Pingo

Pingo

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by Brandon Mull
     
 

What happens when your imaginary friend turns into your imaginary enemy?

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

Overview


What happens when your imaginary friend turns into your imaginary enemy?

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?

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606411094
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
08/05/2009
Series:
Pingo , #1
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.32(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Brandon Mull is the New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven series, the Candy Shop War series, and the winner of the Utah State Beehive Award for juvenile fiction. He travels the country visiting schools, promoting literacy, and sharing his message that "Imagination Can Take You Places." He lives with his family in Utah.

Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he studied fine art and illustration. He and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. His work has appeared in children’s books and on numerous covers, including The Candy Shop War and the Fablehaven series. See more of Brandon Dorman's artwork at BrandonDorman.com.

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Pingo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
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!
rharris_chs More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago