Dependable, Preschool, Primary, Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman, Bullying, Imaginary Friends, Early Childhood, Friendship
Chad and his imaginary friend, Pingo, are enjoying recess with Chad’s classmates and their respective imaginary friends. Their fun Games turn quickly into taunting and competition as the children argue which of their imaginary friends is the smartest, sneakiest, coolest, and so forth. Jeremy, the playground bully, and his imaginary friend, Grunt, become upset that they weren’t invited to participate in the games. Pingo is disappointed with the rivalry and wants a better way to play where everyone can be included. The children deem Pingo the best for his efforts to make friends and he closes with the iconic statement: “Nobody is the best. We’re all good at different things. And that makes friendship fun. Let’s go play!”
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Pingo and the Playground Bully,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 38:
11, Article 19.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol38/iss11/19