“We Forgot Brock!,” by Carter Goodrich
Simon and Shuster, New York, 2015, 32 pages, K-2 and adults wanting a good laugh.
Childhood is a time of wonder and exploration. Freed from the rational restraints that trap adult understanding about the world, children can dream of adventures, flying carpets and heroic exploits. This leads some children to develop their imaginations. Now the youngsters can create worlds and people to help them understand their situation.
Occasionally, children will develop an imaginary friend. This created person can live the excitement of new experiences or merely be a comfort for them when they are uncertain. Carter Goodrich has created such a story. “We Forgot Brock!” is a delightful tale of a young boy trying to make sense of his life through this creative imagination.
Phillip is a young boy with a fondness for caped crusader outfits. His imaginary friend is named Brock. In their swashbuckling adventures, Brock wears a pirate outfit. He and Phillip engage in swordfights and other exciting exploits. Phillip plays outside with Brock, to the somewhat befuddled consternation of his parents. They wonder if their little superman is somewhat off kilter.
Each day, the parents listen patiently while Phillip tells them about the latest capers he and Brock have had that day.
One day, Phillip’s parents decide to take the child to the Big Fair. The boy tells his parents that Brock really wants to go on the ride named The Brain Shaker. His father tells Phillip to tell Brock that only big kids get to go on that ride. After riding on the merry-go-round and the Ferris wheel, Phillip falls asleep. His parents carefully carry the child back to the car and head for home.
But Brock isn’t sleepy and wants to go on The Brain Shaker. So he jumps into a seat and goes on the screaming ride. Then Brock realizes that Phillip is gone and rides the Ferris wheel, hoping to spy the boy. Not able to see Phillip, Brock breaks down into tears.
Just then, a young girl named Anne asks Brock if he is okay. She introduces Brock to her imaginary friend, the beautiful Princess Sparkle Dust.
Since Brock is completely lost, Anne asks him to come home with her. Now she has two imaginary friends. But when Phillip gets home and wakes up, he realizes that his family has left Brock behind at the Big Fair. He cries out to his family, “We Forgot Brock!” Phillip now realizes that he must turn his caped adventures into the mission of finding Brock. What does he do?
How does Phillip try to find Brock? Why does Anne so love Princess Sparkle Dust? What begins to happen to the pirate, Brock, when he is in the presence of the enchanting Princess Sparkle Dust? Do Anne and Phillip ever meet? How do they both find true friends?
To find out the answers to these and other questions, go to the library and check out this humorous, lovely story, “We Forgot Brock!” by Carter Goodrich.
At the 2018 Nebraska Library Association meeting, “We Forgot Brock!” was named the winner of the Golden Sower Medal as the most popular picture book in the state of Nebraska. It is a straightforward story of a little boy and little girl innocently living through their imaginations. The swashbuckling Brock and the delicate, beautiful Princess Sparkle Dust represent the way the children see themselves. You can’t help but laugh when you read the funny episodes in this book.
So if you want to have an enjoyable time reading a book to a younger member in your family, this is the ticket. I hope you like the book as much as the children of Nebraska. It is a great read. Enjoy!