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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 s
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 5th 2009 by Shadow Mountain
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Jan 18, 2010 Beckee rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings for this book. I grew up with Hispanic parents so the word, "Pingo" was very common in our household. In fact, my sons nickname is pingo. The word Pingo means a little kid (usually boy) who gets into everything! Like a little tornado that roams the house. It is a very cute expression. I just about jump out of my seat when I saw this book. I thought, "I have to get it!" Which I did. The illustrations are very adorable and are well done. The story is a very cute book. However ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Hillary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-355
This became an instant favorite! It shows that you always need friends, and it might be fun for kids that are feeling guilty about letting go of their imaginary friends, because they can always be friends again someday! I think the most hilarious part was seeing Pingo and his "boy" reunited again . . . in the nursing home!
Very clever, lots of fun, kids will love it!
Aug 07, 2014 Mckinley rated it did not like it
There are better books about imaginary friends. This seems half-heartedly done.

See: Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward, Ted by Tony DiTerlizzi, Dream Friends by You Byun, When the Sun Rose by Barbara Helen Berger, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat, Jessica by Kevin Henkes, Dotty by Erica S. Perl, No Fits, Nilson! by Zachariah OHora, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore, Nobody by Liz
Jul 22, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Pingo is the very imaginative and imaginary friend of a young boy named Chad. When Chad gets tired of being teased about Pingo and tries to conform to the world where imaginary friends are ignored, and the real trouble begins. As Chad ages, Pingo's antics don't let up and eventually the two friends reunite for the adventures of a lifetime. A small press gem, best for ages 2 & up.
Jun 09, 2009 Cheri rated it it was amazing
I adore Pingo! Brandon Mull has such an awesome and sometimes zany imagination, it's no wonder he came up with the idea of an imaginary friend becoming one's imaginary enemy.
Imagine if the one "person" who knew you best turned on you!
And I love the end, but I'm not going to give anything away.
Aug 22, 2009 Ang rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I loved the illustrations in this book. The artist is very talented at interpreting the story with humor and imagination. I am not so sure about the story. I would have to give the story 2 stars and the illustrations 4 stars. So to average it out I'll give it three stars.
Aug 07, 2014 Peanut rated it really liked it
MOMMY: I seriously loved this book and gave it 5 stars. It's the story of a boy and his imaginary friend Pingo. They do lots of fun things together which are all adorably illustrated. The boy grows up and decides that he doesn't want an imaginary friend anymore.
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Rachel Jessen
Nov 22, 2009 Rachel Jessen rated it it was amazing
Margaret gave this book 5, but I would have given it 3. I think it has great potential, but it was more like an outline of what might have been.
But what do I know?
Aug 18, 2009 Cassie rated it really liked it
Read it while I was in line at Costco. Cute children's book about imaginary (or not so imaginary) friends. Great illustrations!
Cami Putnam
Jan 15, 2015 Cami Putnam rated it it was amazing
This book was given to us by a good friend and neighbor for Christmas.

Being Christmas time I had tons going on and didn't actually sit down to read it with my kids until yesterday. (they of course had already read it several times) I thought it a delightful book! We already love Brandon Mull and my kids thought it was funny to see paraphernalia of his books illustrated throughout the pictures like Fablehaven and Candy Shop Wars.

Its about a boy and all of his adventures with his imaginary frien
Jul 31, 2009 Brook rated it really liked it
A fun read by Brandon Mull (author of the Fablehaven books).
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May 09, 2014 Dena (Batch of Books) rated it it was amazing
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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Oct 18, 2015 Josiah rated it liked it
After hearing so much about Brandon Mull's prodigious way with words, I was intrigued at the thought of reading this book. Having not yet read any of Brandon Mull's popular novels, Pingo was to be my first experience with his writing, and I looked forward to finding out what I'd been missing. As it turns out, everything good I've heard about Brandon Mull seems to be true. In the picture book medium, one so hard for an author to get a handle on especially when such short sections of text are use ...more
May 11, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-wishlist
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Description from Deseret "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, br
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Mar 22, 2013 American Mensa rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The book was about a boy and his imaginary friend Pingo. They had a lot of fun and fought ninjas together in the boy's dreams. One day, when the boy was growing up, he said that he had grown up and that Pingo was not his friend any more. He thought Pingo would go away. But then Pingo became his enemy and things that used to be fun now became scary -- like floating in zero gravity was no fun outside. Pingo even poured syrup and peanut butter into the boy's backpack. Pirates came into the boy's ro ...more
Karly Winters
Jul 01, 2015 Karly Winters rated it it was amazing
This is a great children's book for kids dealing with imaginary friends. The pictures are rich in colors as well as details which will keep kids attention as they read. They will be able to enjoy the little Pingo who torments Chad throughout the years, and in the end, (view spoiler) This teaches kids that not only are imaginary friends not real, but also that they are okay to have. There aren't too many words on the pa ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Kelsie rated it it was amazing
This book is very cute. i love how even though he no longer wanted to have an imaginary friend, Pingo did not give up on him. After the years went by Pingo stayed by his side. I loved how in the end, even though he was an old man by this time he gave in and participated in the adventures with PIngo. Such cute book. i would recommend to anyone.
Feb 28, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Pingo is Chad’s best friend and closest companion for many year. Pingo is a friendly little combination of a dwarfish, goblin that is covered in fur and wears pock-a-doted boxers. Pingo is always there and loves being Chad’s imaginary friend. They are always involved in a fantastic adventure. As time passes Chad grows and starts getting teases for having an imaginary friend. He starts to ignore Pingo, and turns him away. It becomes very difficult for Pingo as his friend grows and eventually no l ...more
Heydi Smith
Aug 05, 2014 Heydi Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-storytime
A fantastic book, so sad, and so joyous all at once. The truth behind imaginary friends. Keep them close or they may become your imaginary enemies.

Love this book.

Would use for story times on friendship or imagination.
Ms Threlkeld
Dec 28, 2014 Ms Threlkeld rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The illustrations really elevate this simple story about a boy and his imaginary friend.I never had an imaginary friend, so it was difficult for me to connect to the story, but I enjoyed the rich and detailed pictures.
Mar 21, 2016 Lkking rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
PICTURE BOOK Excellent story about a life journey with an imaginary friend who becomes an imaginary enemy who becomes a friend again in old age. Simple text, beautiful illustrations with expression.
Rikke Jespersen
I adore Pingo and the illustrations in general are wonderful! As a childrens book with very little text I find the story very cute, and the message behind it great.... I like the fact that some people's imagination doesn't stop or disapear just because we grow older. We just learn to ignore it.. The story made me remember a conversation I had years ago with a friend and his lack of imagination. He dared me to 'imagine stuff out of thin air' as he called it, and *poof* so I began to describe smal ...more
Kaylyn Bud
Mar 24, 2015 Kaylyn Bud rated it it was amazing
Adorable book that encourages kids imagination. It's a funny book that'll make kids laugh at the things Pingo does to his friend. This is a must have if your a teacher of young kids.
Mary Meldrum
Mar 09, 2014 Mary Meldrum rated it really liked it
Shelves: march
A very fun story about a boy and his imaginary friend. Even though Chad thought he had out grown his imaginary friend and found out he still needed him Great illustrations. Good read.
Aug 10, 2015 Aylea rated it really liked it
As my friend said: "this book is about the decline of one man's mind" and "he's gone senile". But all in all, it's a charming book with beautiful pictures.
Dec 04, 2009 Jackie rated it it was amazing
How can you not love this adorable, pixie-faced imaginary friend named Pingo? Pingo and Chad do all sorts of fun things together...brew magical potions, fight off ninja armies, and ride their bicycle. But, one day, Chad decides that he is too old for an imaginary friend. So, Pingo has no choice...he becomes Chad's imaginary enemy. As the years go on, Pingo hangs in there until Chad is very old and accepts Pingo back into his life. The fun and joy starts all over again!

The striking, bold illustra
Amanda Standley
Jul 05, 2011 Amanda Standley rated it it was amazing
When my daughter & I go to the library we have formed some what of a system. She quietly plays in the play area while I run & grab my books on hold & help my son get set up to search for his books. Then I sit in the childrens section with her while she randomly picks 10 books. This system is fun & has really introduced us to some great books. This book however has been our true gem. Everyone in our house enjoyed this book. I don't normally use good reads for picture books. This b ...more
Jul 05, 2016 Garren rated it it was ok
Imaginary friend story that turns sad when it becomes about old people reverting to childhood, even though it's not supposed to be sad.
Feb 04, 2015 Joseph rated it it was amazing
This is the best non-horrific-young-adult picture book ever written. So of course it was Brandon Mull that wrote it.
Jan 15, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
The best parts of this book are all of the fun scenes of Chad adventuring with his imaginary friend, Pingo.
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Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy S ...more
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