Pingo and the Playground Bully by Brandon Mull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Source: Received from Publisher to review
Book Description from Amazon: In first grade, Chad and his imaginary friend, Pingo, meet other kids and their imaginary friends: Gary protects the galaxy with Sparky the robot; Tiffany helps save the day with Awesome Girl; and Dustin can hide Mr. Bob in his pocket. One recess, after defeating a clan of lava monsters, Chad and his friends decide to have a contest to see which imaginary friend is the smartest or the strongest or the sneakiest. However, when Jeremy, the schoolyard bully, and his imaginary friend, Grunt, decide to prove that they re the best, Pingo saves the day by befriending Jeremy and Grunt and inviting them on an adventure down the Amazon River. We re all good at different things, and that makes friendship fun. Let s go play! A delightful, full-color picture book about the power of kindness and the importance of including others.
My thoughts: Chad has a wonderful imaginary friend named Pingo. In fact all of Chad's friends have an imaginary friend and together they have wonderful adventures.
Unfortunately, the playground bully also has an imaginary friend and they terrorize the others. When faced with an unfriendly situation, Pingo saves the day!
This book is well illustrated and full of imagination. I love that it deals with the problem of bullying. This book shows a non-confrontational way of dealing with the bully and would be a great opening to talking to younger children about what they can do when facing a bully.