Real to Me

(Author) (Illustrator)

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$18.99  $17.66
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
11.3 X 9.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Minh Lê is the author of several children's books including Drawn Together, which won the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Lift which was an Eisner Award Nominee. His other books include Let Me Finish!, The Perfect Seat, and The Blur. Minh has written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. He currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and kids. Visit him online at or on Instagram and Twitter @bottomshelfbks.

Raissa Figueroa is the illustrator of several picture books, including We Wait for the Sun, which received a Coretta Scott King Honor, as well as four starred reviews. She also illustrated Oona, Princess Unlimited, Sophie and the Little Star, and The More the Merrier. She loves taking in the early morning light while out on walks with her dog, Ghost, and letting her mind meander off to fantastical new places. Visit her online at


★ "Any youngster who has felt the pain of putting away childish things will find this an emotionally palpable, thoughtful story." --The Bulletin, starred review

"Figueroa's lush, electric, pulsating hues and colors bring the worldbuilding to life....the robust storytelling throughout will prove the book's greatest lure." --Kirkus Reviews

"An insightful and delightful take on the imaginary-friend concept, while highlighting what it means to have--and be--a real friend." --Booklist

"This sweet story gently conveys the inevitable pains of changing relationships." --School Library Journal

"To Lê's simply told, heartfelt reflection on childhood bonds, Figueroa adds two rich, unexpected dimensions: a dramatic, luminous visual universe, and a narrative twist likely to tweak readers' initial assumptions about the imaginary." --Publishers Weekly

"[A] heartwarming story." --The Horn Book