Pingo

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What happens when your imaginary friend becomes your imaginary enemy?

New York Times bestselling author Brandon Mull and No.1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Brandon Dorman team up in this new children's picture book that explores the meaning of friendship and imagination.

Like many kids his age, ...
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Overview

What happens when your imaginary friend becomes your imaginary enemy?

New York Times bestselling author Brandon Mull and No.1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Brandon Dorman team up in this new children's picture book that explores the meaning of friendship and imagination.

Like many kids his age, Chad has an imaginary friend. His friend was Pingo. The two would fight ninjas, brew magical potions, and float in zero gravity. Each day was a fun-filled adventure, until Chad decided he was too old to have an imaginary friend.

But Pingo wasn't ready to leave Chad alone, and started tormenting him and causing all kinds of mischief. Can this once inseparable duo ever be friends again?

Paired with charming illustrations, Pingo is a delightful read-out-loud picture book for children ages 3 and up.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mull's (the Fablehaven series) mischievous story introduces a boy named Chad with a furry, goblinlike imaginary friend, Pingo, who sports polka-dotted boxers and a striped scarf. For a time, Pingo and Chad happily battle ninjas and concoct magical potions, but in adolescence Chad decides it's time to leave his pal behind, claiming, “If I stop believing in you, you'll disappear!” Not so. Undaunted, Pingo becomes Chad's “imaginary enemy,” leading nighttime “pirate raids” and filling his backpack with maple syrup and peanut butter while the teen flirts with a girl. As a lonely elderly man, Chad relents and tells a delighted Pingo that he wants to be friends again, leading to another round of adventures (the final illustration, which echoes the book's first, shows the duo playing in a tent fashioned from a blanket as a doctor pushes a wheelchair past Chad's room). The message about hanging onto the magic of childhood comes through clearly (indeed, Pingo even bears a strong resemblance to Chad), and Dorman's brassy, exaggerated cartoon art should have kids giggling over Pingo's antics. Ages 3–up. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—An imaginary friend becomes a spiteful foe when a child's attention wavers. At first Chad and his buddy Pingo fight against ninja armies and create magical potions, but the child eventually outgrows his rambunctious cohort when his classmates ridicule him for playing with an invisible friend. As Chad matures into adulthood, he becomes more interested in girls than in his confidant. Mischievous Pingo retaliates by leading pirate attacks in the middle of the night, filling Chad's backpack with a sticky maple syrup and peanut butter concoction, and eating his work reports. Years later, confined to a rest home, solitary Chad reunites with his rowdy companion, and the duo continues their rollicking adventures. Pingo's gremlinlike appearance enhances his elfish antics; his oversize ears, furry body, and long tail provide humor throughout. Colorful mixed-media spreads effectively use shadow and perspective to maintain the tale's energetic focus. The result is an interesting look into the everlasting world of the imagination.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606411094
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/5/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 696,452
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Brandon Mull
Brandon Mull
Brandon Mull published his first book Fablehaven in the summer of 2006. His publisher, Shadow Mountain, rejected a manuscript he submitted in 2005 that was geared towards adults. But the editors liked his writing style and asked him to try and create a story for a younger audience. He already had the idea for Fablehaven and wrote the book during the next five months on nights and weekends while still working his day job writing marketing copy for a movie company.
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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    This is a story about friendship. Chad and his imaginary friend,

    This is a story about friendship. Chad and his imaginary friend, Pingo, have wonderful adventures together until Chad starts getting teased. Brandon Mull (Fablehaven, The Beyonders, The Five Kingdoms) teams up with illustrator Brandon Dorman (Pirates of the Sea!, and oodles of book covers & illustrations) to deliver this timeless tale of true friendship and imagination. This is a wonderful book for any kid that has ever had an imaginary friend.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    Whose your imaginary friend?

    When you were younger, did you ever have an imaginary friend? Like many other kids his age, Chad has one named Pingo. They fight ninjas, brew magical potions, and float in zero gravity. But as Chad grows older, his "real" friends begin to tease him about having an imaginary friend, and one day Chad decides that he is too old for Pingo. From that day forward, Chad no longer has an imaginary friend. He has an imaginary enemy! What will Pingo do as Chad becomes a teenager, an adult, and finally an old man? And what will Chad do? Brandon Mull is also the author of the New York Times bestselling "Fablehaven" series. Brandon Dorman is also the illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller The Wizard. Together, they have produced a touching story that children will think is great fun and adults will find a little bit nostalgic. I certainly agree with the observation on the inside jacket flap that "Pingo is a delightful read-a-loud picture book about the importance of imagination and friendship." Kids may laugh at the antics of Pingo and Chad, but at the end those of us who are a little older may have to wipe a slight tear out of our eyes. A great children's book!

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    Awesome!!

    Just received my copy of PINGO and have to give it nothing less then 5 stars. This wonderful picture book has it all. A clever twist on imaginary friends and fantastic illustrations. Every home with children should have this book. My Children love the way "Pingo" rolls off their tongue.

    A true success for Brandon Mull and Brandon Dorman!

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