Ping and Pong are Best Friends (mostly) by Tim Hopgood

Ping and Pong are Best Friends (mostly)

Written by Tim Hopgood
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The importance of friendship is movingly captured in this touching story told with absolute simplicity. Penguin best friends, Ping and Pong, love doing the same things. But, whatever Ping can do, Pong seems able to do it better. Ping sulks and decides to do nothing! Can Pong manage without Ping? Soon the two friends discover it doesn’t matter who is best; they just want to do everything together. With almost no text, the story unfolds through the appealing illustrations.


Ping and Pong are Best Friends (mostly) by Tim Hopgood

Ping and Pong are a pair of penguins who love to do new things. But whatever Ping tries to do, Pong can do it better - Ping can squeak in French, Pong can squeak in nine different languages, Ping can catch a fish, Pong can catch a shark...Is there anything Ping can do best? Yes, he can be a BEST friend.

Bursting with bright and bold artwork and amusing text this book, featuring two endearing penguins, is guaranteed to appeal to all children. Written and illustrated by the award-winning Tim Hopgood of Thank You for Looking After Our Pets.


Praise for Thank You For Looking After Our Pets:

“Colourful, funny and entertaining…a charming, quickbedtime read.” Mother and Baby Magazine

“Bright, bold illustrations are very eye-catching and will appeal to children’s sense of fun.” Parents in Touch

“A delightful and original take on picture books…A clever giggle.” Junior Magazine

About the Author

Tim Hopgood

Tim Hopgood lives with his wife, children and cats in North Yorkshire. He is a graduate of Kingston University and worked for twenty years in graphic design and freelance illustration. Tim’s first book, Our Big Blue Sofa, was published by Macmillan in 2006 and he has gone on to publish a number of successful picture books including Tip Tap went the Crab and WOW said the Owl.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Bubbling with energy, prize winning Tim Hopgood’s illustrations are also full of warmth. The enchanting owl, waking up as night falls, gives a beautiful introduction to colours in Wow! Said the Owl while a chirpy crab with very big eyes tip taps as it counts its way around the seashore in Tip Tap went the Crab. A Dog Called Rod is a wonderful fantasy about owning a dog even though dad says dogs are noisy, messy and expensive! Full of life as the pages shimmer, Here Comes Frankie is also full of noise as Frankie’s life is transformed when he starts to play the trumpet. There’s lots of noise and energy too as the gloriously strokable sofa takes off on an unusual adventure in Our Big Blue Sofa.

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32 pages


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Publication date

28th March 2013




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