Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Summary: Phillip and Brock are best friends. It’s a little annoying that Mom and Dad can’t see Brock and don’t believe that he exists, but they generally don’t let this bother them. One night, the whole family goes to the Big Fair, where they ride on the merry-go-round, the bumper cars, and the tilt-a-whirl. Phillip falls asleep after the Ferris wheel ride, and the family heads for home, unaware that Brock is still riding the Brain Shaker. When Phillip wakes up at home, he realizes that Brock is still at the fair. Meanwhile, Brock is on the Ferris wheel, trying to find Phillip and his family. A little girl named Anne and her friend Princess Sparkle Dust see him and bring him home with them. The next day, Phillip rides his bike around, looking for Brock, and eventually finds him with Anne. All four become fast friends, which works out great, because at least Mom and Dad can see Anne. Ages 3-8.
Pros: A fun take on the imaginary friend story, told with great respect for the imaginary friends. I love the drawings of Brock and Princess Sparkle Dust. Look for Brock’s blushing cheeks when he rides home in the back seat with the princess.
Cons: With two swords, Brock seems to be a bit heavily armed to be going to the fair.