(Another bookish post about a writerly friend! Full disclosure: Melanie is a friend and she gave me a signed copy of Imaginary Friends a few weeks ago.)
I first read Imaginary Friends: 26 Fables for the Kid in Us, a collection of zany and tart tales that offer aphorisms and affirmations for young-at-heart adults by Melanie Lee, as an e-book last year. That book, illustrated by Melanie’s childhood friend, Sheryl Khor, quickly became a Kobo bestseller. (It hit the #2 spot!)
Imaginary Friends is now a print book. The content is, as far as I can tell, the same as the e-book, but the words here are paired with pictures by Arif Rafhan, a Malaysia-based artist who “loves to draw on anything.” Rafhan’s style is a wonderful match for Melanie’s hilarious, satirical stories. His depictions of Melanie’s characters—from Annie the Ambitious Apple to Zelda the Zealous Zither—are wacky and wicked.
Imaginary Friends would be the perfect gift for a young friend, perhaps one on the cusp of adulthood, heading off to university or starting their first full-time job.
Connect with Imaginary Friends on Facebook and join Melanie at BooksActually on May 7 at 7:30pm for the launch of the print edition. The event will be hosted by Yu-Mei Balasingamchow. Pick up your copy then (for SG$10.70), or at Books Kinokuniya and MPH Bookstores.