I like Emily Jenkins’ books. She’s a very good and funny author. I like Toys Go Out and Invisible Inkling. I like Invisible Inkling because it about an animal that is invisible, and I love invisible animals.
Invisible Inkling is a book about a boy named Hank. He is a boy who found Invisible Inkling. Invisible Inkling is an invisible animal who Hank found one day in his mother and father’s ice cream shop. Invisible Inkling took a cone and ate it, but Hank thought, “What in the world is taking that cone!? The cone is moving on its own!” Then Invisible Inkling went for a walk, and so did Hank. Hank went back to their apartment and went for a walk with one of their neighbor’s dogs. While they were walking, the dog that they were walking kept on barking and barking at midair. Then Invisible Inkling ran, and the dog ran after him. That’s how Hank found the invisible animal.
Then he went to school with Invisible Inkling, and Invisible Inkling kept on jumping on people’s heads and hurting them. People said, “Hank, stop putting things on top of our heads!” Hank said, “Invisible Inkling, you have to go.” At the end, finally Hank said, “OK, Invisible Inkling, you may stay,” because Invisible Inkling helped him. There was a boy named Gilllicut at the school who was hurting Hank, so Invisible Inkling jumped on his head and hurt him, and Gillicut never went back to Hank ever again.
I think the part where Hank said no to Invisible Inkling was bad in the book, because he helped Hank. I liked how Invisible Inkling jumped on people’s heads, and that he took the pizza away from Hank because he wanted cheesy goodness. I think seven- and six-year-old kids would like this book. Teenage kids, not really, because there’s a teenage girl in this book and she’s kind of coo-coo. She wouldn’t let Hank touch any of her stuff, not even her helicopter book.
I would rate this book a 7 because I love invisible animals, but it wasn’t a really great book because I don’t like Gillicut because he scared me. Here is a video about Invisible Inkling that you can watch. It shows Emily Jenkins and Invisible Inkling, so you can hear how he sounds for real.
Thank you for reading my review!
Love, your friend Camille
NOTE FROM MOM: This is a great book for kids like my daughter, whose reading skills sometimes surpass her ability (or maybe willingness) to relate to mature content. The book is thematically written for young kids but is challenging for strong readers. Emily Jenkins’ other books are among our favorites also. Both kids love the Toys Go Out books (three in the series), and I recently read the adult book Mr. Posterior and the Genius Child, an entertaining book which I greatly enjoyed. I related to Mr. Posterior on two levels: from the viewpoint of the main character (Vanessa, a young girl growing up in the 70’s) and her mother, whose parental ambiguity is a timeless topic. Check out Emily Jenkins’ site and try some of her books for both kids and adults: http://emilyjenkins.com/index.html