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The glorious new picture book from the bestselling, award-winning author of Blown Away and GRRRRR!, all about one boy, one Kevin, and one very special friendship...
Uh-oh - Sid Gibbons is in trouble again! Time to think fast...
When Sid makes yet another mess, and his mum is at the end of her patience, Sid does what every quick-thinking kid would do - he blames it on his big, furry, vanilla-and-pink friend Kevin!
And while it seemed like a good idea at the time, Sid gets an unexpected surprise when he finds out that Kevin and his world might not be so imaginary after all - and while his friend might be make-believe, his feelings are very real.
A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale of friendship, kindness and stepping up, from a rare picture book talent.
The perfect story for any child, from age three and up.

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29th August '17
I read it to Ibby aged 5 aged 5 & to Massi aged 8 months aged 0
Kevin 9780008207410
5 stars
Wow, what an amazing book this is. First of all the pictures are lovely. Secondly, there is a great story line with an important message about the emotions behind friendships - real or imaginary.Thirdly,  it is written in rhyme which makes the book a complete pleasure to read. Big thumbs up from my family!
5th September '17
I read it to Amelie aged 5 aged 5
Kevin 9780008207410
5 stars
Rob Biddulph does not disappoint with another winner of a book.  Right from page one we knew we would fall in love with this as Sid blames his mischief on an imaginary friend, Kevin, things have a twist as Kevin becomes real to him.  But what more mischief can Sid get up to, and what are the consequences!?  Well, this was a lovely, fun filled book with a great lesson for my five year old daughter.
It's packed full of super illustrations, we keep spotting more each time, including many other of our favourite Biddulph characters from his previous books.
This is already a firm favourite.
29th August '17
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 2 aged 2
Kevin 9780008207410
5 stars
This is a large hardback with the most endearing character Kevin on the front page (font all fuzzy just like him). Kevin is Sid's best friend. He is imaginary from one of Sid's drawings. Sid is a naughty boy who draws on walls and lives in gloom, he blames all his imaginary friends. When Sid adventures into Kevin's world he gets unto the same naughty tricks and Kevin gets into trouble from his dad monster. Sid sees the error of his ways and cleans everything up and does the same at home and gets a big bunch of flowers for his mum and says sorry. He learnt his lesson, to value his imagination and friends and behave. Sophie enjoyed the character Kevin he looks very friendly and she loved the other monsters too. I think this would be a very good social learning book for when she is older, hopefully ill not need it for that reason and she behaves , but it makes a lovely story, even to understand other kids who are naughty.

Nana worries about buying books with smaller font, don't let this put you off this book. I read it to Sophie and she followed the lovely illustration's.
5th September '17
I read it to RC13 aged 4 aged 4
Kevin 9780008207410
5 stars
This is a great book for learning about consequences. It's the first book that has really made my daughter stop and think about how you can make someone else feel. This is down to the lovable character of Kevin- he is beautifully drawn and looks like someone everyone would want as an imaginary friend. My daughter really felt for him, when his imaginary friend got him in to trouble. Such a lovely book, we both really enjoyed it.
30th August '17
I read it to CopyMonkey aged 3 aged 3
Kevin 9780008207410
5 stars
What a wonderful book!!  My three year old was immediately captivated by the cover and who wouldn't be?  It's very cute. The illustrations are lovely, and I really like the use of colours from Sid's dim bedroom to Kevin's brightly coloured world. The book has a nice rhyme, which is always welcomed to a three year old and fun for me to read out loud. The subject of imaginary friends is interesting to my three year as he wonders why Sid is 'camouflaged' to Kevin's friends and family when Sid is the 'real' one. But the most important part is why was Kevin sad. This question allows me to have a teachable moment with my three year old over how our actions can lead us to hurt our friends.  A wonderful thought provoking book that's a pleasure to look at and read out loud. 
17th September '17
I read it to Jaanu aged 5 aged 5
Kevin 9780008207410
5 stars
This is a super fab book! It is written well and in rhyme and reminds me of something that Julia Donaldson would write. The book's storyline is nice and about imaginary friends, but also about taking responsibility for your own mistakes. My son loves this!
16th February '18
I read it to Samuel aged 2 aged 2
Kevin 9780008207410
5 stars
This is the story of Sid Gibbons and his imaginary friend, Kevin. Sid is in trouble with his mum. His dinner is upside down on the floor. In fact, Sid has been getting into trouble all week. Faced with another telling off, Sid hatches a plan. He decides to blame all his misdemeanours on Kevin. Mum is not impressed with this and sends Sid to his bedroom. While he’s there, the ceiling hatch in his room opens and a light streams through. Sid climbs the ladder and enters a world of make-believe where he meets Kevin, who is just as Sid imagined him. To his delight, Sid soon discovers that it’s him who’s imaginary in this world and he uses this invisibility to get up to all sorts of mischief. Unfortunately there are negative consequences to his actions and poor Kevin ends up getting the blame for all the trouble Sid’s caused. Sid realises that he’s not been a good friend at all to Kevin. He sets out to make amends.

The story is written in verse: a bouncy, toe-tapping verse that cries out to be read aloud. There’s quite a lot of text for a picture book but the rhymes and the rhythm make it trip off the tongue.

As usual, Rob Biddulph’s illustrations are fabulous. Kevin is a super cute one-toothed hairy monster. His Battenberg-hued pink and yellow fur make me love him even more. The world of make-believe that Sid accesses through the loft is in glorious technicolour: a golden sky, pink and purple trees…  In fact, the visual contrast between the dreary greys, greens and browns of the real world and the vivid multi-colour of Sid’s imagination is really striking. This contrast is mirrored in the end papers too; they are subdued at the start of the book but bloom into life by the end.

What I also really like is that there’s never any question that Kevin exists. Sid’s mum doesn’t have any problem with Sid having an imaginary friend, what she objects to is how Sid treats him.

I love Rob’s earlier picture books too (Blown AwaySunkGrrrrr! and Odd Dog Out) and, if you’re also a fan, it’s fun spotting characters from these previous books hidden in the illustrations of this one. I think these references are a really nice touch.

Kevin is a wonderful picture book about friendship, trust and taking responsibility for your actions.
1st September '17
I read it to Squirt aged 3 aged 3
Kevin 9780008207410
5 stars
We love love loved this book! The pictures are fab, especially of Kevin's wonderful world and the rhyming story was great. 

Sid Gibbons makes Kevin up to blame him for all the bad things Sidney himself has done. But Kevin turns out to be real! We haven't entered the realms of imaginary friends yet, but I wouldn't mind Kevin! 

We especially liked the last page where S enjoyed looking at all the different friends playing together. 
14th October '17
I read it to MHH2014 aged 3 aged 3
Kevin 9780008207410
5 stars
My three year old boy adores this book. Kevin's world is fascinating. But most importantly it's given him the understanding that we have responsibilities to each other and we can upset each other with our actions. A happy ending though :-)
26th September '17
Sol read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Kevin 9780008207410
5 stars
This book is grate, so funny. Nise pichures.
11th September '17
I read it to MunchkinMia aged 4 aged 4
Kevin 9780008207410
4 stars
There's no doubt that this book is stunning - the illustrations, the use of colour to define the real and imaginary, the large size of the book. The concept and storyline are also brilliant. I loved the idea of reversing the imaginary and real worlds and the message of friendship and honesty.
However, the text itself was a bit too long-winded for 4 yr old Mia to sit through. It didn't engage her enough to sit through the whole story, despite loving the cheekiness of Sid's plans. I found the rhyming text a bit clumsy to read and a tad forced at times - for example, Mia didn't know what a kidney was, so using that as a shaped creature because it rhymed with Sidney meant it went over her head. That happened a few times but I'm sure on repeat reads we'll use the illustrations to learn these new words.
Overall, a lovely book for older picture book readers and listeners. 
31st August '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
Kevin 9780008207410
4 stars
This is a really beautiful big book. It's a touch too long for my soon-to-turn three-year-old though. It starts off with dull dark pages and gets more colourful and brighter as the story develops and we find out more about Kevin. Kevin himself is a really fun character and my daughter was quite taken with him. It's a really good book for talking to a little one about feelings by referring to how Sid and Kevin are feeling in the book (and even Mum!). I enjoyed reading it with my daughter and I think she will grow into it as she is more able to handle longer stories.
14th November '17
I read it to Babyeva29 aged 2 aged 2
Kevin 9780008207410
4 stars
Lovely book about friendship and exploring consequences of actions. Kevin is a brilliant character created by Sid as his imaginary friend who gets the blame for all of sids bad behaviour 
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Rob Biddulph is an award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator. His first picture book Blown Away won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. His second, GRRRRR!, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greena...

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