5 Star Picture Books Take 2: Pingo and Lost and Found

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Pingo by Brandon Mull and Brandon Dorman (Illustrations)

Age Range: 4 and up

Grade Level: Preschool and up

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Shadow Mountain (August 5, 2009)

Source: Bought

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

What happens when your imaginary friend becomes 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, 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 started tormenting him and causing all kinds of mischief. Can this once inseparable duo ever be friends again? Paired with charming illustrations, Pingo is a delightful read-out-loud picture book for children ages 3 and up.

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My Thoughts:

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.

5 STARS

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Age Range: 3 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Philomel (December 29, 2005)

Source: Bought

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely!

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My Thoughts:

Oliver Jeffers has a knack for delivering a heartfelt story alongside humor and adventure. When a boy finds a penguin on his front step, he decides that it must be lost. He finds the penguin a home, but when he leaves the penguin there, he realizes his mistake.

With his unique illustrations and simple yet expressive storytelling ability, Jeffers gives kids a heartwarming tale of friendship they won’t forget.

5 STARS

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