‘Inkling’ slides from Ethan’s father’s sketchbook one night. He soaks up the ink from Ethan’s text books and comics. ‘Inkling‘ grows bigger. When Ethan discovers him, his fear turns to a sense of responsibility. ‘Inkling’ reads and absorbs the characters and language of the books he reads, from ‘The BFG‘ to ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and ‘Anne of Green Gables‘. ‘Inkling‘ communicates with the children. At night, he absorbs the family’s fears and dreams. As Ethan and Sarah begin to depend on him, he grows stronger, until Ethan’s father meets him and relies on him in a different way.

‘Inkling‘ is a unique novel. Partly fantasy, it is also a story of grief and restoration, ambition and resilience. Ethan’s lack of confidence and his father’s inertia following Ethan’s mother’s death, are palpable. Feeling these through ‘Inkling‘ makes us more empathetic to the family’s plight. We rail at the ambitious Vika, and are protective of ‘Inkling‘ to the threat of predatory experiences.

Bookwagon recommends ‘Inkling‘ to readers with high emotional intelligence and a strong sense of wonder. This is a very special story that lingers, rather like a red ink spot, or the very finest piece of children’s literature.

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Kenneth Oppel


When a magical force releases ‘Inkling‘ from his father’s sketchbook, Ethan’s world is absorbed. From dreams, to chores, projects to sorrows, ‘Inkling’ learns about the family, Ethan’s friends and shortcomings. How can the family keep ‘Inkling’ safe from cats and intruders? How can they find their own words and pictures when ‘Inkling’ is so able to provide just the right ones?


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