Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice

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This enchanting tale is at once a beautifully rendered narrative of childhood loss and a powerfully simple fable about the necessity of imagination.

Pobby 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.

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About Ben Rice

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Ben Rice lives in London. This is his first book.From the Hardcover edition.
Published January 16, 2001 by Vintage. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The toughly boyish Ashmol ridicules Kellyanne’s friends, but his quick-witted sister is ever ready at their defense—when Ashmol punches the empty air where Dingan is supposed to “be” and asks why he gets no punches back, Kellyanne retorts, “Cos Dingan is a pacifist, stupid.” The same is true with...

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Hoping that his sister will eventually find Pobby and Dingan herself if she sees that other people think (or pretend) they're real, Ashmol pedals from bars to bowling clubs, announcing his purpose and posting signs.

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Book Reporter

POBBY AND DINGAN is Ben Rice's first novel and it is a very restrained one at that.

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Austin Chronicle

Ashmol Williamson narrates the tale of his sister, Kellyanne, and her two imaginary friends, Pobby and Dingan.

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