parents for Golden Age comics and amaze your child with imagery.”
CIRCUS OF MIRRORS
“Circus of Mirrors is written by Andrea Phillips and Illustrated by Mike Holmes. In this story you’ll rescue Sofia and Max, siblings who are invited to a magical circus inside a broken mirror.
Meet whimsical characters like the Bearded Man and the Strong Lady – eat cotton candy made of thunderclouds and help Sofia assemble the shards of the magical mirror which will take them home.
About the Author: Andrea Phillips is an interactive writer whose work has been nominated for a BAFTA and the creator of The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart. Mike Holmes is one of the artists behind Adventure Time and creates posters for Patton Oswalt. Together they’ve created a new mythology with delightfully memorable characters and a world your child will visit in his/her dreams.”
Support Imaginary Friends
Imaginary Friends needs your support. I strongly believe that this series will help encourage reading in kids and really want to see them succeed. As of now, all Kickstarter backers will receive a free sample kit (at any level) or you can download a sample kit and check out a few chapters for yourself. You’ll just need to print it out.
Imaginary Friends is getting close to their Kickstarter goal. Over 200 people believe in this awesome project. Show your support with as little as $4USD (the prices you see on the site are Canadian dollars, read the USD price under if you’re in the US) and you’ll earn great rewards, like a spot in the Advisor Community.
Visit the Imaginary Friends website to learn more. Check out their YouTube Channel for more videos. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with exciting news, and check out their Pinterest page for inspiration.
Imaginary Friends is also sharing a set of free downloadable Father’s Day cards from their blog, so check that out!