[Reading] ➶ Pobby and Dingan ➽ Ben Rice – Motyourdrive.co.uk



10 thoughts on “ Pobby and Dingan

  1. says:

    In the opal mining region of Australia, little Kellyanne lives with her dad, her big brother Ashmol, and her imaginary friends, Pobby and Dingan Ashmol is constantly teasing his little sister about how Pobby and Dingan aren t real and telling her to grow up He is convinced that his sister is just being a baby who refuses to grow out of her imaginary friend stage However one day, when Ashmol and Kellyanne s father is suspected of a crime that he didn t commit, and Pobby and Dingan go missing, Ashmol has no choice but to learn to believe in his sister s invisible friends so he can find them before Kellyanne wastes away from grief and clear his father s name.This is one of the saddest, sweetest, most heartbreaking books I have ever read As a child, I didn t have imaginary friends Kellyanne s relationship with Pobby and Dingan made me really wish that I had This girl is just the cutest thing She has these adorable conversations with them and plays games with them She constantly tries to convince Ashmol to join her, but he always brushes her off and makes fun of her He cannot understand how his sister is so convinced that Pobby and Dingan are real, and at first I wasn t convinced that they were real either But when the two imaginary friends disappear, little Kellyanne is devastated and falls ill Her condition gets progressively worse each day that they remain missing By this point, Ashmol will do anything to save his sister even believe in what he can t see As Ashmol slowly realizes that Pobby and Dingan are real because Kellyanne believes that they are, so did I By the end of the novella, I wholeheartedly believed in Pobby and Dingan I have to warn you, the ending is not a particularly happy one It left me dangerously close to tears But I have absolutely no regrets Seeing Ashmol begin to believe reminded me of Peter Pan The mantra that I kept hearing in my head was I do believe in imaginary friends, I do, I do I loved seeing him become less cynical and open minded, and was reminded of the wise words of one of my favorite wizards Of course it is happening inside your headbut why on earth should that mean that it is not real My three year old brother has an imaginary friend he calls Michael, and, needless to say, I will never again belittle his friendship with him All in all, this was a beautiful gem of a book, and I recommend it to absolutely everyone.


  2. says:

    When was the last time that you read a book in a single evening and kept thinking about the characters for weeks afterwards


  3. says:

    Came across this book on a list, I think it was on Kirkus, detailing the small books one should not miss I loved this little story, about a 8 yr old girl who lives with her family in New South Wales, Australia Her father was digging for opals and the little girl had two imaginary friends called Pobby and Dingan Reminded me of the saying that if a tree falls and no one is near does it still make a sound If not everyone can see the imaginary friends does this mean they do not exist This is a story of a town that pulled together to help save a little girl It is also about what being family means, not just someone saying brother or sister, but going above and beyond, even if it means suspending one s belief As her brother says, Because they are all just fruit loops who don t know what it is to believe in something which is hard to see, or to keep looking for something which is totally hard to find Wonderful little story.


  4. says:

    What an utterly delightful little book I had an imaginary friend as a child His name was Rudi and he was my husband I was 3 He only showed up when I was in the bathtub My brothers used to tease me.Now I have an imaginary friend I m 53 Her name is Ruthe or bumma She s my mom and she s still teaching me how to live a good life.


  5. says:

    Dear Friends Please read this book I found this on a list of The Top Ten Books You Should Read that You Have Likely Never Heard Of not sure if that is the exact name and thought that the premise sounded interesting And, all I can say is that these 98 pages packed a very big punch As I finished the last few paragraphs, I was crying my eyes out And when it was over, all I wanted to do is start again I promise, and agree, that this is not one to miss Russell


  6. says:

    This book was recommended by a friend I had never heard of this book and decided to go ahead and read it What I found was a heartbreaking story of a brother and sister Of a town in search of the brilliant opals Of imagination and believing in the unseen Bringing the town together in a belief of a young girl And a brother fighting for his sister s life by finally believing in her imaginary friends The ending brought me to tears and I will never forget Kellyanne, Ashmol, Pobby and Dingan.


  7. says:

    This was novella than novel, and really a long short story than a novella But it was a VERY good long short story, and it reminded me and at least one other reviewer a lot of a Down Under To Kill A Mockingbird, with both Scout and Jem characters although in reversed roles , and a dissolute Atticus it even ends with a trial From the very first line Kellyanne opened the car door and crawled into my bedroom Rice really conveys the sound, feel and overall oddness of outback Australia without going into descriptive detail very nicely done, and well worth the hour or two needed to read the whole thing In 2006, Australia made a low budget film version of PD, retitled Opal Dream Not bad lacks the punch of the narrator Ashmol s unique voice, but then adds other scenes and characters that nicely fill out the rather sparse plot of the book In particular, the trial scene is extended and rather nicely done, rather than being merely sketched out by Ashmol who didn t actually attend SPOILER ALERT And the ending of the film is different from the story, made upbeat in order to pass as feel good family fare But all in all, not a bad adaptation.


  8. says:

    A novella with imagination, set in the opal mining country of Australia A young girl has two imaginary friends, and everyone around her supports her, except her brother When her father is accused of ratting, or poaching someone else s land, she can t find her friends any and becomes very very ill Her brother decides to help her find her friends even though he thinks she s crazy Poignant and authentic I am happy I found this lying on the shelves in the library.


  9. says:

    Gem Beautiful and sad Unique voice What happened to Ben Rice


  10. says:

    This was a strange, atmospheric book that discussing mining towns, the power of community, and the deep ravine that connects the body and mind When Pobby and Dingan go missing, Ashmol doesn t really care Maybe it s Kellyanne s way of saying she s too old for her imaginary friends But when she gets sick, grieving, unable to eat, Ashmol wonders if the only way to make her feel better is to pretend that he s searching for them With a touch of magical realism, Rice s book is hopeful, refusing to be anything else for anybody else It is unrelenting in its aspiration for community and understanding, which makes it sweet and strangely emotional It s a book that s perfect for when the sun begins to set, great with a pot of tea It requires the still calmness of a lazy afternoon, one where you can be absorbed into Ashmol s world of impossibility and wonder Review cross listed here


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 Pobby and Dingan download Pobby and Dingan, read online Pobby and Dingan, kindle ebook Pobby and Dingan, Pobby and Dingan 5fa57785c3f9 This Enchanting Tale Is At Once A Beautifully Rendered Narrative Of Childhood Loss And A Powerfully Simple Fable About The Necessity Of ImaginationPobby And Dingan Are Kellyanne Williamson S Best Friends, Maybe Her Only Friends, And Only She Can See Them Kellyanne S Brother, Ashmol, Can T See Them And Doesn T Believe They Exist Anywhere But In Kellyanne S Immature Imagination Only When Pobby And Dingan Disappear And Kellyanne Becomes Heartsick Over Their Loss Does Ashmol Realize That Not Only Must He Believe In Pobby And Dingan, He Must Convince Others To Believe In Them, Too