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We Forgot Brock!

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The importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for Despicable Me, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc.

Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone can see Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock.

A night at the Big Fair is all fun and games until Phillip gets sleepy, heads home,
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A little boy named Phillip enjoys spending time with his imaginary friend named Brock. They play together, eat together, and pretty much do everything together. The strange thing is that nobody else can see Brock, so when they visit the fair, Brock accidentally gets left behind. Follow along in the story to see if Phillip will find Broch and if his parents might make an amazing discovery themselves.

The imag
If you never had a friend that only you could see, you might not understand the seriousness of this story. You might think it's just a cute little tale about a boy and his imaginary friend. But you would be wrong. That's not what this is.
This is a horror story. This is a story about the most terrible thing that can happen. Parents worry about forgetting their children but that's nothing in comparison to unintentionally leaving your very best friend behind on the Brain Scrambler at the fair. You
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Good conclusion. Cute epilogue. Interesting that Dad is so 'buttoned-up' that he wears a necktie even to watch tv or visit the fair. I wish more had been done from the boy's pov in the middle. And I really wish the imaginary friends weren't over-the-top macho and girly stereotypes. If I ever see this theme portrayed better, I'll knock a star off this attempt.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where The Adventures of Beekle tugs at your heartstrings, We Forgot Brock tickles your funny bone. Fun story and lovable illustrations about a boy who leaves his imaginary friend at the fair.
We Forgot Brock! By Carter Goodrich

Alright class, who here has or has had an imaginary friend? (class answers) Tell me about them. (class responds) Imaginary friends can be really fun especially if you don’t have any siblings to play with. When I was little my brother was a lot older than me and so I played alone a lot. Playing alone is not that fun and so I came up with my imaginary friend Samantha and we played dolls and cars and puzzles. Samantha would help me with my homework and keep me com
Rachel Lee
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Opening Move #1

Today we are going to read about a boy's imaginary friend. Do you have an imaginary friend? [children respond]. Altogether I want you to shout out your imaginary friend's name. [children shout name of imaginary friend]. Very nice! Now I want you to think about what your imaginary friend looks like. [turn to page 33 and 34]. Does your imaginary friend look like this? While I’m reading, I want you to think to yourself about what your imaginary friend looks like and how the illustr
Molly Howell
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little boy, Phillip, has an imaginary friend named Brock. Phillip's parents do not see him, but play along. One day, the family goes to a carnival. After a long night of fun, Phillip falls asleep in his parents arms, so they pack him up in the car to go home. Brock doesn't realize Phillip left and goes on another ride. Phillip awakens at home and yells "We Forgot Brock!" Brock realizes he has been forgotten, but another girl on the same ride, Ann, and her imaginary friend, Princess Sparkle Dus ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
1) Has any one here ever lost or misplaced something that they loved very much? {wait for a child to respond} How did that make you feel on the inside? {wait for a child to respond} What do you think would happen if you lost your imaginary friend, that only you could see? Well let’s now read “We Forgot Brock!” and find out the answer to that question.

2) The two openings I used:
- Raise question to spark curiosity
- Foreshadow the problem of the story

3) I chose the first opening because I wanted
Caleb R
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Opening move 1: Prompt brief sharing of personal experiences related to the topic or theme: I would ask the children if they had ever been somewhere with a friend or maybe their parents and they got separated. The children would come up with situations and then I would say, “Well in this book this little boy had a very similar experience to you guys, let’s find out what it was.”
Opening move 2: Draw attention to the setting: I would ask the children “Have you ever been to the fair? Well this litt
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would start off by showing the children the cover. Then I would ask the children, "Do you have an imaginary friend that you like to play with"? I would allow for students to respond. I would tell them "When I was your age, I had an imaginary friend I used to play with to". I would tell them the title of the book. Next I will ask them, "What do you think happened"? I would give the children a chance to respond. They may respond that they forgot their imaginary friend somewhere. Let's see where ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
1. "Today we are going to read "We Forgot Brock!" Raise your hand if you think you know what this book is about and who do you think Brock is." "Has anyone ever forgot something when they went to the grocery store or to the park? Maybe a favorite toy or blanket? How did that make you feel?"

2. Prompt Predicitons based on the title & Foreshadow the problem of the story

3. I chose these two opening move choices because hearing the students predictions will keep the other students engaged and interes
We Forgot Brock! By Carter Goodrich (The Nebraska Golden Sower Award Winner 18-19)

Teacher: Today we will be reading a new book called, We Forgot Brock! Open the book to pages 2, 4. What do you notice about the pictures?

Possible Responses: Brock looks different from everyone.

Teacher: How does he look different?

Possible Responses: The others have more colors than him. He’s black and white.

Teacher: Why do you think the author/illustrator chose to do that? Why do you think on page 2 it shows the
Brian Duffy
Do you have an imaginary friend? [response] This is about an imaginary friend named Brock. The book's title is "We forgot about Brock!" What do you think will happen to Brock? [response] Let's find out.

- Invite personal connections
- Prompt predictions based on the title

I wanted to allow the children to know that their peers might also have imaginary friends. That way they can potentially bond over that commonality.
Amelia Martinez
Have you ever had an imaginary friend? What was your imaginary friend name? Have you ever lost your imaginary friend? Let's find out what happens when Phillip loses Brock?

Today we are going to read the book "We Forgot Brock!" by Carter Goodrich. I will start off by asking the question "Have you ever had an imaginary friend?". I will listen to the student's responses and then move on to the new question. "What was your imaginary friend name?" I will listen to the student's answers to the questio
Ashley Goyco
Opening Moves Script

Me: "Before I read We Forgot Brock by Carter Goodrich, what do you notice about the character Brock after looking at the cover? He doesn't look like the little boy standing next to him, does he?"

Boy: "He's drawn!"

Me: "He looks does look drawn. What do you think that means? Is Brock real? or is he a fake person?"

Children: "Fake!"

Me: "He might be fake. We'll have to read to find out."

[Flips book over to show the back image of Brock on a lost poster]

Me: "It looks like Brock mig
Kelli Houdesheldt
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: state-awards
Imaginary, what does that word mean? (clarify and discuss with students) Have you ever had an imaginary friend? (let students share) This book, “We Forgot Brock,” is about a little boy named Phillip who’s best buddy is Brock. Phillips parents think that Brock is imaginary but Phillip doesn’t mind because they still let Brock ‘be’ with their family all the time. Phillips family goes to the big fair to have some fun but something bad happens! Let’s read to find out if the problem gets solved!

In th
David LaDay
“We Forgot Brock”
Boys and girls, as we sit in our meeting area, can you think for a second about if you had an imaginary friend when you were younger, or right now? As you get settled, turn to your elbow partner on the right and share the name of your imaginary friend. If you did not have one, then simply listen to your partner share. (Give the kids a few minutes to share, then bring their attention back to me.)
Today I am going to read a story about a boy who lost his imaginary friend.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: state-award
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Ivy Armitage
Read aloud script:
"What does it mean if I say something is imaginary? (children respond) "So what do I mean if I ask you to use your imagination?" (children respond) *clarify as needed* Read the first page and focus on the illustration. "How are the two characters drawn differently? (children respond) The illustrator is showing us that one character is real and the other is imaginary. We Forgot Brock is a story about a boy named Philip and his imaginary friend Brock." Once I turn the page 11 ti
Matthew Hoffart
1) Share a personal connection with text: "Did you know when I was about your age, I had a friend named David? David and I did everything together! We went to the playground together. We played in the sandbox together. We looked at books together. David even stayed over at my house every night. There was just one mom and dad couldn't see David and didn't think he was real." (Go on and play out the situation more) "Our book 'We Forgot Brock' is about a boy named Phillip who has frien ...more
Megan Orchard
Boys and girls, when I was little, I think about first or second grade, I had an imaginary friend. My imaginary friend and I did everything together; we went to school, and played in my back yard. When I moved, I left my imaginary friend behind, and that was a sad, sad day. "Phillip's parents say that Brock is imaginary, whatever that means. Phillip and Brock are best friends. They do everything together. Until one day when Brock is left behind at the Big Fair. Now it's time for an imaginary fri ...more
Julie Baker
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: state-awards
Did you ever have an imaginary friend when you were younger or may even now? Imaginative play is something the most fun because almost anything can happen. Can you make any predictions about Brock? Raise your hand if you think it’s the boy. Raise your hand if you think it’s the imaginary friend? What is something you have lost? Did your parent take you back to go and retrieve it? My daughter left her coat in the monkey building at the zoo and we had to go back and get it. I asked her if she thou ...more
Lauren Marshall
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book we are going to read today is We Forgot Brock! Who do you think Brock is? Do you think Brock is going to be left behind? We are going to learn about a certain friend only a little boy named, Phillip can see and how strong their friendship is. Have any of you had a friend only you can see? Let’s see what happens to Phillip and Brock.

2018 Picture Book Winner-Golden Sower
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about a little boy and his imaginary friend. It perfectly captures the feelings of love and loss when they are parted. This is a Red Clover Book Award nominee and I have read it to all of my library classes, grades K - 4. Every class has enjoyed it and I have enjoyed their looks of surprise at the very last illustration (mom finds Brock's hat). They came up with great reasons for that. I'd definitely recommend this book to elementary kids.
Jillian Heise
Cute take on the imaginary friend story with delightful illustrations. Pair with Adventures of Beekle & Marilyn's Monster. ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Goodrich's books; they are so solid, so funny, so good at taking a topic that kids can relate to and dealing with it in a creative way.
Scott Robins
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Perfectly captures the imagination and the level of detail that kids put into their fantasy creations and is a delightful story about the power of creating stories.
Lauren Waters
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Many parents and kids will be able to relate to this simple, but fun story of the power of friendship even when it is imaginary.
Laura McLoughlin
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Poor Brock and Phillip! Glad everything worked out in the end. Loved the illustrations.
Joe Bertelloni
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Picture book, Fiction

Copyright Date: 2015

Estimate of age level of interest: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Estimate of reading level: 1st grade - 2nd grade

Brief description:
Phillip and Brock are best friends, but Phillips parents insist that Brock is imaginary. When Phillip and Brock go to the Big Fair, Phillip falls asleep and his parents take him home while Brock rides one last ride. When Phillip wakes up he realizes that Brock is not there an
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Carter Goodrich has illustrated sixteen New Yorker covers and was the lead character designer for Despicable Me. He has designed characters for many other beloved animated films, including Brave, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc, Open Season, and Ratatouille, for which he won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for character design. A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, he has twi ...more

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