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Pingo by Brandon Mull


by Brandon Mull

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Pingo is a wonderfully fun picture book. The illustrations are vibrant and inviting to the eye, very dynamic. I wanted to spend time just looking at the pictures before moving on. When I read the story I immediately thought about children reading it who might wonder if that's what will happen to their "imaginary" friend. There is great vocabulary to use for instruction in this story for grades k-2. Using this book with a lesson about imagination and creativity would also be fun.
  stacey.abrahamson | Jan 16, 2015 |
This story is a fun twist on every child's imaginary friend, and the sometimes growin pains that come from "becoming too old" for certain things. It's a very creative book, and could help kids realize that its ok to still have those imaginary friends! ( )
  mariah21 | Apr 1, 2014 |
I really enjoyed the book, “Pingo” for one main reason, which is the heartwarming storyline. The story is about a little boy named Chad and his imaginary friend Pingo who go on many adventures together. As the little boy gets older he is teased for having an imaginary friend and decides to stop believing in Pingo. Pingo then becomes Chad’s imaginary enemy, sabotaging Chad until he is a very old man. At the end of the book Chad cannot find his dentures and finally acknowledges Pingo saying, “All right, I give up. I’m too old and tired for your mischief. Plus, it’s lonely here and I’ve missed the fun we used to have. Let’s be friends again.” Pingo replies to Chad by saying, “That’s all I ever wanted to hear.” The book ends by Pingo and Chad resuming their adventures together and living “happily ever after.” I loved this storyline because it contains such an excellent central message. I believe that “Pingo” encourages children to not give up their childhood when they are still young. I also think it tells kids that it’s okay to be kids and have childish interests and desires and to not grow up too fast. I believe this is a very, very important message for all people because nowadays everyone acts too old for their age! I think it’s important to remind people that even when they are adults it’s still okay to act like a kid sometimes. ( )
  MaryBethLingner | Oct 14, 2013 |
Very cute. I especially liked the shout outs to Brandon Mull's other works in the illustrations. ( )
  Katya0133 | Apr 22, 2010 |
This book tells the story of Chad and Pingo. Pingo is Chad's imaginary friend, but one day Chad decides he is too old for an imaginary friend and he is tired of being teased so he tells Pingo to leave. Pingo does not like this so he becomes Chad's imaginary enemy instead. Until Chad is an old man in a home, Pingo continues to pul pranks on Chad like hiding papers and stealing his dentures. Eventually Chad decides he is too old to put up with Pingo, and he is lonely, so he says they should be friends again. They are friends until the day he dies.

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  kpalmer07 | Nov 22, 2009 |
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An interesting look into the everlasting world of the imagination.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Meg Smith (Jan 1, 2010)
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.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Aug 17, 2009)
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What happens when your imaginary friend becomes your imaginary enemy?
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Teased by his friends for having an imaginary playmate, Chad tries to bid Pingo farewell but Pingo refuses to leave.

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