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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,030 ratings  ·  169 reviews
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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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
Read it while I was in line at Costco. Cute children's book about imaginary (or not so imaginary) friends. Great illustrations!
Cami Putnam
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
A fun read by Brandon Mull (author of the Fablehaven books).
Dena (Batch of Books)
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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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
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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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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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
Kaylyn Bud
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
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.
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.
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
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
This is the best non-horrific-young-adult picture book ever written. So of course it was Brandon Mull that wrote it.
James Harward
It is a fun book for my kids. I was able to Brandon to sign it for me when I men him at a writing conference.
Diana Hanke
Brandon Mull's first picture book, Pingo follows the adventures of Chad and his imaginary friend. As Chad matures, he finds that he is teased for having an imaginary friend with him. One day Chad tells Pingo to leave. He explains that he is too old for an imaginary friend. While Chad's attention turns to girls and later work, Pingo becomes an imaginary enemy. Eventually Chad grows old and returns to acknowledge his old friend. A fun book that many kids will be drawn to because of Fablehaven and ...more
Steffen Minner
Love the idea that the imaginary friend lives a life past childhood!
Super sad ending!
Ariel Cummins
A sweet book about imagination and growing up. Although I really liked the concept of the book, and I thought that overall, the writing was strong, the story as a whole felt rushed. Some pages had only a few words on them, while others had several paragraphs. Some kids might be confused by the rather quick transition from a character who is a lot like them to an adult in the work world.

The art on this book is a definite strong point. It's bright, colorful, and full of stuff to look at and disco
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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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