David Hunt on his new picture book, My Real Friend

by |April 9, 2019

David Hunt is a man who wears many hats – author, historian, satirist, television presenter, podcaster, and public speaker, to name a few!

He is well known as the mind behind Girt and True Girt, the “unauthorised” two-volume history of Australia, but he also happens to be a marvellously talented children’s book author.

His first picture book, The Nose Pixies, was a cheeky and charming tale of a boy named Oliver who couldn’t stop picking his nose, to the dismay of the booger-collecting pixies that live inside it. Kids everywhere just couldn’t get enough of it, so it’s a good thing David is back with a brand new book!

Our Kids & YA specialist Sarah McDuling with David Hunt

My Real Friend is his latest picture book, and it’s a heartwarming story of friendship and the power of the imagination.

It’s about an imaginary creature named Rupert and his best friend William, a real boy. William and Rupert have all kinds of amazing imaginary adventures together, but Rupert worries that William will soon want to have real ones, the kind that Rupert can’t have. What happens next will melt even the coldest of hearts and you just have to read it for yourself!

With illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Lucia Masciullo, My Real Friend is a picture book that your kids will treasure. What’s more, we were lucky enough to have David come into Booktopia’s head office this week for a little signing session – you can pick up a signed copy here!

In the meantime, why not watch David read a little bit of My Real Friend below?


My Real Friend is available for pre-order now.

My Real Friendby David Hunt

My Real Friend

by David Hunt

It's not easy being imaginary ...

Rupert isn't real, but he has a real friend, William. They both love sport, painting and music and have amazing adventures together in William's imagination.

But why can't they have the adventures that Rupert wants? And what will happen if William no longer wants an imaginary friend?

A heartwarming story of friendship, identity and the power of imagination from bestselling author David Hunt and award-winning illustrator Lucia Masciullo.

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Olivia Fricot is Booktopia's newest Senior Content Producer and Editor of the Booktopian Blog. After finishing a soul-crushing law degree, Olivia decided that life was much better with one's nose in a book and quickly defected to the world of Austen and Woolf. You can usually find her reading (obviously), baking, writing questionable tweets, and completing a Master's degree in English literature. Just don't ask about her thesis. Olivia is on Twitter and Instagram @livfricot - follow at your own risk.

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