PiNGO, by Brandon Mull, is about a boy, Chad, and his imaginary friend, Pingo. Like every boy and his imaginary friend should, they went on wild adventures. Until, one day, Chad decided he was too grown up and said goodbye to his imaginary friend.
"From that day forward, Chad no longer had an imaginary friend. He had an imaginary enemy!"
Despite Chad's best efforts to forget Pingo, Pingo refuses to let go and torments Chad throughout his life. I don't want to spoil the whole short story, so you'll have to find a copy of the book to learn more, but it's worth it for a little chuckle!
K is a little young to grasp the story line but he loves the pictures and this is one of his favorite books. Like I said, I think this book is hilarious. My husband says the voice I give Pingo sounds evil, but what good is reading a book over and over if you can't have a little fun with it? :)
I think this would be a great book for older kids, my best guess would be around age 8, but the story is short enough for young kids to actually sit through the whole thing being read.
The picture above links to the amazon page, but here is the information:
PiNGO, by Brandon Mull
At amazon.com, it costs $12.21, and I have no idea if this book is in libraries because it's a new book.
I try to read to K 20 minutes a day because, not only is it imperative in helping him learn to read, but that time is priceless to me, when he cuddles up next to me and falls in love with a story. Even one short story a night can make such a difference in a child's life!