I would be lying if I said I didn’t judge books by the covers. Much as I might try and look past the cover, sometimes it can make or break my decision to read a book. This books cover grabbed and held onto my attention until finally I took it down from the new book shelf.
Pingo is a cute book that seems to have perfectly paired author and illustrator. The whimsical and quirky story about an imaginary friend “On rainy days, they defended forts from ninja armies” teams with a fantastically imaginative picture of a ninja hoard attacking two samurai clad friends defending a couch fort. The illustrations have soft lines and beautiful bold colors. They are easily seen from a distance and would do well in a storytime setting, but with the many extra details included would also work well in a lap sit situation.
The story follows the sometimes natural progression of friendship as Chad and Pingo grow antagonistic towards each other, grow apart, and finally reconnect. While the story will perhaps resonate most deeply with those of us who are a little older it still will find a large audience with the younger set.
• Storytime OR lap sit
• Could sing P-I-N-G-O (instead of BINGO)
Check the WRL catalog for Pingo.