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What happens when your imaginary friend turns into 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.
“Pingo teaches children that imagination has no limits and no age. Brandon Mull and Brandon Dorman have created a lovable, mischievous, and memorable character. Move over, Tigger, make some room, Hobbes — Pingo is coming and bursting with imagination!” — Chris Schoebinger, Product Director, Shadow Mountain
- Pages: 32
- Published: 2009
- Size: 9" x 11"
About the Authors
Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series, travels the country visiting schools, promoting literacy, and sharing his message that “Imagination Can Take You Places.” Brandon has enjoyed arcade games since his childhood, when he fed quarters to Gauntlet at the local mall. Around that same time he won a gold medal at a pudding-eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house. His long-standing love affair with sweets continues to this day.
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 Pingo, The Candy Shop War, and the Fablehaven series. See more of Brandon Dorman’s artwork at BrandonDorman.com
by DeAnn - reviewed on July 27, 2009
I love this book. Having had an imaginary friend as a child myself, I found this so fun to read. Maybe I need to get back in contact with my "old friend". The illustrations are fantastic and this would be fun to read with small children - they will love it as much as you do.
by Customer - reviewed on November 29, 2011
I had to buy this book because of Brandon Mull's other books. It's just not worth it.
by Chad - reviewed on August 11, 2009
I love the illustrations in this book! They are so fun to look at and they picture the story just like you'd imagine it, except way better. My kids love to have me read this book to them. They love the maple syrup part!
by Carol - reviewed on August 15, 2009
My children and I love the story of Pingo! The artwork is all it should be for such a tale!
Wonderful illustrations but not much of a story!
by Customer - reviewed on September 01, 2009
We were extremely disappointed in this book. The illustrations are very well done, but the story is weak! A surprise considering how much we enjoyed other works by Brandon Mull!
Bingo for Pingo
by B - reviewed on July 28, 2009
Every now and again there is a magical book that is fun for adults as well as children! This book is it. It has a simliar charm that "A Bad Case of Stripes" has. The writing and illustration is hand in hand every page (Props to Dorman who's illustrations create a slight chuckle). Pingo is one that children will enjoy reading, as well as being read to. I am thinking this is the Christmas gift for this year!
Lovely illustrations, sweet story
by Barbara - reviewed on September 25, 2009
We are big fans of the Fablehaven series and Candy Shop Wars. This seems to be a new venture for the author - it is not a novel, but a lovely picture book, with a simple yet meaningful storyline, and very colorful, eye-catching illustrations. My children loved the pictures, and finding some of the author's other books hidden in the scenes. I'm with the other reviewer - I think this is this year's Christmas gift!
by Anthony - reviewed on September 17, 2010
Brandon Dorman shines in this wonderfully illustrated book by the author of Fablehaven. The story is also a priceless tale and one that I think every little child shares. Recommended for young children ages 2-10, this book is sure to become a classic in the home. It is full of imagination and charm.
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