Inkling

Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of The Nest, The Boundless, and Airborn comes a brilliantly funny, breakout book about a boy who discovers an ink blot that's come to life! Perfect for those who love Hoot and Frindle and sure to be a hit with kids everywhere!

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school - even though he can't draw. Sarah's still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom. So much more than they can say.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance's sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together - and then leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book - not good - and the story he's supposed to be illustrating for school - also not good. But Inkling's also started drawing the pictures to go with the story - which is amazing! It's just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too - for Sarah he's a puppy. And for Dad he's a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It's exactly what they all want. 

It's not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they - and Inkling - truly need.

Kenneth Oppel has given us a small masterpiece of middle-grade fiction. Inkling is funny and fizzy and exciting, and brimming with the kind of interesting ideas and dilemmas that kids will love to wrestle with. Get ready. A little ink blot is about to become your new favorite character!

©2018 Kenneth Oppel (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"This masterful novel is funny, sad, and profound all at once, with lively black-and-white illustrations by Sydney Smith. Kenneth Oppel has created many unusual protagonists during his stellar career, but his inventiveness reaches a whole new level with Inkling, an inkblot that is fully and vividly alive." (Quill and Quire, starred)

"Astounding." (New York Times Book Review)

"Inkling is at turns hilarious, when he mimics the language of the books he reads, and poignant, when he wonders about his identity and purpose. The undercurrent of loss and grief, not to mention questions of agency and personhood, give the story weight, but do not weigh it down. Smith's energetic and expressive ink drawings are the perfect complement and contribute to the storytelling in playful ways. Oppel’s latest is serious fun." (Booklist)

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Great for the whole family!!!

We listened to this on a family trip and kept all ranging in age from 3-32 entertained.

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Inkling was amazing

Inkling is the best book I have ever read. Inkling is such a small creature but means so much to Ethan’s family. Inkling is kind, caring, curious, and a very good dog! I highly recommend this book for people 8-12.

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Inkling

So good of a book did it for a report so cool
I really injoyed