Thursday, October 18, 2012

PINGO and the Playground Bully--Children's Book Review

This is Pingo.

Isn't he cute?!?! 

He is obviously, part-human, part-animal.  He is also the star of Brandon Mull's new book, Pingo and the Playground Bully, published by Shadow Mountain.

This story is all about the everyday happenings on a school playground. Brandon Dorman, the illustrator, brings the story to life with his colorful and imaginative interpretations of Brandon Mull's lively characters.  The story has everything...fictional animals, a dinosaur, a robot, and even a super hero.

Pingo is the imaginary friend of Chad, a second grade boy.  The two often spend recess playing with the other second-graders and their imaginary friends.  Unfortunately, they all had to learn to avoid Jeremy and his imaginary friend Grunt, the class bullies.

Eventually, Pingo steps forward and invites the bullies to join in on their fun.  In the end, Pingo saves the day--Jeremy and Grunt are now part of the gang.  Sometimes all we have to do is push our fears aside and speak up to change our situation.  What a great life lesson!

Bullying is getting a lot of attention lately, thanks to kids who are taking a chance and speaking up to try and change things.  It's never too early to education children about the dangers of bullying.  This book is aimed at young elementary children.

My little one really enjoyed this book.  The characters and beautiful artwork grabbed both of us, sucking us in until the very end.  I plan to take my copy of Pingo to my little one's school librarian.  It will be a great way to introduce the younger children to bullying.

You can purchase this book (and many other great books) published by Shadow Mountain Publishers.  Click here to visit their website's product pages.

*Shadow Mountain supplied a copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.  Thoughts and ideas expressed above are my own.  (L.S.-Oct 2012)

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